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Headlight bulb out... what replacement bulb kicks @ss?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Apex1, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Feb 7, 2019 at 2:02 PM
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    Apex1

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    So I did read the ultimate headlight / fog light threads. There is just too much info in those threads. Maybe this thread can be the crib notes version or just share your own experiences. I just want a plug and play H4 and H11 bulbs. No LED conversions or any of that crap. I plan on not upgrading harnesses and I don't care about light color, all I care about is output.

    My take away from the above mentioned, very informative threads are the Orsam bulbs are the way to go. Which ones do I want?

    https://www.amazon.com/Osram-Premiu...=1549576427&sr=8-1&keywords=osram+h4+100/90+w

    or

    https://www.amazon.com/generation-b...=osram+h4+night+breaker+laser+next+generation

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2019 at 2:04 PM
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    Idk if @CaliRaisedLed still has those pretty sweet led headlamps
    They where pretty solid plug and play!

    Jake those still available?

    Nevermind. He dont want led
     
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    This is what I have been using. Not sure how they compare to the ones you listed but they are a definite improvement over the dim stock headlights.
    https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Crys...1549577190&sr=1-5&keywords=h11+headlight+bulb
     
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    Nah, Im just familiar with the thread, very comprehensive work.
     
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    god no... please NO. LED scatter is horrible and blinds everyone.
     
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    You should not run those Osram bulbs without the harness. You’ll likely blow your fuses when you hit the high beam as they will pull 200w.

    The Nightbreaker +150 Lasers are disappointing. I think they went overboard with the blue coating.

    Best H4 options for no harness:
    -Osram All Season Super -these are 75/68w bulbs listed as 60/55w. They are more yellow in color.
    -GE +130 Megalight, good low beam but reduced high beam due to blue coating.
    -GE +120 Megalight. Better high beam than +130 due to no coating.

    This info is in the original post of the main thread. Updates are coming to that thread to show a more comprehensive comparison against the differing performance bulbs.
     
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    I picked up a set of Philips X-tremeVision +130% and just installed them a few minutes ago. I have to say, the pictures don't do them justice. My lenses are dirty and covered in salt and in person they look extremely white and clear.

    I can't wait to drive at night and try them out.

    20190207_170908.jpg
     
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    I have those as well, and am quite happy with their performance
     
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    All LEDs in halogen reflectors cause glare and scatter. This is fundamental physics. They are trying to sell you a product.
    See this thread:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/why-leds-should-not-be-run-in-halogen-reflectors.454371/

    Even aside from the glare and scatter, LEDs do not project in a halogen housing. Meaning you lose your distance projection. It is a long read, but see this thread for why backed by scientific proof:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/3rd-gen-hid-vs-led-vs-halogen-h11-projector-headlights.589465/
     
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    Those are good bulbs to balance performance with bulb life, as they are rated at a reasonable 420 hours. High beam performance is down though since they coated the high beam on that bulb.
     
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    I had no idea it was coated. For some reason I was under the impression that it wasnt but either way I'm happy. I'm betting the low beam on these are still an improvement over the stock high beams :)
     
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    Here is a photo. Many manufactures do this to give a whiter look without significantly reducing performance, which can work well on a single filament bulb, but on a dual filament like the H4 many end up covering the high beam filament.

    upload_2019-2-7_15-26-30.jpg
     
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    I have a 12 and completed both of your upgrades. I’ve gotten into the habit of turning off my fogs as well for oncoming traffic. I have seen oncoming drivers turn away from the light.
     
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    @crashnburn80 I completely forgot to check the bulbs (the ones in the package are the stock ones).

    Seems like I have the same ones.

    20190207_183457.jpg
     
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    Yeah, those are very bright too, though the 05-11 version is brighter. The problem is the factory fogs do not do a great job of glare control. I’m working on an update for the 12+ fogs to hopefully significantly reduce glare, and push output even higher and also offer some color temp tuning options. I’ve posted 1-2 early test results in the thread.
     
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