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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. Mar 23, 2021 at 6:06 PM
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    mynameistory

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    If you're still looking for more money to spend (and keep the deer in check), check out the J581 driving light thread. Street legal auxiliary lamps to supplement your high beams. Continuing with the theme of the SS3, I really recommend the pro driving lights (in 4000K white).
     
  2. Mar 23, 2021 at 8:06 PM
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    pinktaco808

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    Wahh
     
  3. Mar 23, 2021 at 11:55 PM
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    daveeasa Slowest crimp in the West

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    I took this picture on 395 tonight when I finally got a nice lonely stretch. Didn’t get any time to contemplate using my high beams, just a bit too much traffic. Shows off the OEM LED spray. Sorry it's so blurry. With more gear in the bed and 4 passengers it’s hard to know how well the aim is vs when I tried to adjust it without any load.

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  4. Mar 24, 2021 at 1:11 AM
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    Where ya headed Dave?
     
  5. Mar 24, 2021 at 3:23 AM
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    Thank you. Appreciate the tip. This is funny cause I was thinking of looking into this as well, but gonna run with what I brung for now and see how it goes.... but I do think this would be more my preference vs lights bars and such. plus, I’m tapped out after the lift... hahaha!
     
  6. Mar 24, 2021 at 5:18 PM
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    I was hoping to get a good action photo today but alas, hard to do the one parent two kids + my dad who is mostly a dependent and get good documentation at the same time. I was really hoping for a legit dump tomorrow but looks like the light dusting last night is all we get of fresh. Nice and warm up here this afternoon. Lots of walking/driving though and not exactly fun driving, just congested parking and slow road driving.

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  7. Mar 24, 2021 at 6:49 PM
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    MikeyMcFly This is heavy, Doc.

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    Man, I need to fix my aim because your throw is MUCH better than mine. Now that it's not 10 degrees out all the time I'll find a level spot and use your guide to set them up because that looks SO much better to me. Granted, if I truly need ALL THE LIGHT, I throw my 30" KC bar on, but then I'm just "that guy".

    How are the Nokians treating you?
     
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  8. Mar 25, 2021 at 11:07 AM
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    Go read the first post.
     
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  9. Mar 25, 2021 at 11:10 AM
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    Which is the brightest h9 bulbs?
     
  10. Mar 25, 2021 at 11:15 AM
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  11. Mar 25, 2021 at 4:01 PM
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    Shout out to @crashnburn80 for helping me out with the lights, the man has put in the work for the Tacoma community. Just stuck the H9s into my tacoma. Had to do a little filing to the metal tabs but oh boy do they make a difference!
     
  12. Mar 25, 2021 at 10:19 PM
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    Follow up by reading posts #2 and #3. The Philips H9 swap covered in post #2 is the highest performing recommended option for the halogen 3rd Gen light assemblies. If you want slightly whiter light, go with the Hella H9 Performance 2.0s, which are a little lower in output than the Philips bulbs. LEDs do not perform as well as halogens in a halogen assembly and HIDs produce excessive uplight due to the halogen uplight allowance causing excessive glare, not to mention bulb bounce issues and the complexity of ballasts. If interested in HID a retrofit with a proper HID projector using a legitimate HID capsule such as D2S to run quality made capsules instead of cheap china rebased HID products like H11 or H1 HIDs would be in order. If wanting higher output than the H9s provide, the best performing recommended option is the OEM LED assembly swap.
     
  13. Mar 26, 2021 at 11:33 AM
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    i did the h9 swap a few weeks ago and didn't notice how much better it is until i pulled up to another tacoma with the stock bulbs.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2021 at 11:35 AM
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    In urban environments with lots of light it may not be very noticeable as the light color is the same. But get out on some dark backroads and the improvement should be very apparent.
     
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    Dark roads & SoCal don’t exist together :/
     
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    Go to Death Valley or the MNP. Brightest thing out there are the stars and the moon.
     
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    Best I’ve seen is camping near Palomar observatory. But there’s nothing within ~45 min of me now :/
     
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    How much are the hella
     
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