How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Toyota Tundra?

2020 Toyota Tundra ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
9003
Fog Light Bulb Front
H16 LED
Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb
921
Brake Light Bulb
3157R
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
4157NA
License Plate Light Bulb
168
Parking Light Bulb
4157NA
Tail Light Bulb
3157R
Daytime Running Light Bulb
4157NA
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
921
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
168
Side Marker Light Bulb Rear
3157
Back Up Light Bulb
7440
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb
7065
Glove Box Light Bulb
2721
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
921
Dome Light Bulb
168
Map Light Bulb
168
Door Mirror Illumination Light Bulb
168

If there’s a competition of the mightiest vehicles out there, the Tundra will certainly be in the finals. The Japanese full-size pickup truck is known for its reliability, great off-road performance, towing and hauling abilities, and powerful V8 engines.

That’s why it is of the utmost importance that the headlights of your Tundra are in the best possible condition. For some drivers, an update to the existing headlights might be required. Sure, the Tundra has really powerful headlights in its own, but there is always room for improvement. This is especially true for a vehicle that will spend a lot of its life in the wilderness, where the nights are only illuminated by the moon and the stars.

In this guide, we will tell you about how you can improve the headlights on your Toyota Tundra, and how to keep them in the best shape in the years to come.

Toyota Tundra Headlight Bulb Size Chart

How to find the right headlight bulbs for Toyota Tundra?

Replacing the headlight bulbs on your Tundra may be easy, but finding the right one is anything but this. The thing is, every generation of Tundra comes with different bulb type in the headlights. The best way to know which headlight bulbs your Tundra has is to check in the owner’s manual or ask at the nearest Toyota dealer. For example, the latest Toyota Tundra has H4 bulbs, while the previous generation has 9003 bulbs, that are used both for the low beam and the high beam. While this is generally true for every Tundra out there, it is still recommended that you check before you buy.

How to upgrade the headlights on the Tundra?

The most obvious thing to do when replacing the headlight bulbs in your Toyota Tundra is to install high-quality halogen bulbs from reputable manufacturers. We know, there are a lot of cheap options that promise that they can illuminate the road better and that last for longer, but in our opinion, they are not worth it.

An even better option is HID headlight bulbs. These use the same technology as Xenon bulbs and generally illuminate the road much better. They also last longer than halogen bulbs and require less energy. However, they are much more expensive, especially because they can only be installed with the help of a conversion kit. This raises the price even higher. All in all, we think that they’re worth it if you want better lighting in youth Tundra.

In the last few years, LED bulbs have become a viable option. They promise even brighter light with less energy consumption and are definitely the way to go into the future. However, this is only if the housing is already made for LED bulbs like for example LED matrix headlights that are built into new premium vehicles. If you install LED bulbs into your existing Tundra headlight housing, the performance leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, the bulb will shine brighter, but the ray of light will not reach as far as with halogen or HID bulbs.

With all that said, the best upgrade option is entirely new aftermarket headlights. There are a lot of different models for the Tundra available, most of them of the Xenon (HID) variety. This means that they will illuminate the road much better and that they will last longer. Other than that, aftermarket headlights look much better than the OEM ones and come with striking LED daytime running lights. Some of the models are even customizable, with different colors for the LED lights available. All in all, if you’re serious about the lighting on your Tundra, aftermarket headlights are the way to go.

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