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Headlight of the month! What are you using?

What is everyone using for their headlight bulbs right now? I'm looking to replace my stock bulbs and want to see what is popular right now! Halogen, LED, HID.... what's your flavor?


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I am running the PIAA Xtreme Whites, and I have been happy with them, especially over the OEM bulbs. I have researched all the alternatives, and here are my thoughts:

LED bulbs scatter light and create glare. You have to point the headlights down a ways, but you can't get rid of it all. Also, LED bulbs do not create enough heat to melt snow off the lenses, creating a dangerous situation.

HID bulbs in the stock buckets makes the glare even worse at the high output that those kits provide.

Therefore, the only two options for me is using halogen bulbs at lower than 4200K, or doing a full HID projector retrofit with Morimoto gear. I don't know if that would have the same problem in the snow however, as the heat would be contained inside the projector housing. However, it is the only way to achieve perfect cutoff of the beam.

To avoid all that, I mounted Diode Dynamics SS6 light bars in the lower grille, and that acts as a supplement to my halogens, and as kick ass DRL. Only problem is the crisp 6000K SS6 bars clash with the white / yellowish light of the halogens. Oh well!
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Philips X-treme Vision

-A little brighter than stock
-A little whiter in color than stock
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I kind of thought I'd be sticking with halogens.


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Piaa Xtremes - 1.5 years, with dlr's. Very happy with the performance/cost they provide. When the other technologies get better, reliable and plug/play I'll revisit. The PIAA's were set it and forget it.

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I am running the PIAA Xtreme Whites, and I have been happy with them, especially over the OEM bulbs. I have researched all the alternatives, and here are my thoughts:

LED bulbs scatter light and create glare. You have to point the headlights down a ways, but you can't get rid of it all. Also, LED bulbs do not create enough heat to melt snow off the lenses, creating a dangerous situation.

HID bulbs in the stock buckets makes the glare even worse at the high output that those kits provide.

Therefore, the only two options for me is using halogen bulbs at lower than 4200K, or doing a full HID projector retrofit with Morimoto gear. I don't know if that would have the same problem in the snow however, as the heat would be contained inside the projector housing. However, it is the only way to achieve perfect cutoff of the beam.

To avoid all that, I mounted Diode Dynamics SS6 light bars in the lower grille, and that acts as a supplement to my halogens, and as kick ass DRL. Only problem is the crisp 6000K SS6 bars clash with the white / yellowish light of the halogens. Oh well!
I know the Diode Dynamics SS6 is supposed to be ok for on-road use (based on their website), but from their pictures it also has glare comparable to LED or HID in a stock housing. Can you post some night shots showing the look on a street, against a wall, and head on? I would like to use their amber bar to replace the generic ones I have on.

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Are these the right PIAAs? PIAA 15224 H4 (9003 / HB2) Xtreme White Plus High Performance Halogen Bulb, (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00067BVDC..._Hdo8yb9V41NHE

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GE Nighthawk. They are bright, nice cutoff and just a slight blue tint. They have lasted longer than the Hella or that other one by Sylvannia
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Headlight of the month! What are you using?

I settled on doing an HID bixenon projector install after trying LED bulbs. I was happy with how bright the LED bulbs were, but it takes a lot of messing around to get them aimed right..if the bulbs were aimed a little too high, then you blind other drivers, and your high beam will wash out and only light tree tops and the sky. If you fiddle enough, you can get them aimed right and they work great..but they fail randomly. Still better than the halogens for brightness.
I bit the bullet and did the bixenon retrofit after my LEDs gave up the ghost, and this was one of the best( simple )mod I've done to my FJ. My cutoff line is a few inches lower than the side windows on a Hyundai Elantra, so blinding people is a thing of the past, yet they cast the light further ahead than properly aimed halogens and LED bulbs.

This is what I recommend if upgrading headlights. My kit cost me about $130CDN, shipped. It included everything to finish the job( bixenon projectors, 2 angel eyes halos, 2 devil eyes halos for the lenses, bulbs, ballasts, and wiring harness. That's half the price of 2 Lifetime LED bulbs.


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I settled on doing an HID bixenon projector install after trying LED bulbs. I was happy with how bright the LED bulbs were, but it takes a lot of messing around to get them aimed right..if the bulbs were aimed a little too high, then you blind other drivers, and your high beam will wash out and only light tree tops and the sky. If you fiddle enough, you can get them aimed right and they work great..but they fail randomly. Still better than the halogens for brightness.
I bit the bullet and did the bixenon retrofit after my LEDs gave up the ghost, and this was one of the best( simple )mod I've done to my FJ. My cutoff line is a few inches lower than the side windows on a Hyundai Elantra, so blinding people is a thing of the past, yet they cast the light further ahead than properly aimed halogens and LED bulbs.

This is what I recommend if upgrading headlights. My kit cost me about $130CDN, shipped. It included everything to finish the job( bixenon projectors, 2 angel eyes halos, 2 devil eyes halos for the lenses, bulbs, ballasts, and wiring harness. That's half the price of 2 Lifetime LED bulbs.


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