I searched but could only find people having issues with HID lights being dim. I found another thread on someone using an HID kit with poor focus.
Anyways, I just bought a used 2011 IS250 AWD a few weeks ago and found the halogen headlights to be very dim. The foreground lighting is almost non-existent.
The headlights are clean and are not hazed. The headlight alignment appears to be good. I assume the bulbs are the original. They are the yellowy colored ones. I checked it 10ft away from the wall. Usually only the bumper of the car ahead of me is lit up. The cutoff on the wall looks good.
The alternator appears to be working because the headlights get brighter when the engine is turned on with the headlights already on.
My wife's Benz with halogen reflectors (H7 55 W) are way bright. We used to have a 2007 Camry with halogen projects (with squirrel finders) which were brighter.
I'm just wondering if everyone who has halogen projector have the same issue, or is it just me.
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valeoray: Halogen bulbs do dim over time as well, it may be time for another set of halogen bulbs. Or if you want something that's even brighter, you can go with an HID kit which would be 2-3 times brighter than any standard halogen bulb.
To save on cost, I would recommend swapping the bulbs with a new set to see if that makes a difference. You should see a difference if you upgrade to the Philips CrystalVision Ultra Bulbs or the Osram Nightbreaker Plus Halogen Bulbs as they are rated to be brighter than the standard OEM halogen bulbs.
And if you think you still need more lighting you can always get an HID kit, they would be plug and play and you can take them out at any time.