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Old 11-09-2015, 08:44 PM   #21
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You can all so buff out the plastic lens, most parts houses have kits to get rid of the faded plastic
Thanks, my lens is still crystal clear but the bulbs are just not very bright.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:03 PM   #22
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I really like the lights in my 4runner at night. In the rain they just are not as good. Light needs to be reflected back to see. When it rains light doesn't reflect as well. The light more or less ricochets off in to the distances. So I ask, do you like the lights on a normal night? If so don't waste money, if not an upgrade may help.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:15 PM   #23
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I really like the lights in my 4runner at night. In the rain they just are not as good. Light needs to be reflected back to see. When it rains light doesn't reflect as well. The light more or less ricochets off in to the distances. So I ask, do you like the lights on a normal night? If so don't waste money, if not an upgrade may help.
No the lights are not bright enough regardless of weather conditions. In town where there are other cars and street lights I can put up with the dim lights. I very seldom drive on very dark 2 lane country roads but this last trip has convinced me to upgrade the lights.

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Old 11-09-2015, 10:43 PM   #24
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We have a '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and after a near collision with a deer, we upgraded our lights to HID's low, high and fog lights. Got a whole set for a $100. Easy install ( plug and play ) it took 30 seconds to get to full brightness. I dealt with it until one of the ballasts caught on fire. I did like the brightness that it gave me, so I broke down and spent $600 for HID's from Phillips made in Germany with compact digital ballasts. It's been over 2 yrs and still going strong.


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Old 11-09-2015, 10:48 PM   #25
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We have a '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and after a near collision with a deer, we upgraded our lights to HID's low, high and fog lights. Got a whole set for a $100. Easy install ( plug and play ) it took 30 seconds to get to full brightness. I dealt with it until one of the ballasts caught on fire. I did like the brightness that it gave me, so I broke down and spent $600 for HID's from Phillips made in Germany with compact digital ballasts. It's been over 2 yrs and still going strong.


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2 years that is good to hear. I have been reading about HIDs and problems with cheap ballast. Some sets are about 50 bucks. I definitely need/want something reliable. Thx for info.

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Ov845, did you retrofit HID projectors as well? HID bulbs are fantastic but putting them in halogen housings is almost certain to create a lot of glare for oncoming drivers in dark conditions.
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Ov845, did you retrofit HID projectors as well? HID bulbs are fantastic but putting them in halogen housings is almost certain to create a lot of glare for oncoming drivers in dark conditions.

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Ov845, did you retrofit HID projectors as well? HID bulbs are fantastic but putting them in halogen housings is almost certain to create a lot of glare for oncoming drivers in dark conditions.

No, the kit was just bulbs and ballasts.


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Old 11-13-2015, 08:59 AM   #29
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An addition of a LED lightbar could help too. Personally I hate the aftermarket bulbs, and really hate the look of aftermarket headlights. I added a Rough Country LED lightbar on my Ford, and boy does it make a difference. I noticed that on VERY dark country roads when we were in VA a month ago the stock lights were really lacking. I rarely ever used the high beams because at least with the Ford you lose so much light close to the truck on the sides of the road, and that's usually where the critters are. Mine is wired into the highbeams so it will turn off when I turn the highbeams off. For $265 it made a world of difference. Some pics for reference.

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Old 11-13-2015, 09:21 AM   #30
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An addition of a LED lightbar could help too. Personally I hate the aftermarket bulbs, and really hate the look of aftermarket headlights. I added a Rough Country LED lightbar on my Ford, and boy does it make a difference. I noticed that on VERY dark country roads when we were in VA a month ago the stock lights were really lacking. I rarely ever used the high beams because at least with the Ford you lose so much light close to the truck on the sides of the road, and that's usually where the critters are. Mine is wired into the highbeams so it will turn off when I turn the highbeams off. For $265 it made a world of difference. Some pics for reference.

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Just another option to consider. I use my high beams as much as possible now.
That light bar kicks out a lot of light! Kind of want something street legal. But i could only use it when needed. Something to think about. Thx!

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