After blowing a fog lamp yesterday, I did what any self-respecting Jeeper would do: I started looking for ways to upgrade. Unfortunately, though, a quick reality check convinced me a highfalutin’ set of LED lamps with smoked lenses just isn’t in the cards right now.
Instead, a quick trip to my local big-box retailer netted a pair of Sylvania Silverstar replacement bulbs, which claim as much as a 35 percent higher light output and 30 percent wider beam than the original-equipment Mopar lamps.
This install is as easy as it comes, so let’s get to it.
- Sylvania Silverstar 9145 or 9145 ST bulbs (2)
- Flat-head screwdriver or short-blade knife
Step 1: Remove the OEM bulbs
Reach underneath the front bumper of the Jeep and grasp the back of the OEM bulb unit. Twist one-quarter turn counterclockwise to release the bulb, then gently pull it back to free it from the reflector housing. Next, use a flat-head screwdriver to pry up the security tab over the bulb’s integrated prong. Holding the bulb mount between your thumb and index finger, pull the bulb away from the wiring harness.
Step 2: Install replacement bulb
To install the new bulb, simply reverse the process.
Push the new bulb into the wiring harness until it audibly snaps into place. (NOTE: DO NOT touch the bulb, as the oils from your hands can cause it to shatter as it heats up.) Guide the bulb into the reflector housing and twist one-quarter clockwise turn to lock it into place.
At first glance, the Silverstar bulbs produce a noticeably brighter and more pure light than the OEM lamps. (While the difference is visible in the photos, the real-world difference is even more stark.)
View the side-by-side and post-change photos and judge for yourself. Check back in a day or so for an on-the-road review.
Total time to complete
About 5 minutes
Total project cost
$43, including sales tax