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Idiot's FAQs about upgrading stock headlights

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by OilTruck, Feb 21, 2019.

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What are you running in your low beams?

  1. OEM Stock Halogen

    36.8%
  2. Performance Halogen

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  3. Alternative Halogen (e.g., H9 instead of H11)

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  4. HID

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  5. LED

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  6. OEM HID

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    0.0%
  7. "Proper" HID

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  1. Feb 21, 2019 at 8:26 AM
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    OilTruck

    OilTruck [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2016 SR Utility Package and after hours on TW don't understand / can't figure out if I have projector headlights or reflectors. I would like brighter headlights that travel further than the stock setup.

    Without having to replace the housing(?) or installing relays is there an easy plug-and-play option to increase my headlight output by simply changing the bulb?

    I don't care what type (halogen, hid, led) but I don't want it to burn out next week and I don't want to have to modify anything to get the bulb in.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 21, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    Riotfunk

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    Either way you can run the same bulbs, just will get a proper cutoff and with the projector with hid/led. I'd say you have the reflector housing, just do something like this.
    OSRAM NIGHT BREAKER LASER H11, next generation, 150% more brightness, halogen headlamp, 64211NL-HCB, 12V, passenger car, duo box (2 lamps) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FXRDJW2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ioTBCbGKDR8YW

    Literally takes 2 min to swap bulbs
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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  4. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:19 AM
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    Seems like the OSRAM is a good alternative for OE swap. Seems like HID might get better lifespan for the price though?
     
  5. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:22 AM
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    King Kermit V

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    I switched to GE 130+ H11 Megalight (or ultra light I forgot). The output is by far waaayyyy better and not yellowish. Went on a dark road here and I think I blinded a squirrel crossing the road.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM
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    How long have those GE's lasted? I'm just reluctant to drop cash on halogens that have a short life expectancy.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:27 AM
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    Auxbeam LEDs. They are plug and play and have Major output. Both fogs and headlights are 6000 lumens. For a 2nd Gen Tacoma the headlights are H4s and fogs are H1120190219_160545.jpg 20190219_160419.jpg

    20190219_154050.jpg
     
  8. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM
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    hows the cutoffs with the H4 headlights, set up looks good
     
  9. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM
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    Do you notice focus issues with the beam at distance? It seems like the consensus is that LEDs don't focus as well because they lack omni-directional output.
     
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  10. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:31 AM
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    So far the full 3 weeks I’ve had them lol. They last about a year maybe more depending how often you use them I guess.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    The lights focus perfectly. I can literally light up signs from 3 blocks away. They light everything up. Especially with the fogs on.
     
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  12. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    don't the 3rd gen trucks have projector style lense low beams and the highs are standard reflector housings? in the low beam projectors I would think they would focus better than standard houisings
     
  13. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    I guess if you're putting out 3k lumens per bulb instead of 1.3k, it doesn't really matter if it's slightly out of focus...
     
  14. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    are those H4s have the adjustable beams where you can unlock a allen screw and twist the bulb till u get the cutoff u want? can use still use the Rubber boots even with the Heat sink?
     
  15. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:35 AM
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    That's also another thing I forgot about. I dont have projector lens. So I guess I wouldn't know what they would look like in those.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    As far as I know they dont have any adjustment key.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:39 AM
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    Any suggestions?
     
  18. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Look for h9 swap
     
  19. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    Xenon Depot Xtreme HID H11 for the low beams. I have had mine for well over a year with zero complaints. I hardly ever use high beams, but stick with a halogen in the high beam reflectors if you feel the need to change them.
     
  20. Feb 21, 2019 at 9:42 AM
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    OP didn't want to have to alter the bulb or connector according to his original post, which would be necessary to use H9s in the low beams.
     
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