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LED Lighting Conversion

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by chan2565, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. Apr 1, 2018 at 9:11 PM
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    RobP62

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    Yuck! I'm so sick of winter! Yea, when we rode (stopped a couple years back) nights in the country were the scariest for sure.

    I'm finally happy with the lighting on the Taco. Yea, I might make some slight adjustments but otherwise, completely satisfied. Even if you go with the GTR Gen 3s for $200 a set, if you drive in conditions like you and I, and others do, in darker areas, or for off roading then what price do you put on safety? Even without that recent sale, we're still spending half for the Hikari's! I think our lives are worth that. LOL

    I'm sure everyone agrees.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2018 at 9:39 PM
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    Posts like this make this forum great! Why? Honesty. Plain and simple honesty. We've been building up these bulbs for what, 60 pages and like a month or more?! Some people might even say we've been "partial" to them because we've got too much vested and have gone too far down the rabbit hole to see the inadequacies and be truthful. Well, so much for that argument huh!?

    Anyway.........I'm digressing.

    Brett, this really does show how the Hikari's are not the right tool for the job. Could just be the size of the housing and reflector is just too small for that much light. You know more about this than I do and I can only speculate why. Bummer? Yea, kind of. Since the Auxbeams are cheaper and perform better I'm sure everyone can appreciate that.

    As usual, great job and great review! If I didn't have the Morimotos my money would be on the Auxbeams for sure.

    Thank you very much! :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2018 at 9:50 PM
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    These are what I'm running

    HIKARI Extremely Bright 3030 Chipset LED Bulbs for Car Interior Dome Map Door Courtesy License Plate Lights Compact Wedge T10 168 194 2825 Xenon White Pack of 10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076GX32NR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_RqBWAb6TCFC2E

    iBrightstar Newest 9-30V Super Bright Low Power T15 912 W16W 921 LED Bulbs with Projector replacement for Back Up Reverse Lights, Xenon White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RFY776/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_2vBWAbQPRDRE4

    FYI, the parts discussed in whatever thread you're in are listed at the bottom of the page. You can scroll through. I don't mind posting the links though so there's no confusion :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Apr 1, 2018 at 10:17 PM
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    Ok, here's the follow up on the reverse lights.

    In a nutshell, for the $16 bucks I spent I'm completely satisfied!

    Crazy bright from behind!

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    I shot these because when I back up to the garage the OEM bulbs were weak and the LED garage floods (2 ea, from Costco) would cause a lot of glare in the rearview camera and it was almost impossible to see clearly until I was nearly under them.

    20180401_230836.jpg

    And again, closer.

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    No more washed out image!

    Then I took a couple of pics on the pitch black lane

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    Then this one is the same location but I moved farther towards the front of the truck so you can see the peripheral spread better.

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    Here's another one up near the house

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    And the other side too

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    I mean these are crazy bright and the light is so clean!

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    Hard to tell it's night except for when you look past the house edges!

    LOL $16 bucks! Crazy! These are so nice I'm putting them in my Lexus reverse lights too.

    Once again, thanks to all you guys on this thread for all the help and direction! When we meet, and eventually we will, the first round is on me!
    :cheers:
     
  5. Apr 1, 2018 at 10:59 PM
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    @RobP62 same ones I have, they do a great job lighting the way and letting others know if your backing out in the dark where your bed is the first out of a driveway or think alley way...

    @Parker315 glad I have the auxbeams in my fogs! I used to drive with fogs always on for visibility and aesthetics but they are so bright I don’t want to be a pest in the road so I’ll only turn them on when needed. They fill in where the low beams don’t, even upwards...it’s like the light bar I’ve never had or will never need now hahah!


    @crashnburn80

    Any updates? Rob and Brett reinvigorated my interest in your science results...in all seriousness, very eager to hear!
     
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  6. Apr 2, 2018 at 3:30 AM
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    Need opinions on fog lights. Would you just replace the bulbs with LED’s or put in a pod from caliraised? Sorry if this has already been answered.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2018 at 4:19 AM
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  8. Apr 2, 2018 at 6:36 AM
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    Note it isn’t because they are bright, it is that they no longer have the horizontal cut off of a fog beam because you changed the optics, which will reduce visibility in fog.

    Not yet, I have them and they are the next project. The current LED fog pod project keeps growing. I have new pods and the Pro LED fogs now as well to compare. I got pulled into repainting the entire interior of the house, and redoing all the electrical outlets and switches so time has been a bit challenging.

    Replacing the fogs with drop in LEDs will cause glare and scatter as noted above, meaning they shouldn’t be run with oncoming drivers and will not be effective in fog. CaliRaised pods are a spot beam, with no cut off, so they will not illuminate the area around your truck like a fog beam they will only illuminate an isolated area, and should not be run with oncoming drivers.

    If you are looking for the cheapest pod, with a fog beam, that would be these which are much brighter than Morimotos:
    https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor.../led-fog-light-3-square-13w-1700-lumens/3542/
     
  9. Apr 2, 2018 at 6:45 AM
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    Okay, took your advise and swapped out the LED's referenced in the OG post to what you recommended. I will say they don't wash out the Camera as much as the previous ones. Thanks for the heads up. I will keep an eye on clarity and view as the time passes.
     
