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LED headlights

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Warcat, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Oct 24, 2020 at 9:06 PM
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    Warcat

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    I have a 2015 TRD Sport Taco... I’ve been wanting to buy LED headlights to upgrade it but it seems nobody sells them even CaliRaised only have some cool models but only up to the 11 model not 12 and above if anyone knows where to buy a full LED headlights pleas lmk
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2020 at 12:24 AM
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    Why? LEDs in 2nd Gen halogen assemblies perform worse than stock, cause irregular beam patterns and caused increased glare blinding oncoming drivers. There have been massive crack downs where you are going to see these products recalled because they don't work as advertised.

    This is the correct answer for a 2nd Gen headlight upgrade:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/

    Edit:
    Check out post #2029 for the industries most reputable brand H4 LED examples vs stock:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...ctor-headlights.589465/page-102#post-22068326
     
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  4. Oct 25, 2020 at 4:47 AM
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    I "upgraded" with a set of Sylvania Silverstar bulbs.

    More output, brighter, easily available, plug-n-play. Install was less than 10 minutes and tool-less.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2020 at 7:47 AM
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    With all due respect, I think you'll find that Siverstars are mostly marketing hype and less on real performance. Lots of better performing bulbs out there as you'll see here: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-ultimate-headlight-upgrade-h4-not-led-or-hid.398066/

    To cut (and paste) right to the chase:

    Stock wattage performance bulbs
    Stock wattage high performance bulbs do not actually put out more light, instead they use smaller high precision filaments to make the light more focused and intense for the headlight to use more efficiently and project a brighter hotspot further. You can see an short article by Philips explaining how these bulbs work here.

    These are currently the highest performing stock wattage bulbs on the market:
    Which bulb is best? Depends on your needs. The +150 bulbs are going to provide excellent low beam performance, but coat the high beam reducing performance. The Philips are rated at 200hrs. The GE +120s have a blue coating on the tip but leave both the low and high beam uncoated giving superior high beam performance with a slightly lower low beam performance over the other bulbs.
     
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