For my 2010 Toyota Venza, I ordered Philips HID kit from Ebay, which costs me less than 200 usd shipped to my door. I have 4300k and 6000K HID bulbs and lets see what the differences are comparing to the original one.
A picture worth a thousand words. Picture with story...
The original plug and light bulb detached. Noticed that there are yellow wire and black/whit wires on the driver's side. On the passenger side, it is red and black/whit wires on my Venza Later on it is going to be connected with the HID kit
The blue and black wires are from the HID kit. They are going to be pluge into the green socket.
Notice that the blue wire should align with the color wire of the green socket. In this case on the passenger side, it is a red wire. The black one goes with the black/white wire. I use black wire to secure this from detach apart. For other wires, they all have specific shapes, just plug and play, you can't go wrong.
After all the connections, lets fire it up and see how it look.
It is the 4300K here in the picture.
This is the original bulb, yellowish and not bright.
Here is the Philips 4300K. I have set the camera in manual mode, so the shutter speed and aperture are all the same.
See it is white on left side and yellow on the right side.
Right side original
Now right side 4300K
Left side 4300k
Left side 6000k
Left side 6000k, Right side 4300k
Another angle, left side 6000k, right side 4300k
I use industrial grade velcro to secure the ballasts
Here is one of the places to put the ballast for right side.
I cut the velcro so it shap nicer
Here is the place I put(hang) the ballast on the driver side. Clean the plastic a bit and put the sticky velcro on.
Pop it off with a (-)screw driver on the right side
With original bulb. Planty of space. I should get the LED board type instead of the small one.
The one with 4 LED is the one I use.
LED (color is a bit purpleish, sorry, I took the picture using my cellphone.)
Again, pop one side of the center piece open first.
You will see the center bulb
Here is the T10 LED I use. it has 6 white squares and each square contains 3 led, so there are total of 18 light emitting source from this tiny LED.
Size comparison (unit is cm)
Put it in
Lights from 3 directions
Just pull gentally and it should come off.
Watch out not to break it when you put it back in
You can see the hinge here. There are 2 hings for the right and left light covers. The center piece has 4.
The LED is so small that there is still lots of room if you consider a longer LED. Just remember to take away the center light cover first when you are doing this area, and put it back the last when you are done.
The LED still have the gradual dimming effect when you open and close doors.
Thats it for now. I will post more pics for the rear reading lights and HID test on the road when I have free time.
After detached from door
The size of the cover limits the size of the LED you can use, unless you plan not to put the cover back.
Detach the cover
Without the cover
There are 4 metal bar that holds the original bulb, which also limits the LED selection, unless you bent it straight.
Thats it for now.
thanks for reading