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Old 12-16-2014, 10:04 PM
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Default What's the brightest bulb for the headlamps (non-HID)?

My other car has HID (I'm used to those for years now) so when I finally had to use the headlamps of my brand new '14 Limited, I was **shocked** on how horrible the headlamps are. I mean, are they kidding me? No spread, no brightness, just a weak candle light style yellowish, back from the 50s light.

So... without going HID, what is the best light bulb out there that can somewhat cure this major FAIL by RAM via an easy swap?
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Do you have the regular halogen(2 bulbs) or quad(4 bulbs) or OEM projector headlights...?
And have you tried re-aiming them upward yet....???
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Same problem here... How can you tell what bulb you have?
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Same problem here... How can you tell what bulb you have?
Take a picture of the front of the truck showing the headlight housings and we`ll tell you what bulb is in it.
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Do you have the regular halogen(2 bulbs) or quad(4 bulbs) or OEM projector headlights...?
And have you tried re-aiming them upward yet....???
Projectors, here's the pic and no alignment attempts yet.
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I'm interested in this too...but I have the regular 2-bulb (one on top and bottom correct?).
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Projectors, here's the pic and no alignment attempts yet.
Well i really hate to tell you Luxo, but you already have the HIR halogen bulbs in the projectors from the factory, which IS the brightest halogen bulb you can buy.

Your next solution would be to try to re-aim them up a little higher, or just break the piggy bank open and install HID bulbs and ballast`s in the projector. It will make a huge improvement with HID`s in the projector. Dont put anything higher than the 35watt HID`s in. Anything more than that is just overkill and the higher wattage wont last as long.

I would really try re-aiming them first, it made a huge improvement to my OEM projectors.
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Thanks... I've read the thread about the HID option, I wonder if the install won't mess up the computer, and if the HID retrofit is just for the low beams, keeping the automatic high beam function intact, as on my truck the hi-beam is a different light bulb in the housing. (On that pic I posted above, it's to the right of the projector).
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I'm interested in this too...but I have the regular 2-bulb (one on top and bottom correct?).
If you have 2 bulbs in each headlight housing, you have the quad set-up.
YOU, can benefit from adding HIR halogen bulbs to yours, but only in the hi-beams. (the hi-beam bulb in yours is a 9005. The lo-beam is a H11).

Nothing will help your lo-beam much, BUT, the hi-beam can be replaced with a 9011HIR.
You may have to trim one of the locating tabs very slightly to get it in, but its well worth it.

9005 & 9011HIR halogen share identical connections
The 9011HIR is 30% brighter than the standard halogen bulb if i remember right.

This is the cheapest way to go without retrofitting a set of projectors in your truck, which is VERY expensive.
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Thanks... I've read the thread about the HID option, I wonder if the install won't mess up the computer, and if the HID retrofit is just for the low beams, keeping the automatic high beam function intact, as on my truck the hi-beam is a different light bulb in the housing. (On that pic I posted above, it's to the right of the projector).
Alot of guys on here have retrofitted HID into their trucks. I`m not a huge fan of doing so just because of all the issues along the way. If you can do without it, do so... otherwise you`ll be on a long trail to spending big money. If its done right, its doable, its just not my thing to do.

You`re gonna have a shit load of people with THEIR opinion on what to do, and it always starts a pissing contest here just because nobody can agree on what lighting is enough and what isnt. You have to be the final judge of that, they dont know what you really want or expect out of your lights like you do.

Some of the pictures that some of these guys post, show you how bright they are. My biggest concern is NOT to blind on-coming traffic. There is such a thing as being just to damn bright in my opinion, projector or not. Your eyes also will become fatigued from seeing all that brightenss ahead of you too. That too, is very unsafe. Brighter the lights, the more glare, and i dont care where they have them aimed... sometimes to bright is just that, to damn bright.
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