In the process of purchasing a 15 Hybrid Touring model.
I believe it has the dual beam or dual projector halogen lights.
I didn't get a good chance to look because it was so bright out.
I'm sure many of you have swapped your halogens for HID kits.
1. Can anyone give me some advice on a top quality brand to go with?
In the past I have put in a 65w HID kit from retrofitsource in our 4 runner. It worked fine. But within 3 years one of the bulbs started to fade.
And in cold weather ( 10 degrees or colder ) you have to turn the lights on and off several times before they light. I assume it's because of the temperature outside but this is a real PIA because in WI here its 10 degrees or colder for 4 mos. of the year.
2. Does an HID kit out perform the halogens much?
LED bulbs in fogs
I'd like to swaop the bulbs in the factory foglights for some better and brighter bulbs.
Other then HID are LED bulbs the way to go? I'm not to familiar with LED bulbs.
1. Can anyone rec. a top quality brand.
2. It looks like a real PIA to replace the bulbs in the figlight housing? It looks like you hve to either acces the bulbs from the innrer fender well or from underneath the car?
**** I'm not going for super white or color.
***** I want the best performing color. My understanding is the closest to 4300k will give me the best performance.
As you can find posted elsewhere on this forum, I tried various LED and HID low beam retrofit kits on my 2018 Avalon with composite halogen headlights. The only successful kit I found was the following:
9005: MORIMOTO ELITE
HID BALLASTS: 2 X 35w / AMP: Morimoto XB Ballast
9005 HID BULBS: 2 X 9005 / H10 / 9145: XB 6500K
WIRE HARNESS: 1 X HD Relay: 9005/9006/9012/H10
I considered the 50w ballast but was cautioned that the extra heat generated by the bulbs running at 50w could damage the headlamp housings, so I settled for the 35w.
I tried the 5500K and 6500K bulbs and even though the 5500K were a bit brighter, I found that the 6500K provides a more even light distribution and also reflects off road signs and cats eyes better. I had one bulb go bad after a few weeks, and used the 5500K as a spare until the warranty replacement arrived. They are a HUGE improvement over the stock candles Toyota installed.
This is an excellent quality kit that is easy to install. The wiring harness does not require additional capacitor links or resistors to eliminate flickering which other kits did (and still flickered.). If you order these, make sure the ballasts come with the mounting brackets, otherwise they are more difficult to install.
My 2018 doesn't have fog lamps unfortunately. I really wish Toyota hadn't eliminated them on the 2016 refresh.