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Are these LEDs any good?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BlazinBlueTaco, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    andrewkissam

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    You're going to get different results with different types of LED bulbs just like you get different results with different halogen bulbs. I forgot that video doesn't feature the diode dynamics bulbs which I am running.

    This video tests the diode dynamics sl1 in various vehicles and in the tacoma it produces nearly twice as much lux as the stock bulb:

    https://youtu.be/mZSNrvB_gEE

    I really do believe diode dynamics is a superior brand when it comes to LEDs. If you do some research and look at some of the videos on their YouTube channel you will see they seem to really know what they're doing and put a lot of thought into their R&D and use superior materials and engineering techniques.

    Even in a LED bulb that only produces marginally more light than stock there's more to it than light output. With LEDs you get a crisp white light that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also results in more contrast on the road. Things like lane markings, street signs, and road hazards all seem to sort of pop out at you in my experience due to the increase in contrast that white light provides you. With the yellowish light of halogens objects in front of you seem to blend into the road surface a little more.
     
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  2. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    So I read the threads and read them again. But after a friend changed his tundra over to LED, I was sold.

    So I searched through tons of didn't models and read rate listings for quality, etc... This is what I bought.

    https://www.amazon.com/Auxbeam-Headlight-Headlights-Conversion-Temperature/dp/B07BT9VZKW

    I bought 2 packs of H11 so I could change both the headlights and fog lights. Boy what a difference. Tons brighter on the low beam, doesn't shine much more down the road as they throw more light in the ditches on both sides of the road. High beams are incredible! For sure more light, another 50-75 feet further down the road. Love them.

    These rotate in the base that locks into the headlight backside. That way you can turn the blade straight up and down to adjust the light they throw.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:25 PM
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  4. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:56 PM
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    Technology of LED in projector headlights has and continues to improve, and I think you can find some that will be acceptable. But if you want to go that route, be prepared to pay well over $100 for the bulbs. Despite their claims, the $20-50 deals on Amazon and other vendors will in the end just cause you grief. I put some high output halogens in and love the light output but I'm still wanting for a cooler light. Still contemplating.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    ^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^
     
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  6. Jun 11, 2019 at 9:15 PM
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    I’m also running the Diode Dynamics SL1 LED’s and am very happy with them, the stock bulbs suck big time so a couple of candles are an improvement over stock!
     
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  7. Jun 12, 2019 at 2:07 AM
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    I've been using Xenon Depot (one of the TW sponsors) LED's for about 7 months on a stock Sport and they have outperformed the stock offering hands down. I'm certainly not going back to halogen.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2019 at 4:22 AM
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    No matter what LED you put in the stock housing its light output is going to be just as crappy as stock. The only reason to go LED is for aesthetics in matching the DRL strip. So to answer your question, no.

    Doesnt matter how high end you go, if youre putting LED bulbs in the stock projector housings they are going to underperform and wont be much better than stock. Until you've actually got empirical data like crashnburn80s experiment that supports your placebo observation, i'll have a listen. There's too many fanbois here that will buy something and emphatically believe their purchase is irrefutably the best product on the market with zero evidence to back their claims. They'll defend their stance impudently completely in the face of evidence that disproves their belief.
     
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  9. Jun 12, 2019 at 5:24 AM
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    OP....I can tell you first hand that a quality LED bulb is a massive improvement over the stock halogen low beams. Don't use the cheap LEDs because they do not have the adjustable collar. The LED has to be turned the right way inside the housing in order to project that beam forward. I use Putco Silverlux Pro and they're not cheap but they're the best. The patented weave cloth heat sinks on the back of each bulb eliminate noisy cooling fans that will eventually stop working and cause the LED to overheat. Best bulb I have ever used.

    https://www.amazon.com/Putco-280011-Silver-Headlight-Conversion/dp/B01B9K4EW4
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:23 AM
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    It happens to all of us, but you previously stated that it was "required". The use of the word required seems to be what is being challenged.

    The person responding is pointing out that it is not required, unless of course you mean that you have a preference for the retrofit to meet your own set of standards.
     
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  11. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    I am always weary when changing fog lights. Fog is the condition where having brighter, whiter etc lights provides a worse situation.
     
  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:34 AM
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    One of the consequences of many current businesses manufacturing overseas is that the factory that produces high end products for a name brand, can be used/replicated to produce off brand products of similar design, and potentially using the same quality of component.

    Not saying it's right, but I know it happens. So the result is that for every quality name brand product manufactured in China, there is probably a knock off version lifted from the intellectual property of said brand.

    No personal experience regarding LEDs, bit just a statement in general.
     
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  13. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:47 AM
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    When I first got my truck I bought one of the relatively cheap led bulbs from Amazon that got 4.5 star reviews.

    Popped them in, and they looked good facing the front.

    After a dark country back road drive in rain, I realized that the light output was pretty subpar.

    Did a lot of research and even went with GE Megalight Ultra 130's, but wasn't happy with the color matching and the exptected life expectancy of them even though the light output was good.

    In the end, I found a youtube review from runnin 4 tacos on DDM Sabre LEDs

    https://youtu.be/d03aEcvpW0k

    They looked fairly bright from the review, so I took a chance on them.

    Couldn't be happier and the light output is as bright as they are reviewed.
     
  15. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    Couldn't disagree with you more. You have to try for yourself before making such statement.
     
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    I've always been worried about Fire Explosions. Especially from my headlights.
     
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    Is there a lot of this? I've never seen a news story about it but of course lack of that doesn't mean they don't exist. Just never hear or seen one, so personally, I wouldn't sweat it. Of course I live on the edge. :plane:
     
  18. Jun 13, 2019 at 1:04 AM
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    I have tried them and junked them
     
  19. Jun 13, 2019 at 1:21 AM
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    Exactly what brand have you tried? As mentioned before, many brands make them but only few that make them "shine".
     
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    I have these as well, huge improvement over stock and the h9s, there def are some haters on leds here. You can't go cheap on them or you will have crappy quality. These hikari's are made very well and optimized for the projector and sits right where the halogens sit. Wouldn't go back to halogen, thats for sure.
     
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