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Projector Headlights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Onion27, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Onion27

    Onion27 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering if anyone has installed projector headlights on their 2005 Tacoma. If so what brand? Style? Do they put out as much light as the stck headlights? If you have installed them can you show your pics?
     
  2. Burgman

    Burgman I KEEEEEL YOU

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    are u talking about just installing projectors or projectors with HID bulbs and ballasts?

    i have retrofitted HID projectors in my truck from theretrofitsource.com, the fxr model. the light output is much higher than stock and i cause less distraction to other drivers as there is no more hotspots and glare
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    if u check in my gallery ull see some output pics
     
  3. Onion27

    Onion27 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at something like this...

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    Do they work as well as factory?
     
  4. NYCO

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    no...most of those projectors actually put out less light..i had the first gen of those style of lights..

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    i recently swapped out the H1 bulbs for an HID conversion kit and love the new light output
     
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    According to most that have went that route, the output is worse than stock, some (lights) even say they are not rated for HIDs. I, also went the Retrofitsourse way with Morimoto Minis.
     
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    with HID conversion on my projectors

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    HID on with hella 75s

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    retro fits are the way to go...they look amazing, uses the stock housing, you can BHLM them and you get the HID output...if i had to do it again i would have gone straight to retro fit
     
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    +1

    I love my retro fit and it was easy to install.
     
  9. DeeKay21

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    I love my retros!!

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    i have some that i previously had on my truck, the light output was ok.
     
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    Do you have a write up on how you did this?
     
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    No, I actually had them made by a member on TW.
     
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    4000-6000k will give you the whitest and brightest output.
     
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    I've seen 6000k and 10000k (friends vehicles) and I could see better and farther with 10000k. It is the highest kelvin you could go and still be legal in Texas. And it's kind of like a blueish white color. IMO
     
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    Oh okay. I got 6K on mine it has a hint of blue in it. I've seen 10K in person and it was to blue for me.:cool:
     
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    it's definitely a bluer color, looks like a step before the purple colored HIDs

    "The Kelvin (K) is the unit of color temperature. 4100K is the brightest, most natural white light similar to that of daytime sunlight, and therefore the HID color temperature used most in the OEM automotive industry. When you look at the light coming directly out of an HID headlight, it possesses a bit of a blue or purple hue which most people recognize as the expensive, elegant look characteristic of HIDs. For this reason, some HID kit manufacturers produce 5400K, 6500K, 8000K, etc. bulbs that give an even more distinct blue hue but at the expense of overall light output. For comparison, most halogen headlights have a color temperature around 3200K which gives them a yellowish appearance compared to HIDs.

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    Blue light is more fatiguing to the eyes, both to oncoming traffic and to the driver. Oncoming cars will see your lights for only a brief time, but as the driver, you must deal with it for the duration of your drive. The bluer the tint cast on the road and surrounding area, the more quickly your eyes become tired. It is a personal choice and I recognize and respect that some install HIDs mostly for the look. However, very blue headlights might get you the wrong kind of attention from law enforcement. Personally, I would like to benefit from my investment in the way of increased visibility and safety. Be aware that most of the 6500K and higher bulbs are produced by inferior manufacturers to capitalize on the maketability of "the bigger number must be better". Their 8000K bulbs may not measure 8000K. Do not be fooled."
     
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    i also have 6k and when you look at them, they have a slight blue color, but the output is very white
     
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