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LED BULBS???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacoman00, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Jul 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM
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    tacoman00

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    So ive been doing some research, because i have some EBAY CCFL halo ring projectors, (Yes i know blah blah they suck blah) anyways, when i bought them about a year ago, i was not at all satisfied with low beam light output, (high beam output was great) so i swapped all the bulbs for the silverstar by sylvania. These were plenty bright, but i burn through them faster than i change my underwear.. so im looking for an alternative.. has anyone ever tried LED bulbs in their headlights? i know they make them, but if so.. how bright are they? and whats their lifetime? thanks
     
  2. Jul 23, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    Led's are going to be no where equivalent to halogen output.
     
  3. Jul 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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    dang that really sucks. i really wanna do HID but i have the halo projectors and the hi lo beams have 2 different housings, plus the fogs that would mean i would have to buy 3 sets of HID kits.. any way i can get around that? like buy 4 bulbs that can run off of 2 ballasts for my 2 different housings?
     
  4. Jul 23, 2012 at 9:22 AM
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    1 ballast per bulb.. Sucks but that's how it works.
     
  5. Jul 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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    geez... DDM is okay for HIDs? i know everyone goes to slimcubby but i can get 1 set for 45 bucks from ddm..
     
  6. Jul 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM
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    I have DDM fog Hid's and they work just fine.
     
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    Use hids for your low beams. High beams use halogen. When you need high beams you want them instant on not waiting for them to warm up.
     
  8. Jul 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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    Thats a great idea!
     
  9. Jul 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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    Better yet, get a real projector, retrofit it to your original headlights, and use one set of bulbs and ballasts for highs and lows. The light output from your halo lights is gonna be horrible. Seen lots of beam pics of HID converted ebay chicom halo headlights.
     
  10. Jul 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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    LEDs: great for looks. actual light output will suck when used in your headlights

    Silverstar or any xenonbulb:.brighter, but light output is sacrificed. They also tend to require a higher wattage.

    HIDs: do it right,get the proper HID projector and retrofit.
     
  11. Jul 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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    id love to do a retrofit on my stock headlights but it looks very hard and im not into drilling holes into my headlights and stuff.
     
  12. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    Why not just use halogens? Mine work great.
     
  13. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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    get minis like i have, no drilling :D
     
  14. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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    Really ? No drilling into stock housing? got a thread link? how does it fit then? how hard is it to do with not much experience... sorry for all the questions
     
  15. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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    I CHANGED MINE TO THE NIGHTHAWK PLATINUM . Same thing , brights are great but I can only see about 20 yrds . in front of me with the low beams on . I'm going to change back to the originals and take the loss . GE advertize that the nighthawk platinums give you 90% more light ..... Pure BULL CRAP .........
     
  16. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    Exactly what I did. I rarely use my highbeams, and I drove at all hours of the night.
     
  17. Jul 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    after i bought the projectors, i got the relay,(15 bucks) and just re used the ballast i had and got new bulbs

    lemme find the link for the write up
     
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