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PIAA LP530 LED SAE Driving Light Kit For OEM Location

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Backslider, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Dec 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM
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    Backslider

    Backslider [OP] Thirsty...

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    I ordered these lights directly from the seller via this thread with the understanding that I would be refunded the purchase price after posting a review

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/pia...for-oem-location-free-offer.9288/#post-146865

    These lights arrived very quickly and were packaged well. The actual product packaging was well thought out and offered good protection to it's contents (I'm an engineer for a company that builds box-making robots so this is important to me). My first impression was that these driving lights looked to be well made and were aesthetically pleasing as well. Despite a disclaimer in the offer thread stating that no lens covers would be included, mine came with lens covers. This is a bonus for me as I did not mount these in the OEM bumper and was planning on buying them anyway.

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    These are not a plug-and-play option, but do come with all the wiring and a basic switch for installation. All wire ends are terminated with bullet style connectors. If you were replacing the fog lights in the factory bumper you could get an h16 or h11 male end and re-terminate these wires to use the factory socket. You could also use any other safe method to splice these in to the factory wires.

    I installed these on an after market bumper and was happy to have the wiring and switch included. The switch is a very basic toggle switch with a small red light to indicate when it's turned on. I will later be replacing the switch when I relocate all of my lighting switches to the center console, but for now this will do nicely. The lights also come the traditional mounting brackets, a bracket for mounting to the stock 14-17 Tundra bumper, springs and leveling screws, and a 2a fusible link. While I did not mount these to a stock bumper I do have experience doing so and the brackets and leveling method will absolutely work. You will definitely be able to install these from the front of the truck without removing the wheel-well fender liners.

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    My install was a little more difficult that simply swapping these out with the factory lights. In many ways wiring an independent switch is preferable to a simple swap because you can now use these fogs independently of the factory lights without needing to make any modifications. I personally would recommend installing with a switch but that is of course up to you.

    After mounting the lights I was very happy with the styling and looks. I realize this is a different application than many would do, but these lights look great when mounted outside of the enclosure.

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    After the sun finally went down I went for a drive to level them out and test.

    I found the beam pattern to be comparable to the stock fog lights, but the light output and color was much better. In this picture I deliberately adjusted the leveling so you could see the output of each individual light. This was from approximately 25' away.

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    I then leveled to what I felt was appropriate - I later learned these were a little low and center-focused. I adjusted accordingly but did not get additional pictures on the wall.

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    The product page doesn't specify a color temperature, but these are 6000k or very near. They provide a very clean, true white light.

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    I feel the light output and beam width are right on target for lights that can be on during normal driving on-road. In my case these lights are mounted close together so my beam pattern will look a bit narrower than if they were mounted in the factory bumper. Tomorrow I will mess around with aiming them out a bit but I don't want it to be too extreme and look ridiculous.

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    With headlights on:

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    Overall I am very pleased with these lights. I feel they would provide a better beam pattern in the factory bumper but even with my application I think they can be adjusted to the point where they will be very effective. They have a nice flat and wide beam, so being close to the ground and a little further apart would make a huge difference. I cannot speak for their longevity, but the construction quality seemed to be very good and the waterproofing looks like it should be effective. I do feel like $300 might be a bit steep, but I am a notorious bargain-hunter. If these withstand the hot summers and wet, salty Utah winters they are worth every penny.

    These can be purchase at the following link:

    http://www.automatcentral.com/PIAA-LED-TundraLampKit.html

    I will update further as time passes if anything important comes up.
     

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  2. Dec 30, 2016 at 6:36 AM
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    Sixpack

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    Nice write up, well done...
     
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  3. Dec 30, 2016 at 10:18 AM
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    - Bull Bar - LED Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards - Headlight leveling retrofit - P3 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall - Bilstein 5100 x4, top setting with 2 shims per side - Coach builder +2 rear shackles w/carrier bearing drop - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock - Remote Tailgate mod - LED Headlights - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit - 25% front tint - Bizon electric tonneau cover - Power folding tow mirror upgrade - 2010+ leveling Headlight mod - Auto-fold mirror mod. - one-touch lane changer mod - Flash to open garage opener mod - Rigid H/L fog light upgrade - Pushbutton / Remote start mod.
    Nice write up. Its such a joy to read a light-review where on-road pictures are provided.

    Note to others: If you don't show the on-road beam-pattern, you haven't posted a review.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2016 at 6:50 PM
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    I just posted up my review....your output looks a lot more white than mine - mines more blue hued.
     
  5. Dec 31, 2016 at 6:30 AM
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    Fyi there is a color temp for these listed on PIAAs website, 6k.

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