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LED headlight bulb

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Quad, May 29, 2021.

  1. May 29, 2021 at 9:15 PM
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    Quad

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    Hi. I just purchased a 2021 cement SR5. Is it possible to put led bulbs into the traditional factory headlights? I was not sure if you could replace the bulbs or if you had to get a completely near headlight out in.
     
  2. May 29, 2021 at 9:29 PM
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    b_r_o

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    Perfect reply ^^^^

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  4. May 29, 2021 at 9:59 PM
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    crashnburn80

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    Close. This is the 3rd Gen headlight thread. OP, see posts #2 & #3 for product recommendations based on measured performance:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/3rd-gen-hid-vs-led-vs-halogen-h11-projector-headlights.589465/
     
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  5. May 30, 2021 at 5:51 AM
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    There's a lot of good information in the links provided above. There is concern that the halogen light housings are not well suited to LEDs because they do not allow for proper projection/reflection. I did it anyway and love the results. I used these Hikari bulbs from Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08S37X311/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_7GYWXFDB9WTCKMV980PN
     
  6. May 30, 2021 at 7:13 AM
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    Its possible but they will perform like shit because the factory projectors are designed for halogen bulbs. If you want more light on the cheap get H9 bulbs or GE130 H11. If youre looking for max light output and cooler color temps go with HIDs.
     
  7. May 30, 2021 at 11:41 AM
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    tried the GE Mega 130 and my Diedo Dynamics out perform them and the stock halogen. A quality LED light like the ones I use are awesome. I see better, further and wider on these back roads. Never been flashed!
     
  8. May 30, 2021 at 2:12 PM
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    Don't do it - just replace the fixtures with ones designed for LED. Either OEM or Morimoto XB, but that's about it.

    - SIGNED, someone who used to do this in my 2017 and had really bad glare/night visibility problems.
     
  9. May 30, 2021 at 2:44 PM
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    Get a quality led like DD and they will serve you well. I wasted my money on one of the best halogen bulbs like the GE s and they sucked compared to my LEDs
     
  10. Aug 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM
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    I know this is an old(er) post, but can't find much here about these bulbs. How do you like them? Wondering if @crashnburn80 can compare the specs and visual attributes of these vs. the Ultra's to advise/speculate on their performance?

    Edit: @crashnburn80, nevermind. Just found this: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...ctor-headlights.589465/page-223#post-25218968

    Looks like the Ultra comes out on top.
     
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  11. Aug 21, 2021 at 5:06 AM
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    Bishop4WD

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    Still working great about 4 months in, no issues with these Hikari bulbs. I'm sure if you did a head to head with some other bulb you could find the light pattern is slightly this or that or the brightness is this or that but I just don't care. I turn them on, everything seems lit up nicely down the road with a nice white light. I hesitated for a long time I guess due to paralysis-by-analysis. I finally just bought them and they're great.
     
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