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What solutions do you have for a 2008 FJ Cruiser to update headlights to meet the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety standards?

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I am not thrilled with the headlights on my FJC. The high beams seem to light up the trees more than the road. Although I think mine need to be adjusted down some anyway, maybe that will help.
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I replaced mine with PIAA extremes and really like them.
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I replaced mine with PIAA extremes and really like them.
I tested those with a light meter and they won, hands down. That was a few years ago before LED's and such.

I'm considering running some more tests since I still have the light meter to see where LED technology is taking us, and then updating the thread.
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I think the stock FJ lights are fine. The key is adjusting them properly especially if you have a lift installed. I do have auxiliary driving lights in the bumper but I would have done that to any vehicle for a better spread pattern. Unfortunately this report just released will probably drive people to perform poor upgrades to their lighting instead of doing it the right way.

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'Headlight standards remain unchanged since the 1960's', they said. Well yea, but not really, since the requirement in late 90's to go plastic for the lense on all cars built since, headlights that don't get maintained get cloudy and well, this might be a whole separate issue. I hate plastic headlights, glass is so much better but the requirement was about safety, less glass flying about in a crash. No foresight that foggy plastic might be the cause of a crash when your headlights cloud up from being plastic. Sorry just my 2 cents on the matter.
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I have had HID modded headlights then switched to LED headlamps-2 different generations and I am back to the stock lamps.

Having a set of dim OEM headlights augmented with bright auxiliary LEDs provides a range of illumination to choose from. Keeping a low light capability can be very useful on and off road.

I'm exploring getting even dimmer headlamps to increase the difference.

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'Headlight standards remain unchanged since the 1960's', they said. Well yea, but not really, since the requirement in late 90's to go plastic for the lense on all cars built since, headlights that don't get maintained get cloudy and well, this might be a whole separate issue. I hate plastic headlights, glass is so much better but the requirement was about safety, less glass flying about in a crash. No foresight that foggy plastic might be the cause of a crash when your headlights cloud up from being plastic. Sorry just my 2 cents on the matter.
Headlights used to all be one of a few standardized shapes (I'm old enough to remember how exciting it was when rectangular headlights became legal), but manufacturers wanted to be able to use more aerodynamic and stylistic shapes. Glass doesn't work well for that.
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