The Trucklites definitely put out more light than the stock lamps. However, they use faceted reflectors instead of projectors. For this reason they have a set of artifacts in the beam pattern which looks like edges or shadows. Some owners don't mind but others do. If you decide to go with these lights, which still not cheap, make sure you see a set in person. Otherwise, you may be very disappointed.
You already know stock headlights suck otherwise you wouldn't be inquiring about them. Yes, the Truck-Lites aren't cheap yet they are exponentially better than the stock headlights.
I value good lighting and took a gamble on them based on their reviews from these members. I'm not dissatisfied in the least. I got them on eBay for $374 a month after I bought my JKU. Worth every damn dime.
I installed the KC LED lights for about the same price as the Trucklites and they came with a 23 year warranty. They are simple to install and very WHITE as compared to the stock yellow. I am very happy with them.
Not sure what your budget is, but I bought the IPF H4 conversion kit for $190 from Quadratec and I upgraded my fog light bulbs to LED bulbs for $25. Probably not quite as good at the Truck Lites, but they were $200 less and much better than the stock lights.
DDM just came out with some much cheaper HID projector kits. I picked a set up last week and am going to retrofit them later this week. From what I've seen, projectors rule all of you can tackle the DIY aspect.
Trucklites. I have them and am completely satisfied. I used to have to run my fogs with stock set up and now my Trucklites are more than what i need. I did upgrade the fogs to Putco Led's just so the color was the same as the Trucklites.
With all the Truck Lite talk I figured I'd take some pictures with my new camera. I started with a 2012 that has stock lights and tried to make the image on the camera look like what I saw - then left the settings the same for the rest. Looking at the pics now I did an OK job, but none of the pictures do justice to any of the lights. In fact they seem to make the differece between the stock and truck lites greater (just my opinion but camera doesn't lie??). One thing to note on the distance of the low beams - I adjusted the Truck lites after installing, so what you see is partially due to my adjustments. Yours could be better or worse. If I get the pictures loaded in order correctly this is the list (sorry, not sure how to label inbetween photos)
Truck Lite Low
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Truck Lite Hi
Rigid 30deg 18W (inset in XHD bumber, maybe cutting off the spread)
Truck Lite Low with Rigid
Truck Lite Hi with Rigid
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