HID Headlights 5th Gen 4Runner Xenon Depot
HID Headlights 5th Gen 4Runner Xenon Depot
Xenon Depot HID (High-Intensity Discharge) Headlights on 5th Gen 4Runner
We can all agree on one thing, Xenon Depot headlights are the way to go in the 4Runner world. Not only the 4Runner world but Tacomas, Tundras, and many other makes and models. Xenon Depot is a company that has specialized in automotive lighting for years.
This company backs their products and has excellent customer support. If you have any questions about your HIDs, LEDs, Festoon bulbs, interior light bulbs, exterior light bulbs or anything that shines bright, just give them a call. You can’t say the same for most other light distributors out there. It’s hard to get ahold of anyone these days online unless you are Xenon Depot or of course, Trail4Runner.com
There are quite a few companies out there, that make and design HID headlights for our low beam (H11) housing but not too many compare to the Xenon Depot HIDs. Whether you go with Xenon Depot as your company of choice or another company, one thing is for sure, do your research on companies as well as HIDs and LEDs.
If going the low beam HID route is something that you are interested in, check out our overview on 4Runner Headlights and then our detailed overview on HID 4Runner headlights before you make up your mind. If you are buying HID bulbs for your low beam (H11) housing, know that there is a difference between installing HID bulbs and an HID 4Runner retrofit.
HID Bulbs or HID Retrofit?
Our 4Runner has a low beam halogen projector. A projector is the housing the projects the light. An HID bulb is not “designed” to work 100% perfect in a halogen projector. If you want to do HIDs the right way, you install HID bulbs into an HID projector. To get an HID projector into your 4Runner’s headlights, you need to do an HID retrofit.
An HID retrofit simply means replacing your halogen projectors with HID projectors. This is the entire housing that holds your bulb (not to be confused with your entire headlight housing). In our 4Runner, the low beam has a projector housing and the high beam uses a reflector housing. Go look at them and see the difference. Usually, projector based lights (our low beam H11 bulb) have a laser-focused cut-off line (beam pattern), while our reflector based high-beam (9005) has a wild and aggressive light output with no cut-off line.
There are DIY overviews on retrofit kits, or you can buy a pre-packaged housing that comes ready to swap out. There are a few kits (HID retrofit kits) out there, that are designed for our 5th gen 4Runner. Not very companies actually design and product high-quality conversion kits that meet anywhere near OEM standards.
4Runner HID Retrofit – Replacing Halogen Projectors with HID Projectors?
This is the correct way to go if you want to run HIDs in your 4Runner. If you replace your factory halogen projectors with HID projects, a few things will happen. Your beam pattern should be damn near stock. This means your cut-off line of where your light projects is a straight line at about 20-25 feet from your 4Runner and about 40″ off the ground.
4Runner HID bulbs – What if you just throw in bulbs?
No HID projectors, oh no! If you are going to use your halogen projectors, you will be fine. All you need to buy is a set of HID H11 bulbs and plug them in. There is nothing very complicated about plugging new headlights in. Many 4Runner owners have HID headlights and love them.
4Runner HIDs – Beam Pattern & Light Output?
The reason why so many people choose LED headlights over HID headlights is they shoot the correct beam pattern at oncoming traffic (they keep the OEM beam pattern). With HIDs in a projector housing, your light output is going to be brighter and your beam pattern will shoot higher, similar to a reflector housing. This will ultimately cause other drivers to think you are using your high-beams, and you will get flashed.
Now that we have covered HIDs, LEDs, Projectors, and Reflectors, let’s go back to Xenon Depot.
Xenon Depot HID Light Features & Options
Xenon Depot Features
The Xtreme ballasts are a low draw, which means you can safely power them right from the OEM headlight wiring (no harness). Also, you won’t have any cold start lighting issues without the harness because of the lower draw. Ballasts that have a higher starting draw sometimes have issues igniting the bulb when it’s cold, especially if you use the auto headlights.
- You can find these HIDs here: Xenon Depot HIDs (check price)
- Nominal Voltage: Dual voltage ballast system for 12V/24V
- Bulb Voltage: 85 +/- 17 (V)
- Bulb Electric Power: 35 +/- 3 (W)
- Operating Temperature Range: -40 ~ +95
- Storage Temperature Range: -40 ~ +105
- Operating Voltage Range: 9 ~ 32 V
- Inrush current (0-5msec): <4.5 (A) (Low Draw)
- Reverse Polarity Protection: YES
- Rated Lifetime: 2500-3000 hours (35w)
There are a few key points to look at here. The fact that Xenon Depot has reverse polarity protection is pretty cool. When you are in the middle of an install with HIDs and your bulb does not turn out, it is pretty frustrating. We had this happen on our last 4Runner HID headlight install. Not that is was difficult to figure out, It was just one of those things that can be irritating during an install.
Xenon Depot Kevlin and Lumens
- 3000K: Yellow (2800 lu)
- 4300K: Warm White (3100 lu)
- 5000K: Pure White (3000 lu)
- 6500K: Cool White (2850 lu)
- 8000K: Cool Blue (2650 lu)
- Philips 4300K (3200 lu)
You have multiple options with the Xenon Depot HIDs. With our 4Runner, you want to stay with pure white. You don’t have to but that is what I would recommend. Pure white will give you exactly what it sounds like, pure white color. If you want to go with a slight blue tint, then go with the 6500K. For most vehicles on the road, you should stay with a 5000K bulb. Anything over 6000K will attract unwanted attention and possibly make you look like an 18-year-old kid trying to be cool with blue lights. Keep it classy and stay with white lights.
Xenon Depot HID Bulb Fits
- H11LL, H11-55W, H8, H9 (Fits 4Runner Low Beam – H11)
Today, we are talking about the 4Runner low beam bulb (H11). This is the bulb that most 4Runner owners are looking at for their HID headlights. Xenon Depot makes a stunning H11 HID light bulb. If you are considering a pair of HID headlights for your 5th Gen 4Runner, this is your best bet.
In my opinion, these are the highest quality HIDs for the 4Runner and many others as well. This is not just one guy speaking highly of these bulbs for his 4Runner. Hundreds of 4Runner owners know, love and trust the Xenon Depot brand. Whether its HIDs or LEDs, you should always be safe with Xenon Depot.