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Old 01-02-2009, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Replacing Camry HeadLight Bulbs?

Hey guys! I'm new to Toyota Nation, so please excuse any noob things I may say or write lol. Well recently, my father picked up my grandfathers 2002 Camry LE 4cyl 2.4L for me, and I'm already looking into trying to make it look better. I really would like to have a nicer, cleaner set of headlights, so I plan to replace the bulbs with high intensity ones. Do you guys have any tips for replacing them? I've googled my question many times, and haven't found any diagrams/walk throughs for it. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks guys!
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Noobs make the thread alive, welcome to TN. Hehe..

As for the bulbs, if you get the tinted blue ones, it won't be as bright as the stock ones.

HID is the way to go if you want brightness and look. A retrofit is needed since you have reflector housings instead of projector lenses like the gen6.

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Old 01-02-2009, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks man! ah retrofitting? for the love of gawd lol
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Welcome to the forums!

I have a Gen 5 Camry too, and I just got new headlights for mine. It is a great investment

Do you want to replace the entire headlights or just the bulbs?
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I think if there's a wya to use the 9006 and 9005 sockets in a projector that would be my goal...
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dont go with HID's without a proper retrofit.. For your needs, I would either just get some GE Nighthawks from your local autoparts store or get some HIR's from ebay(these are much more expensive)
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Welcome to the forums!

I have a Gen 5 Camry too, and I just got new headlights for mine. It is a great investment

Do you want to replace the entire headlights or just the bulbs?
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If you're looking to replace the bulbs, stay with halogen and don't go HID unless you do a proper retrofit. Don't forget that if you pick a bulb with a blue tint (to make the light whiter) like Sylvania Silverstars, you'll scarifice some light output and bulb life. It does look nicer though.

If you're looking for subtle improvements -I changed my parking lights, interior lighting (map lights + dome light) and license plate lights to LEDs. Gives it a clean look.

Enjoy the "new" Camry! Stick around and read up, I'm sure you'll learn a lot here
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Welcome to the forums!

I have a Gen 5 Camry too, and I just got new headlights for mine. It is a great investment

Do you want to replace the entire headlights or just the bulbs?

nice! i plan to replace strictly the bulbs by the way lol...unless you guys say thats a dumb idea. im still looking up anything i can about HID vs. Halogen etc...


Gellenole-I found some bulbs on eBay which both had 9005 and 9006 connectors...but im hearing thngs about retrofitting being a must with HID's lol


Mrsoohoo-thnx man ill look into both of those =9


islandboy-thanks man ill check out halogen vs. HIR's on google...


oh yeah hey guys, how do i remove the stock bulbs from the headlight housing? do i need to actually remove the headlight itself to take it appart, or can i just pull out the bulb while its still on my car?
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twist n pull.

you can get HID and aim it low.
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twist n pull.

you can get HID and aim it low.
he wont be able to see the road than!!!!! :p
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Well not too low!

Hey, you know the guy DNA_Splice has HID and he aimed it low, he has no probs.
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thanks guys =D


sigh...and another n00b question..what would happen if i just bought 8000k bulbs and plugged em in without balasts or any sort of HID kit?
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8000K Halogen bulb will be blue, 8000K Xenon/HID bulbs will not work without ballasts.
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sigh...and another n00b question..what would happen if i just bought 8000k bulbs and plugged em in without balasts or any sort of HID kit?
You would have blue lights and probably 80-90% of the light output of your existing bulbs............
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Well not too low!

Hey, you know the guy DNA_Splice has HID and he aimed it low, he has no probs.

Exactly what I did -- it's fine, but I do like the HID projector look -- is there any way to get 9005 and 9006 sockets for HID projectors? I found a projector set online, but they take h1 bulbs and that wouldn't do...

anyone know if there's a way to get it to fit?
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