1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

I need new bulbs for my Headlights.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Wolftaco0503, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM
    #1
    Wolftaco0503

    Wolftaco0503 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2015
    Member:
    #168040
    Messages:
    15,730
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    Chicago
    Vehicle:
    2013 Super White LONG BED TRD SPORT 4x4
    Maglite mod Bottle Opener in bed Weathertech Mats Front & Back
    Which are the brightest, I don't want the blue ones?
     
  2. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:03 PM
    #2
    SocalOC

    SocalOC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2017
    Member:
    #212470
    Messages:
    2,594
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 Sport
    17" rockstart 2 levling kit 285/70/17 toyo ipen country
    But the blue ones are cool
     
  3. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM
    #3
    Wolftaco0503

    Wolftaco0503 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2015
    Member:
    #168040
    Messages:
    15,730
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    Chicago
    Vehicle:
    2013 Super White LONG BED TRD SPORT 4x4
    Maglite mod Bottle Opener in bed Weathertech Mats Front & Back
    There also illegal in my state.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:09 PM
    #4
    SocalOC

    SocalOC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2017
    Member:
    #212470
    Messages:
    2,594
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 Sport
    17" rockstart 2 levling kit 285/70/17 toyo ipen country
    Thats whats so cool about them .... i have a hid kit with 8k lights ultra white and ultra annoying if you have a lowered car
     
  5. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:16 PM
    #5
    ABNFDC

    ABNFDC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2016
    Member:
    #195902
    Messages:
    633
    Gender:
    Male
    15R WQ 02258 43385
    Vehicle:
    2008 4WD Access Cab TRD OR "Rugged Trail"
    265/75/16 AT3s, Dakar rear, Bilstein 5100 @1.75
    Sylvania Silverstar Ultras have been good for me. I did have one bulb blow at about 18 months and I see from reviews that longevity isn't the best. Otherwise, they do their job and light up the road without being obnoxious.
     
    Rambo54 and orezona like this.
  6. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:21 PM
    #6
    SocalOC

    SocalOC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2017
    Member:
    #212470
    Messages:
    2,594
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2015 Sport
    17" rockstart 2 levling kit 285/70/17 toyo ipen country
    Ive used those on ever other car ive owned and i like them alot
     
  7. Mar 14, 2017 at 4:27 PM
    #7
    robrides

    robrides Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2015
    Member:
    #149268
    Messages:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    03 DC then 05 TRD OR then 2015 TRD Sport 4x4
    ICON Stage 2, 31x10.5, ARE Topper, Fuel Wheels, Anytime Backup Camera, Electric Brake Controller, Ultra-Gauge, K&N filter
    I went the XenonDepot route, LEDs, after having tried and returned the HIDs from HIDeXtra (no hassle on the return either). Very happy with the LEDs, very bright (unbelievable difference from stock). As pointed out in many lighting threads, HIDs will likely have scatter. The LEDs I have, admittedly have a hint of scatter that I can see when pulling out of my driveway as the lights hit the trees across the road. I've never been flashed though (got flashed a lot with the HIDs). The high beam output is not great but my light bar helps out there so not a big deal. Pricey but I was able to find a 20% coupon at the time.

    H4 12953BWX2 Philips X-treme Ultinon LED Bulb
    [DRL Upgrade:Without DRL] 1 US $249.99

    12834UNIX2-H11 H11 / H8 / H16 Philips X-treme Ultinon LED Fog Bulb
    1 US $159.99
     
  8. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:26 PM
    #8
    AKHawkeye

    AKHawkeye Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2014
    Member:
    #131433
    Messages:
    516
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chris
    Anchorage, AK
    Vehicle:
    15 AC Sport 4x4 6 Spd
    Locked as stock
    Go with Sylvanias, but know they won't last as long. Every set I've had in other cars has lasted around 18-24 months. I would avoid LED and HID's for the pure fact of scatter and blinding oncoming traffic.

    Whats that proverb about a light that shines twice as bright, but half as long?
     
  9. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:27 PM
    #9
    Plain Jane Taco

    Plain Jane Taco I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Member:
    #16179
    Messages:
    16,829
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bill
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2015 SW DCSB TRD Sport PR
    :smack:
     
    Nedrolls likes this.
  10. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:29 PM
    #10
    crashnburn80

    crashnburn80 Vehicle Design Engineer

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2015
    Member:
    #156893
    Messages:
    9,319
    Gender:
    Male
    Kirkland, WA
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB TRD OR MGM
    Go Hawks!
    Brightest non-blue halogen bulb upgrade. If you do not want to run the harness, scroll to the end and see my recommendations on brightest stock wattage non-blue bulbs. Note that the recommendations are based on actual measured data and not subjective feelings. Sylvania Silverstars are not on the list.
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-not-led-or-hid.398066/


    Generally LEDs are not a good idea in halogen reflectors (see why here) these Philips H4s are the only ones from a respectable brand I am aware of who claim to have solved the scatter issues. They do a better job compared to most LEDs, though they are actually for right hand drive vehicles, meaning your beam cutoffs go up to the left and down to the right. They should go down to the left to stay out of oncoming drivers eyes, and up to the right to illuminate street signs.

