Application Chart
2006 – 2009 .... Low Beam: H11, High Beam: 9005, Fog Light: 9006
2003 – 2005 .... Low Beam: 9006, High Beam: 9005, Fog Light: 9006

9005 & 9006 HIR Headlight Bulbs
Want to get great illumination without extra heat, wiring upgrades, relays, transformers, and blue tint? Want to SEE better at night instead of HEARING a bunch of dubious chatter about xenon-filled, over-wattage, blue-tinted bling-bling bulbs that are supposedly "just like HIDs"? Want a bulb that maintains the correct filament placement for a perfect light pattern, instead of causing glare and scattered, diffused light? Want to save hundreds of dollars over the cost of retrofitting an illegal, bootleg HID system? Then you want these Halogen Infrared Reflecting bulbs.

These Philips (formally mfg. by Toshiba) bulbs are a unique product, the only bulbs available known to use the research technology that General Electric patented in 2000 (patent number 6,087,775). GE sells HIR bulbs for commercial lighting and specialized applications, but decided to stay out of the automotive market and licensed this technology to a division of Toshiba. These are Toshiba bulbs, brand new, never used, factory direct. In fact, Toshiba and GE are among the few companies in the world with the expertise to engineer and build this product. These bulbs attain light levels 75% to 137% brighter than stock as a result of an engineering process that deposits multiple, yet almost invisible, layers of semi-reflective coating on the surface of a specially shaped and focused quartz bulb. This coating reflects a portion of the infrared energy emitted by the filament back onto the filament, causing it to glow brighter and emit more light from the uncoated forward portion of the bulb. Although the filament gets hotter, the glass does not. IT GENERATES NO MORE HEAT THAN A REGULAR HALOGEN BULB, AND IT DRAWS THE SAME WATTAGE AND AMPERAGE AS THE STOCK 9005 OR 9006 BULB IT CAN REPLACE.

The mechanical dimensions of the bulb are all virtually identical to the 9005 and 9006 bulbs, but the bulb glass is spherical instead of tubular, with the sphere centered around the filament. Bulbs must be trimmed to fit, instructions included.

Here's the comparison:
Low beam factory bulb: 9006 12.8V, 55W, 1000 lumens, 875 hours
Low beam new HIR: HIR2/9012(9006) 12.8V, 55W, 1875 lumens, 875 hours

High beam factory bulb: 9005 12.8V, 65W, 1700 lumens, 320 hours
High beam new HIR: HIR1/9011(9005) 12.8V, 65W, 2530 lumens, 320 hours

These bulbs produce white light, rated at 3600 Kelvin color temperature, slightly whiter than the 3250K stock halogen bulbs. They do not attempt to imitate the bluish appearance of HID (High Intensity Discharge, or Xenon) bulbs. The blue halo of original-equipment HIDs comes from the high voltage arc of energy between electrodes, which emits a minor amount of long-wave UV light. Putting a blue coating on a regular bulb actually reduces light output.

So you're looking at nearly 88% more light from the low beams and 49% more from the high beams. The beam pattern will not change, but there will be considerably more light within the beam pattern.

H-11 Headlight Bulbs
Philips X-treme Vision +100 bulb puts up to 100% more precision-focused light on the road ahead and up to 114 feet further down the road than standard bulbs, while maintaining the stock 55 watts. The crystal-clear bulb glass in the primary optical zone offers maximum output and the patented blue-tinted peripheral glass gives 10% whiter light without the reduced intensity common to other extra-white bulbs. The ideal bulb for drivers who want to drive with more light for greater safety. DOT and ECE compliant.

Note: Due to the ultra high light output of these bulbs, they have a shorter lifespan then stock bulbs. This bulb has the best available output from a standard-wattage H11 bulb and has an accordingly short lifespan (no free lunch). The law of diminishing returns applies here: there is a significant improvement in beam performance when going from a stock bulb to a +100, you pay for this in shorter lifespan…but isn’t your safety worth it?

9006 Fog Lamp Bulbs
We HIGHLY recommend the Narva Contrast+ bulb in fog light applications. The Narva Contrast+ provides the perfect solution in rain, fog and snow conditions. The special coating filters out some of the blue light spectrum allowing better vision in poor conditions. The bulb offers more intense contrast and sharpness of detail. The effect is well known to skiers. The filter is comparable to the use of ski glasses in that it improves contrast and sharpness. DOT and ECE compliant. Made in Germany. This bulb is often referred to as “Selective-Yellow.”

What is Selective-Yellow Light? It's what happens when you subtract blue from the output of a lamp producing white (all colors) light. So, what explains the persistent subjective preference amongst experienced poor-weather drivers for yellow fog lamps, despite decades of white fog lamp prevalence? Selective-yellow light can improve a driver's ability to see in fog or rain or snow, but not because it 'penetrates fog better' or 'reflects less off droplets' as is commonly thought. That effect is known as Rayleigh Scattering, and is why the sky appears blue. However, it occurs only when the droplet size is equal or smaller than the wavelength of the light, which is certainly not the case with ordinary fog, rain or snow. Roadway fog droplets are several orders of magnitude larger than visible light wavelengths—no Rayleigh Scattering.

So, why do selective-yellow fog lamps work better? It's the way the human eye interacts with different colors of light. Blue and violet are very difficult for the human optical system to process correctly. They are the shortest visible wavelengths and tend to focus in front of our eyes' retina, rather than upon it. Blue also is a very difficult color of light to look at if it is at all stimulates the reaction we call "glare". So, filtering the blue out of the spectrum lightens the optical workload and reduces glare. For more in-depth discussion of the matter, see Bullough & Rea's excellent study on the topic.
Want brighter headlights in your 2003 - 2009 4rd Gen 4Runner?
9005/HIR1/9011 Halogen Infared Reflecting bulbs, $50.00 pair
9006/HIR2/9012 Halogen Infared Reflecting bulbs, $50.00 pair
H11 Philips X-treme Vision +100 bulbs, $45.00 pair
9006 Narva Contrast+ bulbs, $45.00 pair

Bulbs can be ordered on our Bulbs page.