Toyota Tundra Lighting

Toyota Tundra Forward Lighting Information

Second Generation - 2007-2018

2014-2018 Toyota Tundra Forward Lighting

In the second half of the Second Generation of production, Toyota changed the Forward Lighting for only the second time. For vehicles that have been on the market for almost two decades, they have been very consistent with their lighting setups! The bulb types are more similar to the First Generation models now. 2014 to 2018 Toyota Tundras are back to using H4 halogen bulbs for the Low and High Beam headlights and have made the switch to the lower-wattage H16 halogen bulbs for their Fog Lights.

The H4 halogen bulb is a dual-filament bulb - each filament is positioned differently, giving a different pattern of light, and runs at a different wattage, giving different amounts of light output. You can see a few technical details of the H4 halogen bulb below:

  • IEC Base type: P43t
  • Base type: Axial Prefocus, H4
  • Filaments: C-8/C-8
  • H4 bulb length: 9.2cm (3.62")
  • H4 bulb width: 1.65cm (0.65")
  • Volts: 12/12
  • Amps: 5/4.58
  • Watts: 60/55 (High Beam/Low Beam)
  • Lumen Output: approximately 1600/1000 (High Beam/Low Beam)

The Second Generation Tundras have a Reflector-style headlight housing, which means that they bounce the light from their headlight bulbs around and scatter it out on the road. Some vehicles use what is called a Projector-style housing instead, which gives a more defined cutoff line for where the spread of light stops.

What this means for you when you are looking at upgrading your headlights is that you need to be mindful of what type kit you are putting in there. We carry both H4 HID Kits and H4 LED Kits, and they both have their benefits and drawbacks to consider:

H4 HID Kits
  • Brightest light output (but with a reflector-type housing this can be overpowering)
  • Several colour options
  • High/Low Beam functionality achieved through the use of a solenoid (mechanized switch) that physically moves the bulb in and out to give two different light patterns in the housing
  • Additional components to install beyond bulb and ballast (diode boxes, relay harnesses, etc)
  • Moving parts

H4 LED Kits
  • Brighter than stock - 1750 lumens in both Low and High Beam (both sets of diodes are the same) - this is a stable lumen value, meaning that it was measured after the lights were running for about an hour - like anything else, it will be even brighter when first fired up
  • 5500K colour temperature (crisp white light - no yellow/blue tones) - this is that nice icy 'LED' white you find in OEM LED applications
  • High/Low Beam functionality achieved by illuminating one of two different sets of diodes on the bulb
  • No additional components required beyond LED Bulb and LED Driver
  • No moving parts - just insert the bulbs in your housing, spread out the aluminum heat sink fins, and you're in business!

If you are looking to upgrade your H4 headlights, we would strongly recommend you go with an H4 LED option: either the H4 Xtreme LED PRO Kit or the H4 Philips Ultinon 6200K bulbs. Both do an excellent job of replicating the beam pattern from the H4 halogen bulb in the stock housing. Both offer lighting upgrades over the stock bulb (the Xtreme LED PRO has the same output for Low and High Beam, and is a bit brighter than the Philips overall). Both offer brighter, whiter light (the Xtreme LED PRO is rated 5500K, while the Philips is a bit cooler at 6200K - you get a little bit of blue tone here) - and you can get that nice, slick 'OEM LED White' that looks so great. An H4 Bi-Xenon HID Kit will give you more raw output, sure, but without a projector-style housing to properly focus and direct that light, much of it is going to end up as glare for oncoming drivers, rather than being thrown on the road where you need it to be in order to see better.

To get an idea of how nice H4 LEDs can look in your vehicle, check out the 2016 Toyota Tundra H4 Philips LED Review, one of many great Customer Reviews on our site. It features some great comparisons between the Philips H4s and the stock halogens, so you can really see the difference this type of upgrade can make for your visibility.

