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somewhat "challenged" on this topic.

i just want to see is there a simple (ie no modification, no wiring, no mcgyver school of engineering) way to get brighter light (bulbs?)

you know it's bad when you have passengers comment that your turn signal flashes brighter than your headlights at night.

so basically, i just want a decent headlight. is this possible? if so, can someone be so kind to post a link to said product/vendor?

this may be the one area that i'm not happy with in regards to the truck as the headlights are dismal and seem 'cheap' for a 2014 $50K vehicle.
 

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I will be converting to projectors and HIDs due to knowing how much better over incandescent headlights they are. It will cost around $1000 but worth it to me.

I suggest looking into the silver star brand lights. They have some that don't last as long but are brighter than most factory bulbs. Any auto parts shop will be able to point you in the right direction.


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Now you just have to find the pesky tabs through the hole in the inner fender to get the headlights out after you pull the grille and the bolts on the front.
 

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jeffjcalweb do you have the regular Quad halogen headlights? That's what I have and also found the output lacking. I found that you can upgrade the bulbs to HIR bulbs. HIR1's in for the 9005 and H11's for the H9's

Hi Beam stock: 9005 1700 lumens, HIR1 2530 lumens so the High beams gain about 800 lumens

Not positive on the low beams but it's a dramatic improvement.
 

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I think the projector halogens are pretty darn good. I just came out of a Touareg Hybrid with some of the best HID's on the market, adaptive and had the best high beam curve of any HID system....and do not feel these are that much of a difference, other than appearance.

Now the standard non-projectors leave a lot of room for improvement, but I would take it you have the projectors if you stated the blinker is brighter, LOL
 

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I would be interested in brighter lights too. It is funny - when I have my turn signal on - can see if reflecting off signs miles away - but headlights - not so much. I have a Laramie - so I am assuming I have projectors? Not sure based on the posts above, which lightbulbs I should look at?
 

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I couldn't figure out what you all are complaining about until the other day when I passed a ram and noticed the candles in my rear view mirror. the ram had the little round light inside the lens and that was the one that was on. sure glad I don't have that light assembly on my big horn. my high beams light up the world.
 

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@daemon - i have a laramie and i think they are just the regular quad halogens - can you maybe post a link to a product page for what you are referring to?

@tupelo - lol that is EXACTLY what i think every time i put my turn signal on at night - they provide more light than the headlights.
 

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@daemon - i have a laramie and i think they are just the regular quad halogens - can you maybe post a link to a product page for what you are referring to?

@tupelo - lol that is EXACTLY what i think every time i put my turn signal on at night - they provide more light than the headlights.
If I was older, I could just drive around with my turn signal on....the eventual left/right turn.....
 

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ok i'm confused after reading. which lights are which, what are the ones with the round lights inside called , projectors or quad halogen ? mine have no round lights inside and seem to provide great light and I drive 120 miles at 3am.
 

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But the projects are aimed at the road! The turn signal lights are aimed everywhere. That's why you see the reflection...they are working and aimed properly. Not blinding you fellow drivers with super bright lights. There has been occasion when I have to put my hand up to block the F'in supoer bright. And this includes tail lights. No good having a light so bright oncoming or traffic behind you can't see. People steer towards what they look at so if your lights are bright and they look that way they also may go that way.
 

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ok, this is direct from Ram Trucks - Pickup Trucks, Work Trucks & Vans on the 2014 Laramie "information/build" tool:

"Premium Bifunctional Halogen Projector Headlamps"

So that's what I have...and they suck. Terrible. Perhaps the one thing I could complain about on an otherwise flawless truck.

This is a nice overview to help those of us who may not be "lighting engineers" to know what the F is what :)

Headlights: Explained.

here is the Sylvania Silverstar Bulb replacement for a 2013 Ram 1500 with projector H/L (i assume this will be the same for 2014 models, but when selecting 2014 year they only have Ford listed. crappy website).

Lamp Replacement Guide View All Bulbs

At that point, we seem to be screwed because there is no "low beam headlight" replacement listed - and this is the specific problem i want to improve - low beam light is really awful. i am ok with the high beam.

So looking at the "HIR" bulbs as suggested by daemon, i find this:
HIR replacement bulbs

Assuming the part "9012" is universally correct (that was listed on the Sylvania page as well for the "low beam") the HIR replacement bulb is (again ty daemon for providing the info):
Philips 9012 (HIR2) 55W bulbs

i hope to hell i'm following this crap correctly. whatever happened to just a damn headlamp in a box from Sears (where i worked for 10+ years in the auto center, selling those same headlamps).
if i am following this crap correctly, and i purchase a pair of the HIR2 bulbs, then it is a matter of just replacing the OEM bulbs and whatever that entails to actually get to them...right?

holy hell Ram, you couldn't have just put in a freaking decent bulb to begin with? ugh.
 

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But the projects are aimed at the road! The turn signal lights are aimed everywhere. That's why you see the reflection...they are working and aimed properly. Not blinding you fellow drivers with super bright lights. There has been occasion when I have to put my hand up to block the F'in supoer bright. And this includes tail lights. No good having a light so bright oncoming or traffic behind you can't see. People steer towards what they look at so if your lights are bright and they look that way they also may go that way.
They probably are aimed a the road. But the Low Beams give off horrible light. High's are great. I know what you mean about blinding lights, which is not what I want.
 

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Assuming the part "9012" is universally correct (that was listed on the Sylvania page as well for the "low beam") the HIR replacement bulb is (again ty daemon for providing the info):
Philips 9012 (HIR2) 55W bulbs

i hope to hell i'm following this crap correctly. whatever happened to just a damn headlamp in a box from Sears (where i worked for 10+ years in the auto center, selling those same headlamps).
if i am following this crap correctly, and i purchase a pair of the HIR2 bulbs, then it is a matter of just replacing the OEM bulbs and whatever that entails to actually get to them...right?

holy hell Ram, you couldn't have just put in a freaking decent bulb to begin with? ugh.
I have changed my headlights to HID's. When I pulled the factory low beams out I noticed they are HIR2 9012 55w Phillips bulbs. So from what I can guess you'd be wasting money and time putting them in. I went with a HID kit in the lows and put in ultra silverstars in the highs and fog lamps. Happy with the light output now but am debating putting HID's in the fogs as well.
 

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I have changed my headlights to HID's. When I pulled the factory low beams out I noticed they are HIR2 9012 55w Phillips bulbs. So from what I can guess you'd be wasting money and time putting them in. I went with a HID kit in the lows and put in ultra silverstars in the highs and fog lamps. Happy with the light output now but am debating putting HID's in the fogs as well.
well sure glad someone already did this lol ... ty! i'll look at the HID kits i guess.
 

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well sure glad someone already did this lol ... ty! i'll look at the HID kits i guess.
Luckily I had decided to do HID's right away. I just recall looking at the stock bulbs thinking... hmmm 55w shouldn't be that bad... and then was happy I went with HID's when I saw the end result. They are not overly hard to do, if your at all handy doing house hold work like plumbing and what not you can handle this. It's very simple if you get the Canbus adapter so you don't even have to wire in new relays. Just plug it all in and your good to go.
 
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