Auxito LED High & Low Beam Bulbs For 5th Gen 4Runner: Budget-Friendly Headlight Upgrade – Detailed Install & Review
When you consider interior, exterior, and auxiliary lighting, there are a ton of options to choose from for the 5th Gen 4Runner. You are faced with the perplexing decision, “Which brand to choose? There are so many!” Rest assured, this is a good problem to have. Fortunately, there are resources out there such as Trail4Runner.com to assist with those decisions.
If you’re looking to upgrade your high and low-beam bulbs, you can definitely go with mainstay brands like VLEDS, Diode Dynamics, Morimoto, and Xenon Depot. However, what about brands that aren’t as well-known; are they worth the risk?
With the LED industry exploding, there are more opportunities for smaller companies to strike the balance between quality and price; enter Auxito Lighting.
Find It Online:
- Auxito Lighting H11/H9 Low Beam, 12,000LM | 60W (set): Check Price
- Auxito Lighting 9005/HB3 High Beam, 12,000LM | 60W (set): Check Price
Auxito Lighting has been around since 2016 and is a automotive accessory and lighting manufacturer on multiple platforms. According to their website, they have more than 15 professional automotive lighting designers that carefully strive to create the same beam pattern as factory lights. Quality is continually emphasized, which is why they perform thousands of tests annually. They focus on making products that will not cause glare or hinder other drivers despite using high-powered LEDs.
With warehouses in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, they are quick to deliver in many markets. They also strive to bring a budget-friendly alternative to the market without sacrificing performance.
Both the low beam (H11/H9) and high beam (9005/HB3) LEDs boast 12,000 lumens and 60 watts per set. They have an efficient cooling fan to prolong their lifespan (>30,000 hrs).
The color temperature of the LEDs is 6500k, which is a bright, daylight white. I typically prefer a 5000k bulb for fear of entering the blue light territory, but these looked great!
The bulbs feature a built-in intelligent IC drive and are CANbus-ready. They are designed to be plug-and-play with the original housing (no dust cap drilling or additional modification needed). Since the beam pattern can be a concern with aftermarket LEDs, they aim for a 1:1 mini-sized bulb design to match the OEM beam pattern. This maintains the same wick length and position as the original halogens; they’ve clearly thought through these common issues.
Taking a chance on them, I was delightfully surprised at the quality. Now, let’s roll into the installation!
Tools and Materials:
- Standard Latex Gloves (not required, but recommended anytime dealing with bulbs to avoid oils from hands)
- Car Trim Removal Tool (not required, but may be needed to remove the dust caps)
Step 1. Remove Dust Caps For Low-Beams
First, locate the dust caps on both the driver and passenger sides. There are notations on the cap to properly rotate open and close. Since the intended use of the 4Runner is to be an off-road warrior, Toyota makes those dust caps tight.
Once you’ve rotated the cap properly, continue to work it out, or grab a trim tool to assist with prying it off.
Step 3. Swap Out Old Bulbs With New Ones
Simply rotate the existing bulbs counter-clockwise out of the headlight housing, press the connector tabs for the wiring, and remove them.
Connect new Auxito Lighting bulbs and be sure to test your bulbs before putting them back in. Once tested, align the tab inserts within the housing, and simply twist clockwise to lock them into place.
Put the dust cap back on making sure the seal is secure to avoid dust/moisture intrusion.
Step 4. Install High-Beam Bulbs
If you’ve never swapped out your high beam bulbs before, they will be adjacent to your dust caps and a little further up the bumper. Follow the same process as before with the low beams (sans dust caps).
Step 5. Time To Take A Test Drive!
Before I even left the driveway, I wanted to test all phases of the lights; DRL, low, and high beams. With the DRLs alone, I was shocked at the light output they produced (see above). They were even brighter than my previously installed big-name brand DRL/high beam.
The website mentions that because there is a voltage drop between the DRL and the high beams, it can cause LEDs to flicker. If you stare at the lights from the outside, I noticed a very high-frequency flicker. However, I had to look hard and didn’t even notice it after a few days.
The low beams are as advertised; bright with a very sharp, flat cut-off. I am very pleased with the wide, strong output they produce. On the road, the beam pattern was perfectly flat (yes, my driveway is a little uneven).
I was a little concerned with the light output and spread for oncoming drivers. After about a 5-10 minute drive on suburban roads, I passed about 30 cars. Only one car flashed me and I think it was only due to the road grade changes.
Being an engineer, I was also curious about the approximate height with which the beam pattern becomes distracting. I took note of several height intervals where the light would be considered a distraction (i.e. super bright) up to about 41″ from the ground. As soon as you transitioned to about 45″, they were fine. This is consistent with general eye-level heights in the transportation industry; kudos to Auxito Lighting for thinking through that.
I will be at stock ride height for only a few more weeks, so it was good to test and see how these lights performed initially. You may need to adjust them a little if you have a lift.
The high beams gave a much higher, concentrated throw to achieve further visibility.
I found the darkest road possible without heading way into the country to see how they did with little minimal light pollution. I was once again surprised by the nice, crisp cut-off of the low beams. It was an improvement over my previous aftermarket LEDs for sure. The picture doesn’t really do justice to how clean the light output was.
The high beams (obviously) gave a much further throw than the low beams. The nice thing about these was there were no adjustments that I needed to make. Surprisingly, I did have to make adjustments to my previous LEDs.
With the days getting shorter, I have really enjoyed testing the Auxito Lighting LEDs. I know once I have an opportunity to get out to a trail, they will not disappoint. What I was most pleased with was the output of the DRL (as shown above), the crisp/clean line of the low beam, and the effective throw of the high beam.
With simple plug-and-play installation for quality lighting at a budget-friendly price, you really can’t beat it.