Courtesy Door Lights LED Swap (Step by Step Guide) on 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner
The courtesy door lights are pretty straight-forward. There are plenty of companies that make aftermarket bulbs for this application but when it comes to lighting, you always want the best.
The factory bulbs will more than likely last forever, but these bulbs will provide a much better, brighter white color.
There are hundreds of Amazon and eBay sellers out there who are selling absolute garbage in the lighting department. The last thing you want is for a bulb to burn out after 2 weeks. Just do yourself a favor and get something quality. You will likely have it forever and never have to install or swap a bulb again.
If you are running aftermarket LED headlights, matching your interior lights will add a pretty good look.
Bulb Number & Quantity
- Bulb: 168 (Quantity x4)
- Recommended for 4Runner (Buy 4 Bulbs): Check Today’s Price
- Small Flathead Screwdriver
- OR Plastic Pry Tools
This is a great little mod that can be done in under 30 minutes.
This LED swap can be done by simply popping out the OEM housing, removing the internal plastic housing and swapping in the new bulbs. That’s it! Below are some shots and process.
Step #1: Pop out OEM Housing
If you have a set of plastic pry tools, use those. You can use a small flathead screwdriver but it’s always safe to use plastic pry tools.
I left my set of pry tools at the Snail Trail 4×4 shop. So, I was stuck using this flathead. It worked fine. I had no issue with using a small flathead.
Nothing got scratched or scuffed. This is a pretty simple step, just pop off the light housing and pull it out.
Step #2: Pull Housing/ Unplug Wire Harness
Pull out the harness and unplug the wiring.
There is a small tab that is holding the wire harness to the light assembly. You can use your small flathead screwdriver or your pry tool to pop this tab loose. This will free the wire harness from the assembly.
Step #3: Push Light Assembly Loose
I messed around with this top grey piece for a second before I got it. At first, I was trying to pop tabs all over it.
All you have to do is push the back end of the grey part with your thumb. It will pop right off.
You have to push it pretty hard.
Step #4: Pop Second Bracket on Light Assembly
You will need to pop the bracket using a small flathead or your pry tools.
After you pop these tabs a little bit, you can wiggle this whole assembly until it comes off.
Step #5: Pull Out OEM Bulb
After the top grey bracket is off, you can remove the OEM bulb.
Step #6: Swap in New LED Bulb
Plug in the new LED bulb
Step #7: Test New LED Bulb
If you test your light and it does not work, just flip the light around and plug it in the other way. There is a positive and negative on these bulbs.
There is a little red dot on the positive side but nothing on the OEM housing that shows you positive or negative. Just make sure you test your bulbs before you button everything up.
Step #8: Snap the second bracket back on
Snap the second bracket back onto the light housing.
Step #9: Snap Bracket onto Light Cover
The two tabs in the back on the bottom lock right into place. Then you lower the front and push the whole assembly back into place. It will snap and lock into place.
Courtesy Door Lights 4Runner (LED Swap – Before and After)