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Old 12-15-2019, 10:29 AM #1
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Led low beam with halogen high?

I need to up grade at least my low beam headlights 2015 4Runner, I just can’t see at night.
For now can I just add led low’s and keep the stock high beams?

I’ll finish the conversion later.
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Doing just the low beams is perfectly okay. I have the Morimoto 2Stroke LEDs for low beams and Iím not impressed. The general consensus is that HIDs are much better than LEDs just donít go too blue (5k or 4.3/4.5k should work best for output).
Although, I did but some generic LEDs i got for free in my high beams and they are ridiculous. They put out almost as much light as my 30Ē LED light bar.
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Get both. I've DDM LEDs for high (9005) and those are superbright and worth every penny in my opinion. You can find cheaper stuff on E-bay but you know what they say about what you pay...

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I run LED low beam and driving lights. No need for high beams.
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Doing just the low beams is perfectly okay. I have the Morimoto 2Stroke LEDs for low beams and I’m not impressed. The general consensus is that HIDs are much better than LEDs just don’t go too blue (5k or 4.3/4.5k should work best for output).
Although, I did but some generic LEDs i got for free in my high beams and they are ridiculous. They put out almost as much light as my 30” LED light bar.
I’ll check Monday If HID are legal in Hawaii or if I’ll need to do a recon inspection.
PIA here in Hawaii
Here is what I found for Hawaii::

“Is a reconstructed vehicle permit required if only aftermarket headlight or taillight assemblies are installed on my vehicle?
If the only modification to the vehicle is replacement headlights or taillights, a reconstructed vehicle inspection or permit is not necessary.
Aftermarket lighting equipment installed on vehicles must be U.S. DOT approved and of correct colors; white for headlights and red for taillights.
Vehicles 1968 and newer require U.S. DOT approved side marker lights/ reflectors on the sides and must be of correct colors; amber on the front and red on the rear.
Aftermarket High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights are prohibited unless U.S. DOT approved for the vehicle installed upon.”

Are any of the HID dot approved?
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Are any of the HID dot approved?
Since they are already projector headlights, I would say Itís just a bulb replacement. The only modification you need to do is drill a hole in the dust covers to pass the ballast wires through.
You could always just put the old bulbs in for inspections right?
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Iíll check Monday If HID are legal in Hawaii or if Iíll need to do a recon inspection.
PIA here in Hawaii
Here is what I found for Hawaii::

ďIs a reconstructed vehicle permit required if only aftermarket headlight or taillight assemblies are installed on my vehicle?
If the only modification to the vehicle is replacement headlights or taillights, a reconstructed vehicle inspection or permit is not necessary.
Aftermarket lighting equipment installed on vehicles must be U.S. DOT approved and of correct colors; white for headlights and red for taillights.
Vehicles 1968 and newer require U.S. DOT approved side marker lights/ reflectors on the sides and must be of correct colors; amber on the front and red on the rear.
Aftermarket High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights are prohibited unless U.S. DOT approved for the vehicle installed upon.Ē

Are any of the HID dot approved?
No. There are no aftermarket lighting options that meet the FMVSS.

While DOT does not "approve" anything, a manufacturer of aftermarket gear must certify that their product meets ALL of the requirements of the FMVSS.

A note about the usual comment that "it is a projector housing so it is OK". That doesn't hold water either legally or in practice. Each bulb design (halogen, HID and LED) is different and requires its own housing design.
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Doing just the low beams is perfectly okay. I have the Morimoto 2Stroke LEDs for low beams and Iím not impressed. The general consensus is that HIDs are much better than LEDs just donít go too blue (5k or 4.3/4.5k should work best for output).
Although, I did but some generic LEDs i got for free in my high beams and they are ridiculous. They put out almost as much light as my 30Ē LED light bar.
I too had the 2stroke 2.0s but I was content with them except for rain. In rain the 2.0 are about the same as stock halogen. The stock halogens were terrible and I tried a few halogen upgrades like brighter H11 and H9 mod but not happy with the "look" of halogen. I have since upgraded to the latest and greatest GTR Lighting Ultra 2 and they are definitely brighter than the 2stroke 2.0 but have not tried in rain yet.
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