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I've owned two Tacomas and I swear I feel like I'm replacing my headlamps every several months.

I tried buying more expensive bulbs and same thing. Now I'm just buying the cheap ones because it's getting to be annoying. I have to start carrying an extra set with me so I dont end up getting a 40 dollar ticket.

I have a 2012 Ford Focus, that I hate, but the headlamps are original and have 120,000 miles on them. What's up with that?!?!?!
 

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I've got an '07 Tacoma, and the only bulb I've ever changed is one brake light. Every other one is original still.
 

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That's craziness. My first Taco was a first gen and now I'm in a second gen. I don't understand.
 

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Unless there's a problem with your Tacoma's electrical system (voltage spikes?) I can only guess it's the bulbs. Depending on what bulbs you buy, more expensive may not mean better quality. In some cases, quite the opposite. And cheap might simply mean poor quality. FWIW, my 2005 still has all original bulbs.

Not knowing anything else about your particular situation, I can only suggest getting bulbs with a well-known European brand name, and sticking with stock wattages. Hella, Philips, Osram, Narva, & a few others all make top quality bulbs. Some can be harder to find. Stuff like PIAA and anything with Hyper or Extreme in its name probably won't last long. Neither will most over-wattage bulbs.
 

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It can't be my truck because ive been having the same issue with two seperate trucks. Ive been buying Sylvania bulbs. I think that's how you spell it. I try something what you mentioned and see how that goes. Thanks.
 

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It can't be my truck because ive been having the same issue with two seperate trucks. Ive been buying Sylvania bulbs. I think that's how you spell it. I try something what you mentioned and see how that goes. Thanks.
Yup, that's how it's spelled, and unfortunately that can spell trouble. It's entirely possible that Sylvania makes some good bulbs.... but they also sell (and heavily promote) Silverstars which are notorious for their short life.
 

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Wash any new headlamp bulb with 95% alcohol and a paper towel while wearing nitrile gloves before you install it. Do not touch the glass with your skin.
 

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When I blew my first headlamp bulb, I tried to "upgrade" to SilverStar. Big mistake. Minimal brightness change, maximum bulb replacement. After going through 2 pairs of bulb in under a year, I went back to the regular bulbs. Been 5+ years on them. And as Eherlihy said, don't handle them with your bare hands, (oil in your skin), and use clean contacting stuff to put them in.

I had one friend who wasn't seating them correctly (not aligning the notches) and his would blow quickly, like 6 weeks, assuming too much jostling. And bad aim of the beam.
 

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On my '13 Tacoma with 78,000 miles, I've replaced one headlamp bulb (the left), and the right headlamp assembly due to hail damage. That's it. This sounds like voltage spikes, like Splicer mentioned.
 

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It might not be a bad idea to buy one of those USB charging adapters for the power ports that include a digital voltmeter, to be able to monitor voltages. Tons of them on eBay and Amazon.com.
 

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What is the voltage at the bulbs with the lights are turned on? You'll have to get creative with your probes...

What do the burned out bulbs look like? If you have dirty contacts somewhere and the bulbs aren't getting enough voltage they'll burn out early too.
 

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I've got an '07 Tacoma, and the only bulb I've ever changed is one brake light. Every other one is original still.
Same for my 2008 Tacoma. My only "failure" has been one brake light bulb.

If I ever replace a headlight bulb, I'll wear plastic gloves to avoid touching the glass. Oil from your hands will prematurely kill a headlight bulb.
 
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