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3rd Gen HID vs LED vs Halogen H11 projector headlights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by crashnburn80, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Dec 13, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestion crashnburn80, I'll look into these.
     
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  2. Dec 14, 2019 at 12:27 PM
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    Anyone install H9's and not impressed by how the perform? Asking for a friend lol.
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2019 at 12:54 PM
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    Exactly opposite. I am very impressed with the H9 bulbs in the low beam position.
     
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  4. Dec 14, 2019 at 3:09 PM
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    Ever get light flashed by other drivers Tullie? I haven’t put my H9’s in my low beams yet other than to check fit after mod, the GE 130+ do well except in the rain I would like more light for these terrible blacktop roads.
     
  5. Dec 14, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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    I've had the H9 bulbs in for about 6 months now, and haven't been flashed yet.
     
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    Good deal. I thought that with the projector cutoffs that might not be an issue.
     
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  7. Dec 14, 2019 at 5:15 PM
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    I haven't been on this thread for about a year. At the time, the GE megalight was the best performer. I got a set and later decided to get a backup set. They were starting to get hard to find so I got a set of hella h9 as they were close to the same performance.

    I just recently decided to try the hella h9's and I am liking them much better. I don't use my headlights much so I'm not thinking my bias is based on degradation of the ge's. The ge's were focused and let me see down the road, however it seemed they were too focused, great hotspot but little periphery light. My driving is rural city driving with wide roads and little street lighting. Deer and wild turkeys are common and peripheral lighting helps alot. Using the fog lights (offroad h11) helps to fill this void. The h9, although not as focused seems to put a fair amount of light to the sides as well as down the road. It helps alot to see moving hazards even without the fogs.
     
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  8. Dec 14, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    Helpful, thanks. I have th Philips H9s but as mentioned above not installed yet. Also bought like new OEM fogs from marketplace here and when I get the rest of the parts needed will put them on my SR. Maybe spring it’s cold out there haha.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2019 at 10:00 PM
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    Just bought a set of ge mega light to replace h9 hella 2.0. (One bulb died on me after 3 years using it)

    Reading through the thread I understood that the ge where slightly better than a h9 swap.. Am I correct?

    for those who asked if the h9 wave glare or bother other oncoming cars let me tell you that the cutoff on the headlight is perfect... you won’t blind anyone unless your headlights are aimed too high.
     
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  11. Dec 15, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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    The GEs had just higher peak intensity, but the Hellas will put out more overall light, meaning you get more light to the sides of your pattern with the H9s than the GEs.
     
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    Crash - I just wanted to say, thanks your research and education, I notice just about every on coming car with glare issues and can pinpoint what they did to create the danger to on coming drivers.

    Thank you sir!
     
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    This is cool. Audi's new matrix led headlight system. an auto adjusting "blanket of light. the edges of the beam to project, in real-time, a 10 to 50-meter carpet of light." -article

    These look like real "projector headlights"

    https://www.slashgear.com/audi-digi...ok-the-e-tron-tech-the-us-cant-have-13601695/

    https://youtu.be/zoEBOMuZGnQ

    @crashnburn80 showed me a different video

    https://youtu.be/P5bBEfphebI

    I attend endurance sports car races races that run into the darkness of a 24 hours race. Gt and prototype class (Rolex 24 at Daytona) so I have seen the world of automotive lighting grow as racing grows. Especially in the prototype class where everything has been led based.
    I'm glad to see that this level of lighting is coming to the consumer.Things are tested in racing and eventually make their way to the consumer.
     
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    oh...come on! Coming from Hellas h9 2.0 I hope it is not much of a difference.... I guess I’ll give it a try....
     
  15. Dec 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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    You can always swap the GEs to the fogs if you like the H9s better!
     
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  16. Dec 15, 2019 at 11:52 AM
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    By the way, probably you have read this a lot here on this thread, but here it goes again:
    what a nice write up sir!
     
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    @crashnburn80 I went back in the thread and maybe I missed it, but did you ever test the Japan Phillips Led bulb?
     
  18. Dec 16, 2019 at 8:52 AM
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    Not yet! Currently suffering from death by holidays. I need to get on it though and have a day where the weather cooperates for outdoor distance testing.
     
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    got ya. sorry about the death. Stay positive have a good day. take a day or two off from here.
     
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    I think you misunderstood him, he likely meant his holiday responsibilities have overwhelmed him to the point his testing routine has suffered. I know the feeling well. ;)
     
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