what replacement bulb for 2005 factory HID?

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  1. LKasdorf

    LKasdorf Junior Member

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    I'd really like to just order the bulb, and have it in hand before I tear into the back of the headlight. It looks like a pain.

    Can I assume that a standard Philips 85126C1 Standard Authentic Xenon HID Headlight Bulb (D2R) is the right thing? I just got the car a couple days ago. I've read so many discussions on HID's and I've never owned a car with HID, and I'm confused.

    Obviously the best thing is to get the old bulb and order the same, but these are factory HID lights so, it should be documented? Hey- maybe I'll look in the owners manual!
     
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    You'll save money in the long run, as well as way less of a nuisance to sensitive eyes who have to deal with your overly bright lights, if you convert back to standard bulbs that only cost $12 and last way longer: Replacing HID Headlight Assemblies with Halogen? Has anyone successfully done this | PriusChat
     
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    Yeah- I can see the appeal of going back to tried and true. But if I wanted to yank out the existing reflectors and get replacements for halogens, I'd rather go with LEDs. They seems to be getting quite affordable now.
    For now, I just need to get this thing driveable for the low effort and cost.
    That philips bulb is about $50 at Amazon.
     
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    I do not think this is good advice. Stock HID headlights are DOT certified, I assume, if they were sold in this country. As such they should not cause problems for oncoming traffic. Stock halogen housings with $12 bulbs in them do not provide very good lighting, to the point of being dangerous. That was the case for me. In my 50's my night vision is not as good as it used to be and I live in countryside where there are lots of unlit roads. I had very difficult time with stock halogens on the Prius (and other cars, Prius is not unique on this). I finally bought $55 dollar PIAA halogen bulbs to replace the cheap $12 ones and those actually worked very well, but only lasted one year. At that price I was not replacing them with the same thing, so I retrofitted my halogens with HID projectors and the results are very good. If I had a stock HID setup, and it worked well I would certainly keep them. I have never experienced stock gen 2 HID headlights, so don't know how well they work, but assume they are better than halogens. I believe the HID replacement bulbs are around $15 for a pair and should last a while. If the ballasts go, then I would replace with aftermarket ballasts. I think all this will be less expensive than well-working halogens ($55/year).
     
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    There's a fine line between getting older and needing brighter headlights versus being blinded to the point of safety hazard because many of us in our 50's still have good night vision, at least until the next jerk with overly-bright headlights temporarily blinds our night vision. And please don't use the never ending stupid about how headlights aren't blinding if they're properly adjust because that would only be true on perfectly flat ground and cars don't driver on flat ground, which means if you're going up a hill they're higher than "properly adjusted."

    This is a classic US personality disorder where more powerful is always better and what benefits me so much makes me not care in the slightest of how it affects others. As for living in the countryside, that's the whole reason you have low beams and high beams... But true to your patriotic ways you'd rather have high beams on all the time and super high beams for when there's no oncoming traffic. So sick of how dangerous and selfish overly bright headlights are!
     
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    If you have HID headlights those are the ones. Make sure you get the Phillips ones with the QR code on them. Then you can verify they are real. They sell them at Home Depot for about 2 dollars more than Amazon so no need to pre order them.
     
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    Wow! That was an uncalled for tirade. FYI, I do not have super-bright headlights and as I stated above, the stock Toyota HID headlights are DOT approved and they are much brighter than halogen. So I am not sure what your issue is with OP who just wants to replace a dead bulb in his stock DOT approved headlight.

    Most new cars made today come with projector HID or projector LED headlights. And yes, at just the right angle on a slope they can blind as could the old halogens, but that is something we have all been living with since there were headlights.

    As for proper aiming, you are incorrect. Properly aimed lights do work better for all involved. They divert most of the light to the right part of the road, away from oncoming traffic and down. Down, as you pointed out sometimes is not effective (on slopes), but it's the best we can do. Properly aimed projectors (as opposed to reflectors) do put the light in a good pattern and allow for a very sharp cutoff line to prevent blinding people from behind in the rear view mirror. This was not the case with old school halogen reflectors.

    I think (but I may be mistaken) your issue is with people who install HID bulbs into halogen fixtures and that indeed is a disaster. I bought my '07 Prius with such a setup. That was horrible and I got rid of it almost immediately in favor of PIAA halogen bulbs. Unfortunately PIAA bulbs died in about 12 months and cost $55/pair, which is not reasonable. This is why I retrofitted my Prius with projectors and HID lamps. They work much better, much more kind to the oncoming traffic than halogens (I have yet to receive a single complain flash from oncoming traffic) and cars in front of me never see direct light from my car as there is a sharp cutoff line that is usually at a level of a licence plate of a car in front. They are aimed down, the cutoff has a lower line on the left than on the right. This stuff has been around for a while and works well. It would behoove you to learn about it before flying off the handle and attacking the character of the entire nation.
     
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    Hi LKasdorf...
    Always buy in pairs...That model Philips 85126C1 Standard Authentic Xenon HID Headlight Bulb (D2R) is for 2005 prius w/Hid. If you go the amazon prime route make sure it sold only by "Amazon" and not any third parties. Also note Amazon sales per bulb/each add two qty to cart. Than you can verify coa phillips site. Where I get my bulbs and suggest is Philips 85126C1 D2R sold in pairs at the retrofit source. They have great customer service and authentic philips bulbs. hope this helps



     
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