    I was curious on their claims, you can see my comparison of the Philips LEDs to the halogen upgrade here:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-vs-philips-led-headlights.460313/
     
  11. Mar 14, 2017 at 5:29 PM
    #11
    Plain Jane Taco

    Plain Jane Taco I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Member:
    #16179
    Messages:
    16,829
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bill
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2015 SW DCSB TRD Sport PR
    I'll second the SilverStars. Not a bad bulb. When my stockers are done...I'll probably go with them
     
    Rambo54 likes this.
  12. Mar 16, 2017 at 11:29 AM
    #12
    GARSHA91

    GARSHA91 Dude with kings and chevy 63s

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2013
    Member:
    #113559
    Messages:
    2,651
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Chicago
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD Off-Road DCSB
    Just a grocery getter
    I have old LED ones I'm selling
     
  13. Mar 16, 2017 at 11:46 AM
    #13
    jv_74

    jv_74 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Member:
    #204258
    Messages:
    360
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Filthadelphia
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB Silver Sky Metallic

    +1 to this. One of my favorite things I've done to my truck so far. I went with the morimoto projector fogs, instead of the phillips fog bulbs though. I would recommend spending the $150 on a pair of projector fogs instead of spending $150 on just fog bulbs.

    The phllips for the headlights are amazing though. And they don't blind people.
     
  14. Mar 16, 2017 at 11:55 AM
    #14
    jv_74

    jv_74 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Member:
    #204258
    Messages:
    360
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jesse
    Filthadelphia
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCSB Silver Sky Metallic

    I do see the reflectors on the Phillips are angled the other way, however I've never personally had anyone flash me since installing these. When I shine them up to my garage there is a very clear cutoff. I really like these bulbs for someone who doesn't want to do a retrofit. BHLM is still a technically a better way to go, but for those of you who want minimal effort, the phillips took me all of 10min to install.
     
  15. Mar 16, 2017 at 12:23 PM
    #15
    Wolftaco0503

    Wolftaco0503 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2015
    Member:
    #168040
    Messages:
    15,730
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    Chicago
    Vehicle:
    2013 Super White LONG BED TRD SPORT 4x4
    Maglite mod Bottle Opener in bed Weathertech Mats Front & Back
    Ah NO
     
  16. Mar 16, 2017 at 12:48 PM
    #16
    PackCon

    PackCon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2015
    Member:
    #159449
    Messages:
    9,623
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Connor
    Vehicle:
    2017 Subaru Forester Limited
    I get the second cheapest kind. Work great for me. Brighter does not mean better.
    My dad got the super bright Sylvanias and they melted the inside of his plastic lens hahaha.
     
  17. Mar 16, 2017 at 1:22 PM
    #17
    orezona

    orezona title unspecified

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2016
    Member:
    #201811
    Messages:
    5,133
    satan's skillet
    Vehicle:
    2006 TRD OR DCSB OMGWTFBBQ TL;DR
    WARRANTY VOIDED
    +1
    Running those at the moment and they work very well.

    Only thing I've been trying to do (and not very hard, I'll admit) is get matching bulbs for my fogs... Fogs are a different kind and not the same brightness level which OCD-wise is annoying.
     
  18. Mar 16, 2017 at 2:12 PM
    #18
    EdinCincinnati

    EdinCincinnati Old Enough To Know Better

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2013
    Member:
    #99457
    Messages:
    2,086
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ed
    Cincinnati
    Vehicle:
    2014 4x4 TRD OR
    2Lo Mod, OV Tuned ECU, Bed Cap, Prinsu and my kids college money
  19. Mar 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM
    #19
    Vixty

    Vixty Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2017
    Member:
    #211330
    Messages:
    19
    Gender:
    Male
    I have some ge nighthawk and they are pretty dang bright. They have blue tips but don't project blue.
     
    Rambo54 likes this.
  20. Mar 18, 2017 at 4:21 AM
    #20
    06Tacooo

    06Tacooo Earth Czar

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2015
    Member:
    #173140
    Messages:
    376
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Earth
    39.219437282548 -83.421077728271
    Vehicle:
    06 Off Road Access Cab Indigo Ink Pearl
    Michelin Defender LTX M/S2, ABS kill switch, Tech Deck, Mirror riser, Ride-Rites
    I didn't want to change the correctly engineered DOT certified headlight assembly, or any wiring. I replaced both lamps with Volsa H4 + 100's http://store.candlepower.com/64205.html. They're halogen, w/increased light output, correct cutoff, correct color, not melting anything, road legal, on sale. :thumbsup:

    Exact replacement for the Osram 70/65w Hyper H4 bulb, which is no longer available.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
    crashnburn80 likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top