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HID problem

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by stmcg21061, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Jan 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    stmcg21061

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    I have an 07 tacoma trd off-road. last week I had a local shop who "specialized" in HID's install a set of 8000K hid lights on my truck. When I picked my truck up later that day the guy told me that they could not install hid's on my low beam/running light, so they took my stock high beams out and put the new HID's there. So i now have HID high beams which I cannot use because they are blinding the hell out of people.

    Has anyone heard of this?? Any advice would be great!
    Thanks
     
  2. Jan 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    707tothe907

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    If they specialize in hids they should have been able to use a bixenon bulb...
     
  3. Jan 2, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    t4daddy

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    You were taken, go back and raise hell, anyone knows how to install bi-xenon HIDs.
     
  4. Jan 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    colinb17

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    correct. your stock bulb in the main part of the headlight is an H4 hallogen bulb that changes wattages to increase brightness. there are 35 watt and 55 watt h4 bulbs, more than likely you had a 35 watt HID in there, and they swapped it out for a 55 watt which is too bright for street driving. what you need, as stated above is a bixenon bulb in 35 watts. it is a hi/low bulb just like stock which will allow you to have normal headlights as well as your high beams like stock. they work differently, but have essentailly the same effect. also, the higher bulb temperatures, while they don't actually put out as much light, come off as being brighter and more blinding than the lower temperatures. unless you're intentionally going for the color of the 8000k bulbs, i'd go down somewhere between 4500 and 6000k. you'll have better visibility, and in my opinion, arten't as hard on oncoming drivers. i can stare right at a 35 watt 5000k hid all night, but an 8000 or 10000k hurts my eyes right away.
    sorry for the long post, i hope the shop can work things out with you
     
  5. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    The low beam and high beam on our trucks are in the same bulb. They have dual filament bulbs. Its not the change in wattage thats the difference in high and low. Its the filament position.

    Basically they took out the 2 filament bulb and put in a single HID bulb. The position of the light is wrong for the housing. Thats why they blind people. And you now have no high and low.

    Do some research and do this mod yourself.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    ^^^ chris is correct, disregard my comment about change in wattage. it is indeed a dual filiment. a hi/low hid bulb uses an electro-megnet to pull the bulb back in the housing, which is similar to the position of the second filiment in the halogen H4s
     
  7. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:32 PM
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    Its all good. You can install a setup like Colin described, however you will still run into glare issues. I would say either live with the standard headlights, or look into a projector retrofit. But to each their own.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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    stmcg21061

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    thanks for the help guys. I wanted to do it myself but I dident wanna go messing with stuff I dident understand. Im taking my truck back to the shop this week to see if they can fix it. The place is called micro-edge performance.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    if you stay with a plug and play HID setup, aim your headlights down a little further than normal. you will still have better visibility than stock, but it will help with glare to oncomign drivers a little (there will still be glare though)
     
  10. Jan 2, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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    ok cool! ill have to mess around with it. thanks man
     
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