Now that we've gotten you all set up with some improved headlights - let's talk about your Fog Lights. The 2014-2018 Toyota Tundra uses an H16 halogen bulb for its Fog Lights. The H16 is a lower-wattage bulb, so the stock bulbs are definitely a little dim. But don't worry - we have several great options for getting an upgrade on your Fogs, depending on what exactly you are looking for:

  • H16 Xtreme LED Fog Light Kit - same technical specs as the H4 LED PRO kits listed above, and overall the brightest H16 LED upgrade we carry
  • H16 Xtreme LED CMB - 5000K (White) or 6000K (white/blue) - good for colour-matching, but more of a Cosmetic upgrade than a Functional one - these will be a bit brighter than stock halogens
  • H16 White 6000K Philips Fog Lights or H16 Yellow 2700K Philips LED Fog Lights - brighter than an H16 halogen bulb and available in two colours - it is worth noting that Yellow-er light cuts through the Fog better than anything else, so the Yellow Philips are a great choice even if they are not a large increase in Output

2007-2013 Toyota Tundra Forward Lighting

To kick off the Second Generation of production, the Toyota Tundra had its first lighting change since the pickup first entered the market. Brand new for 2007 was a new Forward Lighting setup that used H11 halogen bulbs for the Low Beams, 9005 halogen bulbs for the High Beams, and H10 bulbs for the Fog Lights. This is a very similar arrangement to what most other Toyota models are using today (although they usually go for H11 or H16 Fog Lights). The headlights being split into two separate bulbs meant that they could be a bit less similar to each other and the High Beam could be more powerful.

For starters, let's talk about the H11 halogen bulbs used in the 2007-2013 Toyota Tundra's Low Beams. H11 is a bulb very commonly used for Low Beams by many manufacturers, and you can see some technical specs for the H11 bulb below:

  • IEC Base type: PGJ19-2
  • Base type: Right Angle Prefocus, H11
  • Filaments: CC-8
  • H11 bulb length: 6.7cm
  • H11 bulb width: 1.08cm
  • Volts: 13.2
  • Amps: 4.17
  • Watts: 55W

H11 halogen bulbs are serviceable, but if you really want to get better use out of your headlights you should look at doing a conversion to either HID or LED. HID is by far the brighter of the two options but LED technology is getting better all the time and is much longer lasting. A good set of HID bulbs will have a lifespan of about 2000-3000 hours of active use, while a good set of LEDs can go 20000-50000 hours - they are basically designed to outlast your vehicle!

  • H11 HID Kit - more colour selections and brightest output - go with 4300K bulbs for the brightest, whitest, most OEM-HID look, but be aware that in a Reflector-style housing like the Tundras have, there is less control over the light scattering out on the road so these can be overwhelming
  • H11 LED Kit - crisp white 5500K light, 1750 lumens of light output (stable value after running for about an hour - brighter when first fired up) - these make a solid upgrade over the H11 halogen bulb without causing excessive glare for oncoming drivers

Now that your main driving headlights (your Low Beams) are taken care of, let's look at your 9005 High Beams. The 9005 bulb is very commonly used as a High Beam bulb (in fact, most Toyota vehicles use these nowadays), and they provide a sizable amount more light output than the H11s you find in your Low Beams. That being said, there is always room for improvement! You can see a few technical details about the 9005 halogen bulb below:

  • IEC Base type: P20d
  • Base type: Right Angle Prefocus, HB3
  • Filaments: C-8
  • 9005 bulb length: 7.8cm (3.07")
  • 9005 bulb width: 1.07cm (0.42")
  • Volts: 12.8
  • Amps: 5.08
  • Watts: 65

While we do carry 9005 HID Kits, we really do not recommend them for use in a High Beam application. Why? The answer is simple - all HID lighting goes through a warm-up when it is turned on. This is more noticeable from a cold start of the vehicle, but will always be present to some degree, and usually lasts about 10-30 seconds. The lights finish settling in to their final colour and intensity throughout this process, so if you need a quick flash of light (to signal another driver, or to let them you know you want to pass, for example), then HID lights will still be getting ready to present themselves when you really need them. We would recommend a 9005 LED Kit for an upgrade here - they fire up much more quickly (they are basically "instant-on"), and provide a nice output/colour upgrade over the yellow-ish stock halogen bulbs.

