GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps
GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps. Click image to enlarge

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GE Nighthawk Platinum

GE lighting has introduced a new high-performance headlight that claims to produce 90 per cent more lighting as compared to GE’s standard halogen headlights. They claim that the new Nighthawk Platinum produces a cleaner, whiter light for increased visibility. A whiter light can produce better contrast for visibility of street signs as well as lines on the road.

GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps
GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps. Click image to enlarge

Designed with the driver in mind, GE states that they are simple to install, require no wiring changes, will last several years or more and they meet the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Installation time and degree of difficulty will vary with every vehicle, but on my 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe, it was fairly simple. The tools required were a 10-mm socket, Phillips screwdriver and a cold beverage. After removing the three 10-mm bolts securing the headlight assembly to the vehicle and disconnecting the quick release wiring harnesses, I was able to remove the old bulbs and replace with the new Platinum Halogens. The only difficulty I encountered was when one of the spring loaded wires, which holds the bulbs to the headlight assembly, went flying across the garage and trying to figure out how to reassemble it was a challenge. Luckily I had the other headlight assembly by which to compare and re-assembly continued. Total time was less than half an hour.

GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps
GE Nighthawk Platinum halogen headlamps; photo courtesy GE. Click image to enlarge

The new Platinum Halogens are an improvement over the OEM bulbs in night-time driving, especially on unlit country roads, and the lights seem to project further ahead. They have a whiter light as compared to the yellowish tint of the OEM’s, but the difference is not quite as dramatic as GE would lead you to believe.

Would I rush out and buy these to replace my OEM bulbs? Probably not, but if I needed to replace a burnt-out bulb or my daily commute included a lot of country road driving, then an upgrade to the Nighthawk Platinum Halogens would be a good idea.

Retail pricing starts at $59.99 and are available at most auto parts stores.

Check out GE’s website for a vehicle fitment guide.

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