Baja Design LP9 Pro Driving/Combo Review: LEDs For Low & High Beam Max Trail Coverage For 5th Gen 4Runner
33,000 lumens of shock and awe…
Baja Design LP9 Pros, one of the worlds most advanced LED lighting to this day features 11,025 lumens of raw firepower utilizing the 9 LEDs.
Protected by a sexy, modern style, hard-anodized aluminum housing and hard-coated polycarbonate lens with a rating of IP69K, these lenses will survive the demands of off-road racing or late-night rock crawling vehicles.
I purchased the LP9 Pros knowing I would use them and have the capabilities of turning night into day during highspeed off-road movements and runs. The LP9 Pros will not let you down. And, they will continue to put a smile on your face, even in the day with the yellow background daytime running lights.
The LP9 Pros feature a low beam and high beam function. The low beams produce a 42-degree pattern of 2,280 lumens of light while the High beam turns everything on, providing the full 11,025 lumens of light, the spot being 6 degrees.
The amazing LP9 Pros does come with its drawbacks, primarily being the price tag of $599 each without a wire harness ($90). Should you choose to not purchase the wire harness; the wiring can be painstaking and will take some time and thinking.
Baja Designs LP9s
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Overall, these lights are absolutely gorgeous with amazing firepower, but at a hefty cost that may lighten wallets fast.
The install is fairly easy and straight forward.
With the stainless-steel bracket and hardware, each light requires three holes drilled into whichever location you decide; me, being the front aftermarket steel bumper.
Drill Holes Into Lights To Mount
Carefully measuring the holes, I drilled pilot holes prior to finishing it off with the proper bit size. The primary middle bolt using a 3/8th drill bit and the two sides bolts using a 7/32nd drill bit.
Every bolt uses two washers, one being on the bolt side and the other being on the nut side. Measure twice and cut once!
Setting Up & Configuring Wiring
Here is where things got tricky.
The LP9 Pros require four wires, one being the day time running lights, second being the low beams, third being the high beams, and the final being the ground.
Here’s the catch: the low beams and high beams cannot be power at the same time or else it will damage the circuit board. The fix is either being really careful when switching on the lights or adding a relay between the power source and the light.
SPOD’s Relay Diagram For Wiring
Using SPOD’s relay diagram on wiring, if the low beam is powered and the high beam is switched on, the high beam is will trump the low beam and cut power from the low beam switch.
This prevents both switches powering the LP9 Pros and causing damage to the circuit even though the highs use all LEDs and the lows only use the lower LEDs.
The second painstaking part was fitting the wires into the supplied Deutsch DT 4-way male ends.
Having used the recommended 12ga wire for supplying power to the lights, it became very hard to stick them into the watertight rubber seals and lock them in the housing. A pair of needle-nose pliers will help greatly in getting the wire through.
Other than that, most was smooth sailing and just took some time soldering, heat shrinking, taping and using anti-abrasion wrap and wire covers to protect the wires.
In all, it took around 3 hours to create the harness and required about 40ft of 12GA wire and 30amp relay, along with a switch or distribution system (if have).
The high beams should be paired with a 30amp fuse, the lows being a 20amp fuse and DRLs being at a minimum a 5amp fuse (all calculated and done with a Baja Design tech).
LED Lighting FirePower
Pictures do not do justice…
These lights are absolutely astounding and bright. It will turn darkness into light, night into day and outshine any light nearby.
The light is so bright that signs in front of you will be illuminated for miles and close ones will blind you! The light hits well past a mile and shines everything in its path.
Necessary for nighttime runs at speed, these will alert you well before you get there and keep you prepared for anything in your way.
The low beams will give you a nice, clean, wide beam, but do not think this isn’t bright either.
The sides blast everywhere, giving you a good angle of light around you, the front lights will fill the area within 300ft and leave no shadows.
But it does not stop here, when back on the road, running the day time running lights leave a settle clean finish to the lights.
Making it known that your running LP9 Pros gives the 4Runner a meaner look and WOW do they produce some outstanding light.
I highly recommend these lights to anyone with the desire to run these lights but also know that the install is not a walk in the park and it will require some technical know-how.
You should attempt this install only if you have previous wiring experience or if you are ready to hop on the phone with Baja Designs a few times in order to get everything right.
What does this mean “the low beams and high beams cannot be power at the same time”?
What is producing the 11,000 forward lumens? Just High beam?
Any ideas on the lux at 1KM range for the pair?
I have a question on the DRL backlit amber (pin 3) – I have the wiring harness and my question is – is wire 3 the yellow wire that is on its own. If it is, where do I plug that into? I am going to use the toggle switch it comes with on the harness since I don’t have a sPOD. I will run the switch to the cab and its low/off/high. But again where would I plug in the wire that’s connected to pin 3 which is called the Amber backlight. I have a Jeep wrangler JK 2018.
Wiring harness I purchased for this is here . https://turn5.scene7.com/is/image/Turn5/J117920?wid=810&hei=608&op_usm=0.8,1,10,0
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The lights use a 4 wire Deutsch connector and there are 3 power wires. One for just the DRL, one for the low beam lights, and one that powers all (high beam). Powering the low beam and high beam cannot be at the same time or it will damage the circuit board. At 1KM, you will definitely hit there, cannot say the lux but should be fairly bright. Looking back will still be blinding.
The LP9 Driving/Combo lights are unbelievable. Even the low beam is crazy bright. I only have 2 of them on my vehicle and there is no way I can out drive them. The LP9 lights are relatively expensive but absolutely worth it. The quality level is rock solid. I had to make my own harness and it is a bit of a pain. The guys at Baja Design were very helpful.