Toyota Tacoma Replacement Lighting Guide

 

Lets face it, the factory halogen lighting from Toyota leaves a lot to be desired. It will do the job for those daily driving in the city, but does cut it in low-light conditions such as driving offroad or in poor weather. Here at MRT Motorsports, we believe that upgrading your lighting is one of the best, most beneficial and usable upgrades you can do. With our proven lighting systems below you will increase your nighttime visibility and lighting range; improving the safety of the truck, reducing nighttime eye fatigue all while improving the aesthetics and look!

We have compiled some of our favorite lighting upgrades for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd gen Toyota Tacoma as well as included a replacement bulb guide at the bottom of this article to help you determine which bulbs you’ll need to upgrade your ride.

1996 – 2004 Toyota Tacoma

The first gen Tacoma is a favorite among offroaders and lowered truck enthusiasts alike. Its tough build quality and aftermarket support mean its a truck that will be the center of many future builds to come. The factory halogen H4 headlights are quite weak and near the end of their life can put out less than a quarter of what some of our LED & HID headlight upgrades will. We have also included our favorite aftermarket LED mounts that will provide an easy install of LED light bars and auxiliary lightning.

CBI Offroad Ditch Light Brackets w/ Vision X Light Cannons
The CBI 1st Generation Toyota Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets give you the ability to run aftermarket lights on the hood of your truck. If you want forward facing light, a narrow spot beam is the most effective as it wont reflect much light off the hood like a driving or combo beam would. The Vision X 4.5″ Light Cannon is the perfect size for this position, looks great and has a 10deg beam to keep light going about 1000ft downrange and off the hood. They come powder coated in a textured black finish and are easy to install.
1st Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets – $59 Delivered
1st Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets w/ Vision X Light Cannon – $380 Delivered

GG Lighting 50″ Curved LED Light Bar Roof Mounts
The 100% Made in America GG Lighting roof mount brackets are a solid way to mount a 50″ curved LED light bar to the roof of your first generation Tacoma. They are Baja tested & approved and will help you get a massive amount of light downrange. They will not fit Rigid RDS Series 2-post light bars, but do great with any of the options we’ve listed below. All of the lights we offer carry a lifetime warranty so feel free to beat on them!
95-04 Tacoma Curved 50″ LED Light Bar Roof Mounts – $139
50″ Baja Designs Onx6 ARC
50″ Bulldog LED Curved Bar
50″ KC HiLites PRO6 Light Bar
50″ Lifetime LED Curved Bar

Lifetime LED Headlight Bulbs

Lifetime LED Headlight Bulbs – Up to 300% More Light over Stock!

96-99 Tacoma Light Bulb Sizes
Low Beam / High Beam Headlamp: Lifetime LED 9003
Parking Light Bulb: 168
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb: 1156
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb: 1156
Stop Light Bulb: 1157
High Mount Stop Light Bulb: 168
License Plate Light Bulb: 194
Back Up Light Bulb: 1156
Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 168
Glove Box Light Bulb: 74
Cargo Area Light Bulb: DE3022
Instrument Light Bulb: 194

00-04 Tacoma Light Bulb Sizes
Low Beam / High Beam Headlamp: Lifetime LED 9003
Back Up Light Bulb: 921
Brake Light Bulb: 1157
Center High Mount Stop Light: 168
Courtesy Light Bulb: DE3022
Instrument Light Bulb: 194
License Light Bulb: 194
Parking Light Bulb: 4157NA
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear: 1156
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front: 4157NA
Side Marker Light Bulb Front: 168
Tail Light Bulb: 1157

2005 – 2015 Toyota Tacoma

The second generation Tacoma is the most popular with more units on the road than any other Toyota Truck model. It suffers the same problem as its older brother, with poor quality factory lighting. The aftermarket has embraced this model even more and the amount of upgrades available is overwhelming, to help cut down on the confusion we have selected a few of the best & most popular options out there.

Tacoma Fog Light Upgrades
One of the most popular upgrades to perform on the Tacoma is to replace the somewhat worthless factory fog lights with replacement LED bulbs or an even more powerful foglight retrofit from Rigid Industries or Baja Designs. The quickest & least expensive upgrade you can make is to install a replacement LED bulb into the fog position. The 05-11 Tacoma uses an H10/9145 fog bulb, and the 12-14 truck uses an H11/H16 bulb. We offer a few brands, but the most popular is the Lifetime LED Superbright Bulbs which have a lifetime warranty. These are much higher quality, higher output units compared to the crap on Ebay. If you are looking for an amber fog option which is great for those who live in places with poor weather or foggy conditions then the PIAA Amber LED in H10/9145 or H11/H16 is your best bet!

Looking for even more foglight firepower? Then you need to check out the offerings from Rigid Industries & Baja Designs.

Pictured below is the Rigid Industries SAE/DOT Legal Fog Light Kit. When you buy from MRT Motorsports direct we include a plug and play foglight harness that will allow for a no-splicing, no-cutting install that works off the factory fog harness & switch. These fog lights meet SAE/DOT standard and have a sharper cut off than most LED cubes allowing you to run them on the road with no fear of blinding oncoming drivers. This kit has been our most popular since it has come out!
2005-11 Tacoma DOT Legal Rigid Industries Plug & Play Fog Light Kit

Not to be outdone, Baja Designs has released a Plug & Play System for the 05-11 Tacoma that will replace the weak factory units with either a Squadron Sport or Squadron Pro LED Light. If you plan to run them on the street, we highly suggest that you go with the less powerful Squadron-R Sport lights as the Pros are almost too bright for on-road use.
05-11 Tacoma Baja Designs Fog Pocket Brackets – $59.95
05-11 Tacoma Baja Designs Plug & Play Fog Pocket Kit w/ Squadron-R Sport (White) Lights – $289.99
05-11 Tacoma Baja Designs Plug & Play Fog Pocket Kit w/ Squadron-R Sport (Amber) Lights – $299.99

CBI Offroad Ditch Light Brackets w/ Vision X Light Cannons
The CBI 2nd Generation Toyota Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets give you the ability to run aftermarket lights on the hood of your truck. If you want forward facing light, a narrow spot beam is the most effective as it wont reflect much light off the hood like a driving or combo beam would. The Vision X 4.5″ Light Cannon is the perfect size for this position, looks great and has a 10deg beam to keep light going about 1000ft downrange and off the hood. They come powder coated in a textured black finish and are easy to install.
2nd Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets – $59 Delivered
2nd Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets w/ Vision X Light Cannon – $380 Delivered

05-11 Tacoma Bulb Sizes

12-15 Tacoma Bulb Sizes

 

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