Our Tundra was badly in need of help in the lighting department. Being 11 years old, the factory lights were definitely old technology and low-end being run-of-the-mill halogen instead of HID which was the best at that time. Being old they were also starting to get cloudy which also reduced the light output. The truck was also starting to look dated compared to the newer facelifted Tundras. Being old with declining night vision, we had to improve the lights so we enlisted the help of light supplier Turner’s LEDs to advise us on what would be the best way to upgrade our aging truck’s light system.
Turners recommended Morimoto XB LED headlights for our truck to replace our aging OEM lights. LED lights are the latest in light technology and make more illumination with less power draw. They also have superior life, possibly lasting as long as the truck. One of the most important things about the Morimoto headlights is that they are DOT approved, not only does this mean that they are legal but most importantly you are not going to get some weird beam that is worse than stock. Many times, “brighter” lights are stuck in poorly designed housings that put out an improper beam pattern resulting in something that produces a poorly focused beam with less light output than stock, not the Morimoto DOT approved lights. The Morimoto lights have a coated polycarbonate lens that will reduce dulling with UV exposure. The headlight body is made of heat-resistant PPS plastic with plenty of ventilation room for the super bright LED lights heat sinks. The Morimoto lights come with a 5-year warranty.
The Morimoto lights are completely plug-and-play compatible with the OEM lights and even have leveling motors in them just like the stock lights, something cheaper aftermarket lights certainly don’t have. In addition to the DOT approval, they also meet SAE FMVSS 105 standards to assure legality and great performance. Whenever getting aftermarket headlights you should always look for these approvals. This is a way better solution than simply putting LED retrofit bulbs in your stock housings. The OEM reflectors are not designed for the LED light pattern and the housings might not be able to take the heat. This can leave you with lights that can blind oncoming traffic but won’t improve your ability to see.
For the rear of the truck, Turners recommended the Spyder two light bar LED taillights. We like these because they were more OEM and contemporary looking than a lot of bro-ed out chromey aftermarket taillights on the market. The Spyder lights had a light smoked cover over some frosted LED light bars that looked very subtle but modern.
The Spyder lights were also plug and play with the OEM wiring.