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need new headlights

One of my high beam headlights is out, I was thinking of moving one of my regular lights to its spot and buying a set new lights for the low beams.

Mine are old and real yellowish,I don't really want to go crazy bright and get HIDs but would like something alittle brighter and more whitish

Any ideas ? Or should I just replace the one highbeam for $15 at autozone?

Is also like to stay under $75 for the set.

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High and low beam headlights are different, and the plugs on the back are also different, if I recall correctly, so you can't swap them around like that. I just replaced all four of mine with Sylvania halogens from O'Reilly auto parts, and it made a HUGE difference in my night visibility, especially with the high beams on.
The problem is that the plugs on the new headlamps are not long enough to fully engage the old connectors, so they come off easily. I tried to solve this by putting clear silicone RTV (gasket sealant) on the plugs before installing them. Worked fine at first, but now one of my high beams is loose again and doesn't always work. I don't know of any manufacturer that makes halogens with the correct plug interface. Maybe call one of the Pontiac specialists and see if the headlights they offer have the right connectors.
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Yes, just upgrade to the standard replacement halogen lights. Big improvement without blinding people with those friggin' OBNXIOUS blue headlights.
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also u can wire in a relay to get full power to the h/lights u will see a good improvement in brightness
u do loose some voltage when going through the h/light switch
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To me, the biggest issue is the dang prongs for the connections on the new headlights. I took my GTO to dinner tonight, all was good until I left, since it was getting dark. The driver's side low beam didn't work, so I got out and tapped it with my hand, and it came on. When I closed the door getting back in the car it went out, so I got back out and did it again and this time it stayed on. But, it flickered on some bumps on the way home. Great that the halogens are much brighter, but someone has got to make a light with the right length prongs so that our old car connectors will work.
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So for those of us that are not as concerned with "exact originality" are there sockets out there we could swap out that would indeed make contact with the new shorter leads that are on the halogen headlights.

Additionally, would the re-pop headlight harness have compatible plugs?

Thanks
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I just picked up 4 new sylvania xtrvision bulbs tonight and I see what Jeff is talking about. These new shorter prongs don't quite get in the socket enough to stay connected
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