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Headlight Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by EatMeImATaco, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Mar 4, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    EatMeImATaco

    EatMeImATaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    One of my headlights went out today (passenger side) on my 2014 DCLB Sport. I've been wanting to replace the the stock headlights with something "cooler" for a while now but there have always been other priorities so might as well be now.

    What recommendations does the team have? Cost isn't huge, but it is something I will keep in mind. I'm looking at the Cali Raised Fog Light replacement kit (may as well do those at the same time) and would prefer something LED based, black/smoke casing, and definitely easy to install or plug-and-play as I want to do this myself and am not terribly confident in my mechanical skills. And if you've got pictures or links to what you've done it would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Edit: Adding that I wouldn't mind replacing the tail lights with a matching set either, but it isn't something I NEED to do now...
     
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  2. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:26 PM
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    crashnburn80

    crashnburn80 Vehicle Design Engineer

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    Best headlight upgrade without doing a full HID projector retrofit:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/

    You should not put LEDs in your stock housings, performance will be terrible, you’ll emit glare everywhere. See this thread:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/why-leds-should-not-be-run-in-halogen-reflectors.454371/

    If you want LED fogs, select a real fog pattern LED pod. The Cali Pods are spots, not fogs. Check out most all the available LED fogs for a Tacoma:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-led-sae-j583-fog-pod-fog-light-review.554813/
     
  3. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:33 PM
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    EatMeImATaco

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    Good information on the fog lights, I will definitely be looking into those more before settling.

    For the headlights however I was looking at replacing the entire housing, not just the bulbs. Something like this is what I had in mind: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FNVMMC4
     
  4. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:42 PM
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    Aftermarket housings are a downgrade in performance. Housings are highly precision engineered optical devices, OEMs engineer best optical performance, aftermarket is looking to sell based on looks alone and performance suffers. So choose what is based on importance to you. The reason I recommend TRD smoked, is it looks more aggressive but still retains the highest quality optical performance available.
     
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  5. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:53 PM
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    EatMeImATaco

    EatMeImATaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm liking those... Thanks for the information!
     
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