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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. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    TheCochese

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    While box cutters are sharp, they may not be sharp. I prefer a smaller blade as well.
     
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    So a different type/style of knife? Can I buy a vowel??? Starts with the letter.....???
     
  3. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:11 AM
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    Exacto. Or a really good quality box cutter blade.
     
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  4. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:12 AM
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    So, small tab (optional) with wire cutters, large tab with pliers and box cutter blade (brand new) and perhaps leveraging pliers to apply pressure?
     
  5. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:13 AM
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    The other thing that might work really well is a nice sharp chisel. Just pare it down.
     
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  6. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:33 AM
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    I use a small pocket knife, but even a good kitchen pairing knife would be easier than a box cutter. The blade is too large on a box cutter to maneuver much inside the bulb base.
     
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  7. Oct 6, 2020 at 8:43 AM
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    I used my pocket knife honestly. Just whittled it away.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2020 at 9:56 AM
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    I used a dremel, grinding stone on the metal tab, small cutting bit on the inner plastic tab. It went very smoothly to my surprise, only had one or two quick instances of the bit jumping while working on the plastic. When that happened I bounced between the two terminals for a second trying to keep my hand still, felt like that scene in 2 Fast 2 Furious where the mustang bounced between the two semi trucks....

    but honestly it wasn't so bad, was a little iffy with it being the first time doing that, but happy with results.
     
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  9. Oct 6, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    Yep, that’s it. The box cutter blade will fit enough to do the job if you lead with the pointed end. The tab on the bulb mount, as you said, is optional to trim but if you take off about one or two dime widths from the larger of the three tabs on the end with the thinner metal, it’s easy to cut and it will make the bulb fit the mount with no effort.
     
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  10. Oct 6, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    Took less than a week to get these bad boys from the UK! Will install and report back my non-scientific impressions over the next few days!53C0CAB2-922A-42EE-87DA-E1FA7CE059B1.jpg
     
  11. Oct 6, 2020 at 11:35 AM
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    Good Stuff! Mine are on the way. Currently running HIKARI Ultra LED. Looking forward to your review and looking forward to receiving mine.
     
  12. Oct 6, 2020 at 11:47 AM
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    Comparisons between the +100 Philips I’ve been a die hard fan of vs the new Pro150s. To me they look very similar aside from the narrow blue band in the center and a slightly larger glare cap...

    5140530C-7008-4AD3-AA2C-88490DC050AB.jpg C3135832-8B76-4F66-9B5B-421ADF2A0883.jpg
     
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    If you have the opportunity, you might replace only one and get a side-by-side wall shot at night.
     
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    Is the blue band at the tip of the 100 darker than the 150?
     
  15. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:01 PM
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    yes, it does appear a bit darker for sure. I’ve got my 3yr old who needs my attention tonight but will try to get some side by sides in the next couple of days to compare! Sounds like others here will soon have them as well including our resident mad scientist, Crash :)

    I still will be amazed if a 400hr light comes close to competing with some of the shorter lifespan bulbs but if this 400hr bulb outperforms the 300hr +100s that’s a nice upgrade in and of itself
     
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    I used dykes (diagonal cutters) to trim the metal tab.
    My favorite German ones to start:
    https://www.amazon.com/KNIPEX-70-02...iagonal+cutters+knipex&qid=1602039571&sr=8-13
    Then a cheap pair of smaller harbor freight $1.29 cutters with a smaller head to get closer and with a cutting/twisting motion to finish the job:
    IMG_1706.jpg

    Doesn't have to be perfect, you see the end result above and it fits just fine. Took about a minute using both cutters to do it.

    For trimming the plastic tab I used a utility knife with the fresh sharp blade extended fully out, wearing gloves, with a few slices and chops on each side of the tab it sliced it all the way to the bottom and out, also in about a minute.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-3-4-in-1-Blade-Retractable-Utility-Knife/1000594623
    So many ways to skin this cat :D
     
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    I tried box cutter, hot knife, cutters.. didn’t work. Someone recommended this and surprisingly they work perfectly. There are some Harbor Freight for 3.99, but they were out of stock and ended up getting similar from HD.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-5-in-Light-Weight-Flush-Cutter-D2755/100647983




     
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    After reading this thread last year, I quickly made the switched to H9s. Even did it for my moms 2011 Camry. But, I have to say I notice way too many individuals running LEDs in Halogens and it fucking hurts my eyes!!!
     
  19. Oct 7, 2020 at 2:27 AM
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  20. Oct 7, 2020 at 3:20 AM
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    Hello @crashnburn80, I have spent hours reading your lighting threads, thank you so much for your time, effort, and work you put into the info for random strangers! Very cool! I apologize if this has already been addressed, but after scanning the thread for awhile, I was unable to find anything on the high beam bulbs. Do you have a recommended bulb? Would an LED bulb get better throw distance in the highbeam reflector, vs the low beam projector?

    Thanks for any input!
     

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