Last but not least, the 2007-2013 Tundras came equipped with H10 halogen bulbs in their front Fog Lights. H10s are a 45W halogen bulb, so you can safely install an HID kit if you would like to really crank up their output. We also have a great LED option if you are looking for a more Cosmetic type of upgrade:

  • H10 HID Kit - the brightest option - consider going with 3000K bulbs if you are looking to really carve through the fog and give the best visibility - yellow-er light performs best in the conditions your Fog Lights are designed to help with, and 3000K HIDs give HID Power with halogen-like colour
  • H10 LED CMBs - more of a Cosmetic change - these are designed with colour-matching in mind and are available in 5000K (neutral white, bordering on yellow portion of the colour spectrum) and 6000K (icy white, bordering on blue portion of the colour spectrum) - these are just a plug and play bulb, so the installation is also a bit simpler than going with a full-on conversion kit

Looking to replace other light bulbs, like interior/exterior lighting, Turn Signals, etc? Check out our Vehicle Lighting Guides by Model Year for a full listing of lamp replacement information for Second Generation Tundras:

The 2014 and newer Tundra Lighting Guides are broken down by sub-model, so you will need to check out the regular 'Tundra' listing for lighting elements common to all models.

First Generation - 2000-2006

2000-2006 Toyota Tundra Forward Lighting

The Toyota Tundra pickup truck was introduced in the North American market in 2000, and it had much in common with its predecessor, the Toyota T100, and Toyota's more compact pickup: the Tacoma. Their smaller size made them less of a threat to the domestic pickup truck market, and the Tundra has been here to stay ever since. The First Generation of production covers the 2000 Toyota Tundra through the 2006 Toyota Tundra, and there were no lighting changes throughout that range.

First Generation Toyota Tundras used H4 halogen bulbs for their Low and High Beams, just like the newest models do today. The H4 halogen bulb is a dual-filament bulb, which allows it to run both headlights from a single capsule. The Low Beam filament is rated for 55W and the High Beam filament is 60W, so it can put out a bit more power, as well as being positioned differently inside the glass, which allows it to give a different pattern of light from inside the housing.

You have a few different options if you are looking to upgrade your First Generation Tundra's H4 headlights:

In addition to the H4 headlights, all 2000 through 2006 Toyota Tundras also came equipped with front-facing Fog Lights that used 9006 halogen bulbs. 9006 bulbs are often used for Fog Lights, even for many vehicles today.

If you are looking to upgrade the Fog Lights on your Tundra, you can go with either HID or LED conversions, but we would recommend sticking to LED - Fog Light housings are always smaller than headlight housings, so you can end up with a lot of glare if you really drastically increase the brightness. Many Fog Lights also use low-wattage halogen bulbs, so putting an HID in there can be dangerous (melted housings are terrible!), but the 9006 Halogen bulb is a 55W bulb, so at least you do not need to worry about heat.

  • 9006 HID Kit - the brightest overall option, but increasing your output this much can be overkill, especially in Fog Lights
  • 9006 Xtreme LED PRO Kit - 1750 stable lumens (just like the other LED Kits referenced above), 5500K colour (crisp white light) - a great upgrade over stock without being overpowering
  • 9006 Xtreme LED CMBs - a Cosmetic upgrade option - not quite as bright as stock halogens, but much longer lasting; an easy plug and play install (just a bulb - no other components); and available in 5000K and 6000K for color-matching

For a full listing of lamp replacement information for First Generation Tundras, see our Vehicle Lighting Guides: