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LED headlight replacement bulbs

Been searching for days here and can’t find answer. Pretty much the retrofit threads come up but I don’t have interest in doing that. Really just want a plug and play That will be brighter/whiter. I have a 2019 Subaru with LED projectors and love the white light and their visibility. Night and day over my 4Runner.

Can anyone recommend some LED’s that will be a PnP and last? I’d like to replace both dims and brights, possibly fogs. I have a 2008 SR5 with projectors, they’re decent for stock but just so darned yellow.

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Retrofit or try H9 halogens.

Diode Dynamics H11 SL1s might work if youíre dead set on LEDs.
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Retrofit or try H9 halogens.

Diode Dynamics H11 SL1s might work if youíre dead set on LEDs.
Would the H9 halogens be a better choice then LEDís? Brighter, whiter? I thought LEDís were A better choice And the future nowadays, like the light bars are all LEDís.

Maybe Iím mistaken?
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I put the Fahren LEDs on my 4th gen and couldn't be happier. Seems like they reach further and wider, and everything is brighter without blinding oncoming traffic. On Amazon they're about $30, plug and play.

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I bought Xenon Depot LED low beam and fog lights from Headlight Revolution for my 2007. The fogs were the CMB plug and play and the low beams are the xtreme LED with the fan-like heatsink and wiring harness. I'm a little wary of simple plug n play LED bulbs for the low and high beams because of heat dissipation and light output which is why I went with the Xenon Depot xtreme LEDs. For the fogs and interior lights, sure, I'm not worried about throwing an LED bulb in there since I don't use them often and don't rely on them when driving.
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Been searching for days here and can’t find answer. Pretty much the retrofit threads come up but I don’t have interest in doing that. Really just want a plug and play That will be brighter/whiter. I have a 2019 Subaru with LED projectors and love the white light and their visibility. Night and day over my 4Runner.

Can anyone recommend some LED’s that will be a PnP and last? I’d like to replace both dims and brights, possibly fogs. I have a 2008 SR5 with projectors, they’re decent for stock but just so darned yellow.
I got a plug and play set from Headlight Revolution LED Off Road Light Bars, Aftermarket Headlights, LED and HID Conversion Kits and Bulbs... they no longer offer the kind I got but they have another similar set.

I have a little bit of an issue with the pattern it puts out but overall I am pretty happy with them. They are WAY brighter than stock.
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I ran morimoto 2.0 2 strokes led for a while before I switched over to a projector retrofit. It's decent with our halogen projectors for what it is. My only negative I would say about em is that you could hear the fan humming at a stop light if you had your radio off.

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I recommend the GTR Ultra 2...a little on the expensive side, but on my wife's '16 CRV with projects...they are fantastic...nice white light with original cutoff and in her car, barely hear any fan noise...hear nothing with engine running. Had them since Christmas time, so far, they've been great.
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Been searching for days here and canít find answer. Pretty much the retrofit threads come up but I donít have interest in doing that. Really just want a plug and play That will be brighter/whiter. I have a 2019 Subaru with LED projectors and love the white light and their visibility. Night and day over my 4Runner.

Can anyone recommend some LEDís that will be a PnP and last? Iíd like to replace both dims and brights, possibly fogs. I have a 2008 SR5 with projectors, theyíre decent for stock but just so darned yellow.
I have been running these for over a year on low, high, fogs. Fantastic. Plug & play, perfect fit. Cant be price or light. Threw away all the HID crap.

Low:
Amazon.com: Auxbeam LED Headlights F-S2 Series H11 LED Headlight Bulb with 2 Pcs of H11 LED Conversion Kits 72W 8000LM Bridgelux COB Chips Fog Light - 1 Year Warranty: Automotive

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Amazon.com: Auxbeam 9005 LED Headlights F-S2 Series with 2Pcs 9005 HB3 H10 9145 LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kits 72W 8000LM Super Bright COB Led Chips Fog Light Single Beam: Automotive

Fogs
Amazon.com: Auxbeam 9006 Led Headlight Bulbs 7600lm P10 Series Super Bright Led Headlight Conversion Kits Upgraded Mini Size Led Fog Light Halogen Replacement 6000K Xenon White: Automotive

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Would the H9 halogens be a better choice then LED’s? Brighter, whiter? I thought LED’s were A better choice And the future nowadays, like the light bars are all LED’s.

Maybe I’m mistaken?
Problem is, the factory Koito H11 projectors aren't built for anything but halogen projectors. People shove all sorts of stuff in their headlights but the unintended consequence is all the excessive glare that comes with alternate light sources.

DD SL1s are a decent compromise since they are very thin and mimic halogens as best as we can manage at the moment. Not all plug-and-play LEDs are created with this in mind.
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I'm using the same lowbeams. I had one fail. I reached out to the customer service. I sent them a video of the flickering I was experiencing and the troubleshooting I did to verify that it was their bulb with the issue along with my amazon order number. (I swapped the driver and passenger bulbs and the problem bulb behaved the same in either location while the good one worked in either location.)

I doubt I would have needed all that to get a warranty replacement, but it sure did make the whole experience super easy. The only odd request was for me to cut the wires off the bad headlight and send a photo of that. I guess it's so they can verify that you aren't trying to scam them out of multiple sets of headlights.

The lights are so good that I ordered a set for my wife's '14 outback that didn't come with LEDs from factory.
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Problem is, the Stanley H11 projectors aren't built for anything but halogen projectors. People shove all sorts of stuff in their headlights but the unintended consequence is all the excessive glare that comes with alternate light sources.

DD SL1s are a decent compromise since they are very thin and mimic halogens as best as we can manage at the moment. Not all plug-and-play LEDs are created with this in mind.
Sheesh..... I didn’t think replacing a bulb could be so complicated and finicky lol. Didn’t realise there were so many options, but after watching the video on headlight revolution I realised there are a couple lol.

I bought the Arcani headlights to replace my yellowed OEM and am running those now, I assume they’re the same kind of projectors? Amazon.com: ACANII - For 2006-2009 Toyota 4Runner 4 Runner Projector Headlights lamp Driver + Passenger Side 06-09: Automotive

So after so many years later, are the HID’s really that superior still? I’ll have to re-evaluate things then. Is it pretty normal for replacement headlight bulbs to last a year or much less? Seems like the LED’s are hit or miss for durability from what I’m reading now. Just tonight I saw 2 different vehicles that were LED headlights and were flickering on and off. Plus I think the fan humming would annoy me, my Subie doesn’t do that or have fans that hum.

Any other bulbs then that will last and be a brighter/whiter light? I read bad things about the Silverstars and that they don’t last.

I appreciate everybody’s response and experiences with theirs.
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I run this brand as well after a long thread on this subject. They are fantastic, and improved night visibility 100% from the halogen bulbs. I would use these again in a heartbeat! I even replaced the turn signal/DRL bulbs with LEDs that were recommended in a discussion by Formidable, and those were just as big of an improvement because they are very bright and crisp yellow, so much better for safety as well as aesthetically. The regular yellow colored bulbs used to fade after a relatively short time as the painted yellow color would fade from heat. These are as bright after a year as when I installed them. Honestly with so many improvements in LED bulb technology, I wouldnít waste the time or money on a retrofit anymore when you can get almost as good for WAY less money, and spending the time it takes to screw in new bulbs. Now I just have to find a set of replacement Ď06 projectors that doesnít condensate like my current Amazon set!
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I run this brand as well after a long thread on this subject. They are fantastic, and improved night visibility 100% from the halogen bulbs. I would use these again in a heartbeat! I even replaced the turn signal/DRL bulbs with LEDs that were recommended in a discussion by Formidable, and those were just as big of an improvement because they are very bright and crisp yellow, so much better for safety as well as aesthetically. The regular yellow colored bulbs used to fade after a relatively short time as the painted yellow color would fade from heat. These are as bright after a year as when I installed them. Honestly with so many improvements in LED bulb technology, I wouldnít waste the time or money on a retrofit anymore when you can get almost as good for WAY less money, and spending the time it takes to screw in new bulbs. Now I just have to find a set of replacement Ď06 projectors that doesnít condensate like my current Amazon set!
I've got an OEM set that just need to be re-repolished. I tried to refinish the "glass" and found out I didn't have the finesse to do it well. They never leaked and they are in good condition. The glass is just in an embarrassing state from how poor my attempt to fix them was.

I got some Anzo brand replacements that have held up ok. The clear on those is peeling already though.
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Lightbulbs and PnP

For lightbulbs I've been shopping here.
Lighting products for the Toyota 4Runner 2003 - 2009

For Headlight housings for 2003-2005 I browse here. They also sell H11 LED's but I have not tried them out.
HID Projector Headlights - Color Shift Headlights - Retrofit Kit

I bought the burtman industries blacked out reflector headlights (2005) but I'm still deployed and I have not installed them yet. Will let you know how they turn out.
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