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Close to putting in LED headlights (low beam and fog lights, I think). Seems like this was a popular thing to do about 5-6 years ago, judging by past posts on this forum. In those days the advice was to go with HID but nowadays my opinion, from what all I've read, is that LED might be the way to go for a variety of reasons. Anyone out there who has purchased and installed LED headlights this year? What brand, temp, and power/lumen ratings did you go with, and how pleased or happy are you with your choice? From what I've read, I'm thinking you can get a pretty good double bulb set of 10,000 lumens total, 6000k, 30,000 hour bulbs for about $70 delivered off of Amazon. For $40, you get 6,000 lumens total, and less of a warranty. Sets nowadays for Toyotas/Lexus seem to not require add ons to control dash headlight error warning lights, or flicker warnings as they did several years ago. I'd especially like to hear from anybody who has actually purchased and installed. Thanks.
 

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I've been running the Beamtech ones off Amazon for about six months now and I'm very happy with them. Output is equivalent to my old HIDs, but the beam pattern is even better.
I'm also running some 3000k LEDs in my fog lights. Can't recall the brand off hand.
 

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I found them on Amazon. You had no radio interference? The set I bought do and I'm thinking that now that I'm expert at replacing these I'll return them for some that an actual ct200h user says do not cause EMI.
 

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Quick followup for anyone interested...I sent the fan-cooled set back after failing to control the EMI with ferrite chokes. Bought the Beamtechs brand without fans and they're sweet. No EMI whatsoever, better fit in the headlight bulb case, and $10 cheaper for the same wattage and color! Recommend.
 

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Awesome thanks! Just ordered those as well as the matching fog light set. For now I'll keep the halogen brights as they seem to be bright enough already.
 

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That's what I did, too...kept the Hi beams as halogen. I don't use the Hi beams much anyway, and unless I could figure out a way to lower them (heard them called "Squirrel Spotters", LOL), I think they would make the road signs pop out to the point of distraction.
 

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I actually got another pair of Beamtechs for cheap and tossed them in my high beams. They work well there, and they're essentially spares in case one ever dies on me.
 

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Just installed the Beamtech S1-H11s into the low beams. What a difference. I realize there are brighter LEDs out there but they all have fans and/or ballasts and I've read they can cause radio interference. For not having any of that, these are direct plug and play and work very well. Not sure why the plug isn't keyed, it's annoying that you can plug them in backwards which doesn't work. For anyone trying these, put the side of the light's plug with the +/- label on the side of the car's plug that has the release button. That's the correct polarity. I also bought the fog light replacements but found that there's a wheel well panel that needs removed. Looks like there are some plastic screws that holds it on but as I started to try and take it off it started cracking and crumbling from being old and I stopped. Any other way to get to the fog lights? For now I guess I'll keep the fog lights as is.
 

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The owner's manual shows how to remove 1 plastic rivet, 2 bolts, and 1 screw below each fog lamp, then slide aside a Tupperware panel to get very easy access to the fog lamp housing. What they don't say is that it's really only easy if you've got the car jacked up (itself quite easy IFF you have a low profile floor jack). Otherwise, you can do it by feel alone it's said, but I have the jack and used it.
 
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