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Unread 01-24-2014, 12:22 AM   #1
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I have a 2010 Toyota Prius. I want to upgrade my factory headlight lamp/bulb (low/high beam & fog lights). After doing some research I found out that the code for the lamps are H11 and 9005. However, I'm not sure which brand/type is the best. I'm looking for great quality and bright bulbs. I'm not too concerned about price, but I'm not looking to just throw money away either. Anyways, I appreciate your advice ahead of time.

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Unread 01-24-2014, 04:47 PM   #2
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You have options. You can get another standard halogen like whats in the headlight now, which i dont think will differ much from brand to brand. You can throw in a set of high power LED's which will be a bit brighter, last forever, but cost a bit more. Or convert to HID's which will be the most expensive, but likely the brightest of all 3, and should last forever too, if you get a good hid kit.

Have a look at these pages i found of some other prius owners choices.
stock vs LED
Halogen -VS- LED Headlights with pictures | PriusChat

stock vs HID
Installed some HIDS on my '10 Prius | PriusChat

Led's (VLED makes some of the best LED bulbs on the market, they are the only ones i personally buy)
H11 5K CXA 2000LM | 1 PAIR - H11 - H Series - Shop Bulb #'s

HID systems, retrofit make some great HID kits as well, and i would opt for the XB35 upgrade, little better quality and output.
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/hid...l#.UuLfl7RMFaQ
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Hey,

Thank you for the answer. It was extremely helpful. I was able to do some research and found these:

HID Xenon Headlight Conversion Kit by Kensun, H11, 8000K - 2 Year Warranty : Amazon.com : Automotive HID Xenon Headlight Conversion Kit by Kensun, H11, 8000K - 2 Year Warranty : Amazon.com : Automotive

However, on my Amazon thing that checks to see if the products fit the vehicle it says: "This does not fit your: 2010 Toyota Prius" yet they are set for H11 bulbs.

You wouldn't happen to know why that would be would you?

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Its a universal kit and requires a bit more than just plugging the bulb in. But yes it should work for your vehicle.

But please beware that the cheap HID kits are not a smart investment. Ive had many freind and other users online have terrible reliability from the cheap china made kits. The ballasts, that little black box that converts power, wont likely last. They burn out all the time needing replaced, which means no headlights.

Buying a higher quality kit will be much more reliable, and also they tend to be a bit brighter since the ballasts have better voltage regulation.

Also, do you know what color you want? The brightest will be the 4300K and 5000k. A 35w 5K bulb burn practically pure white, where as the 4300k is slightly more yellow, which is what most vehicles come with in their HID's such as Audi and Lexus.
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Thanks for the info. I really like the look of the 8000k. They still seem pretty bright.

I am now looking at this one, but I don't know if I should get 35W or 55W.

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Amazon.com: OPT7 Bolt AC 55w HID Xenon Conversion Kit - H11 - 8000K Ice Blue Light - 2 Bulbs & 2 Ballasts: Automotive Amazon.com: OPT7 Bolt AC 55w HID Xenon Conversion Kit - H11 - 8000K Ice Blue Light - 2 Bulbs & 2 Ballasts: Automotive

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You do not want an 8000k setup.

a) it's blue, not optimal lighting
b) you're going to get pulled over constantly
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Ah ok. Well between 5000k and 6000k which is better? and 35W vs 55W which is better?

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I always prefer 5000k on 35w, or 4300k on 55w. 55w will be brighter, but will also burn hotter and draw more power. Im not sure how the housing will handle the extra heat, and if the wiring/fuse in the car is capable of powering the 55w bulbs. 55w HID's have been known to melt some headlight housings on certain vehicle, and im not sure how the prius stands.

I personally would get the 35watt, 5000K bulbs. They will be a big improvement over what you have now, and will be safe to use. Most of the 55w systems are "for offroad use"
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COOL. I will go ahead and grab the 5000k 35W H11. Thank you for all your help!

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