Xenon Depot 4Runner LED Headlights (Low and High Beams) Complete Step by Step Installation Guide, Review, and Overview
The Xenon Depot 4Runner LED headlights are bad ass! After writing our initial thoughts and overview on the Xenon Depot headlights, we were anxious to get them installed. After driving around for a few days in the dark with these aftermarket headlights, we were thoroughly impressed.
Other brands of headlights?
We recently installed another set of LED headlights, and they worked but the Xenon Depot low beams (H11) and high beams (9005) are on another level of quality. When you are looking to buy an aftermarket set of headlights, you should seriously consider the XD brand.
HID Headlights Vs. LED Headlights
We have not jumped on the HID bulbs yet. We will get there soon. If you want the brightest light possible on your 4Runner, though, you want to go with an HID bulb over the LED bulbs.
The only problem you will find with HID headlights is that your low beams may have oncoming traffic into thinking they are high beams, and then you will get flashed with oncoming lights. One way to solve this problem is by tilting your headlights down a bit.
LEDs are a good option for someone looking for a better light and better color. The HID headlights are for someone who wants/ needs the brightest light possible, also with a better color.
XD LED Xtreme Pro Headlights – The Best?
I really do think that these are the best option for our headlights in general. The XD low beams and high beams are better than anything you will buy on Amazon or eBay. They are a bit more pricey, but you get what you pay for. The XD LEDs are basically the Goldilocks of low beams and high beams.
These lights will kick out better light output, better color and a better beam pattern than many brands on Amazon and eBay. But, not as much power and brightness as some HID kits/ bulbs (especially the Xenon Depot brand).
While the HID headlights might be a little too bright, too bright they need to be adjusted, this leads me to point out the obvious. How are these lights not the perfect option?
The XD LEDs are right in the middle of more light output, better color, and a better beam pattern. To me, that sounds like the perfect option.
Where can you buy these headlights?
Driving with the XD (Xenon Depot) lights Vs. Amazon headlights
Yeah, big difference!
- Beam Pattern: The other low beam (H11 Bulb) headlights had an incredibly odd beam pattern. It was like they had a shotgun technique and just shotgunned light all over the road. The XD lights had more of a sniper rifle approach. The XD beam pattern was incredibly precise, targeted and very smooth. The beam pattern is exactly horizontal across whatever terrain you are on. It is actually pretty impressive coming from the other headlights.
- Color (5500K): The color of these headlights compared the other Amazon brand of headlights was much more crystal white as opposed to the blue. And, the company marketed the lights as “pure white” but the XD lights are actually “pure white”.
- Brighter/Power: Most importantly, these headlights are BRIGHTER than the other headlights. The beam pattern is better at covering a larger area in a more consistent fashion, so they feel brighter and more powerful than the Amazon brand. This is the headlight that you install, drive for a few days and then say “yeah, I am so glad I bought these”.
Step #1A: Remove Dust Cap
Step #1B: Remove Battery Optional (Driver)
Step #2: Remove Bulb
Step #3: Save your Stock Bulbs!
Step #4: Prepare Dust Cap 1″ Hole
Step #5: Drill Hole in Dust Cap
Step #6: Clean Dust Cap & Feed LED
Step #7: Fitting LED Wires
Step #8: Connect LED Driver to OEM Harness
Step #9: Connect LED Bulb to LED Driver Harness
Step #10: Test your LED Light
Step #11A: Note Position of Tabs
Step #11B: Plug in your LED Lights
Step #12A: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap
Step #12B: Plug In Everything/ Screw on Dust Cap
Step #13: Zip-Tire Outside Wires
High Beam Step #1: Remove Bulb
High Beam Step #2: Unscrew and Pop Bulb Out
High Beam Step #3: Screw in Bulb
High Beam Step #4: Fit Fanless LED Bulb
High Beam & Low Beam – Optional: Rotate Bulb
Xenon Depot LED Headlight Dial Settings
This came from a user: I was messing around with mine, and actually found that the LEDs work best when the bulb was rotated at a 45. The post has been updated with a new image (Bulbs on right at 45, while bulbs on left are at 3/9).
High Beams should be 12/6. Low Beams will work on 12/6 or 3/9.
Low Beams is hard to tell exactly what the clocking is (orientation and direction of the bulb) because you can’t see the bulb.
Try them the way they are as they are shipped. If something doesn’t seem right, adjust the dial 45 degrees and then try again. Repeat that process until you have reached your desired light pattern. The lights should work as they are shipped directly from Xenon Depot. You shouldn’t need to adjust them but it really depends on your pattern preference.