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  10. Apr 2, 2018 at 6:48 AM
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    For the license plate / tag lights.

    upload_2018-4-2_8-48-11.jpg


    For the reverse lights.

    upload_2018-4-2_8-48-47.jpg
     
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  11. Apr 2, 2018 at 9:23 AM
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    Yes these are a great option for high beams. I currently have these in the high beams and they are awesome!

    I’m also gonna test these out in my fog lights and see how they do.
     
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  12. Apr 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    @Parker315, believe it or not, I'm not surprised to hear that the Auxbeams were better in the fogs. The Hikari's w/ Philips LEDs seemed to have a more focused beam pattern from some of the pictures you guys have posted (compared to some of the other LED bulbs you guys tested). That's great for light projection standpoint, but not so much for fogs where I would like a wider beam pattern instead. So from my perspective, it seems like the Auxbeams do that nicely.

    Did you have a chance to check and see if there is significant glare from your Auxbeams in the fogs (for on-coming drivers)?

    I also think it'd be neat to test out the older CREE style Hikari's in the fogs! ;)


    @RobP62 Thanks for your reviews with great pictures! It's always nice to find some good alternatives that don't break the bank...looks like you found just that! The ones you reviewed look like they are brighter than the ones I'm currently using.

    With the LEDs I already have installed aren't as bright as I had hoped and so my license plate LEDs are washing out the reverse camera picture. It doesn't wash it out as bad as was when I had OEM backup lights with the LED bulbs in the license plate spot, but it still washes it out enough for me to feel like I need a brighter reverse LED bulb.

    I found the bulb design interesting on these LEDs, because they also angled LEDs toward the back of the bulb which should help distribute the light into the reflector dish. Best of all, they're still pretty inexpensive! Has anyone else tried these?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077PQWQR2/ref=psdc_15736451_t3_B076DR4GHH

    EDIT: I just realized that the LEDs I linked to above are not 921 bulbs. Once I actually plan on purchasing stuff again (can't order any more for a while), I'll have to see if I can find a LED pattern similar to this in the 921 bulb style. :)
     
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  13. Apr 2, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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    Have you ever thought about getting one of the switchback style LED bulbs for the fogs?

    I was interested in getting a switchback style H11 LED bulb for the fogs so that I could change from yellow to white on the fly...but I was afraid that my wife would flip her lid if she accidently toggled it one day. Lord knows how big of a crisis that would become! LOL

    We'd love to see your pictures and impressions of any LED that you end up putting in it. :)
     
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    I am going to try out the “old” Hikari Cree leds in the fog light and see how well they perform compared to the AuxBeam.

    With all of this in mind and seeing how I only have 1 set of projectors....

    I’m selling the Hikari Phillips LED to anyone who wants to use them in there low beam projector housings. I will sell them for $60 which is $30 less than Amazon currently and $10 less than I paid on the flash sell. So $60 +shipping cost.
     
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    Sold

    FOR SALE - Hikari Phillips H11


    Read back to posts #2238 page 112 for the reason why. These are best used in the low beam projector housing of the 3rd gen Tacoma’s

    $60 +Shipping

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    So I just installed my Hikari leds before work. I am assuming they work best with the led chip on the left and right opposed to top and bottom. Well my right beam seems to be alright but my left one doesn’t seem very bright. I don’t know if it’s faulty or I need to adjust the beam. I guess I haven’t driven with them when it is dark enough yet, but mine did not appear as bright as others have posted pictures of. :annoyed:
     
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    Are you talking about the low beams? I know for me, and I really think it's the design of the projector housing, but the left seemed lower which you could be confusing for less bright. It's like that on purpose so the beam of light isn't right in the faces of people in oncoming cars. Make sure your on a very flat surface like parking lot and pull all the way up to the wall. I was told to go to Walmart and that's an excellent suggestion. Then slowly pull back. It might make it easier to tell if it is dimmer or just lower. If you want, you can also download a lux meter app and measure them. If you find one is defective, they will honor the warranty.

    There is no adjustment, these only go in the hole in the housing one way. Unless you remove the collar and drill new holes like @mrproduxn did. If you look at the three tabs on the collar, one is larger than the other two, and those are angled on one side so it's a one way only insert.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2018 at 9:38 PM
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    An smart phone app based lux meter is unable to measure LED light, unless spending many hundreds of dollars for the standalone measuring device to pair with the app. As I have mentioned before, measuring LEDs light takes specialized equipment, which is not the same an incandescent light meter (very cheap) so the reading for LEDs will be wildly wrong and completely worthless.
     
  19. Apr 4, 2018 at 8:59 AM
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    Installed these Hikari Philips Lumileds https://amzn.to/2q8wWcy yesterday in my low beams. 10 minutes of time. Easy.

    All I can say is...

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    Another very happy customer! Great!
     
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