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Headlight upgrades

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ncyrider, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. Apr 3, 2020 at 1:09 PM
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    ncyrider

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    2017 SR5...What are the best setups when it comes to upgrading the stock headlights to LED? Ive seen plenty of the complete headlight replacements. But I don't want to spend $250+ and just want to get the headlight (mainly the projectors) bulbs from halogen to quality LED bulbs...if it's worth it, and doesn't blind oncoming traffic like some of the led bulb upgrades for other/older vehicles.
     
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    I just did the Diode Dynamics SL1 for $150 and removed my GE Mega 130. To me they surpass the GEs and are more focused and way brighter. I don't get any flashing from other vehicles.
     
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    Headlight upgrades are a no brainer. They just make driving safer, in my opinion, but you get the added benefit of fun installing and customizing.
     
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    I would caution you to stay away from The Retrofit Source. I purchased through them and had a terrible time with their customer service. Often, I'd be on hold for 20 minutes, then the call would just drop me. Sometimes they had the "enter your number, we'll call you back" feature on. Other times, they didn't. In addition, on hold, their auto message is about as annoying as you can possibly fathom.
     
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    :thumbsup:I was waiting for that @Boghog1 to be thrown out. Lots of info In that one.. long story short hid better in the halogen projector lens than led.
     
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    Just to clarify - it is STRONGLY recommended to NOT run LED bulbs in the stock halogen projectors. You will downgrade your effective light output and you will create glare for oncoming traffic. Please read the posts made by @crashnburn80

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/why-leds-should-not-be-run-in-halogen-reflectors.454371/
     
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    Note those are not an SAE product, despite what the add says. The are copies of Baja's SAE lights, which were also not SAE compliant and Baja issued fixes for them which involved putting blockout plates behind the lens which significantly reduced output. Money is far better spent on the Diode Dynamics SS3 lights which are far brighter than Baja and actually SAE compliant.

    Note he is asking about projectors which the internal light shield will prevent glare, that post is about reflectors.
     
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  13. Apr 3, 2020 at 2:15 PM
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    @crashnburn80 well that sucks butt. I searched and I so nothing on these. Or maybe I just suck at reading lol. Thanks for the heads up. Fudge
     
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    The Baja product is covered in post #964 here: Baja Designs. Note at the end the 'fix' for the lights is shown. The iJDMToy is a knockoff without the fix.
     
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