Rear Hatch LED Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

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Rear Hatch & Cargo Area LED Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Lights - Final

Rear Hatch & Cargo Area LED Light Swap on 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner

  • Trunk or Cargo Area Light Bulb: DE3175

The rear hatch/ cargo/ trunk lights on our 4Runner are not very bright. If you are looking to increase the brightness of your hatch lights, you may want to swap them out with LEDs.

Beyond increasing the brightness, your color will change from yellow and dim orange to a crystal bright write color. The color of LEDs looks much better.

The rear hatch and trunk area is one of the most important areas to light up. We use our rear trunk for groceries, hauling the kid’s stuff, trips to Home Depot and so much more. When you are accessing the rear trunk at night with the factory lighting, it’s hard to see.

With new LED bulbs, it will light everything up.

Step 1 – LED Lights Before

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #1 - LED Lights Before

Step 2 – Pop Tab on Hatch Light

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #2 - Pop Tab on Hatch Light

Step 3 – A Better View of the Tab Inside

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #3 - A Better View of the Tab Inside

Step 4 – Pop Cover off Light Assembly

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #4 - Pop Cover off Light Assembly

Step 5 – Pull OEM Bulb Out

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #5 - Pull OEM Bulb Out

Step 6 – Install New Festoon Bulbs

Note: Festoon is a style of bulb. They are long and pill shaped. When you see one of these pill looking bulbs, it’s called a festoon bulb. You learn something new every day.

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #6 - Place New Bulb Between Metal Holders

Step 7 – Test LED Lights

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Light #7 - Test LED Lights

Rear Hatch & Cargo Final

Rear Hatch & Cargo 4Runner LED Lights - Final

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JC

Thinking about doing this next! Have to get some interior lights ASAP from our friends at Xenon Depot!

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Augie

Just swapped out rear hatch lights for the Sylvania DE3175 bulbs…don’t appear to be any brighter than the stock halogen lights. Going to return the bulbs and try the Phillips option you recommend.

Andrew
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So, I installed these in my ‘16 4Runner, and when set to “Door”, they put off a very dull glow when the hatch is shut. Do yours do the same? It’s only fixed by moving the switch to “Off”….

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Mr. Ed

Andrew, did you ever find the fix for this? My XD festoons worked fine in my 2016 4R Limited… I swapped them out to my 2018 4R TRD OR and now the are dim on DOOR mode but turn on bright in ON mode. Both rear hatch lights do this. My dome light works fine which was also a swap from my Limited when I traded her in.

Thanks in advance.

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Andrew

Mr. Ed, I did not find a fix for the dull glow when the door is shut. It has not caused any issues over the past 2 weeks, so I am not too concerned now. As for the issue you are describing, when I was installing mine in my TEP, after a certain amount of time with the hatch open and the selector in DOOR mode, the power will be cut to the lights. When switching from OFF to DOOR to ON, the lights would not illuminate in DOOR mode. To fix, simply close and reopen the door. I thought… Read more »

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Andrew, thanks for the info! My lights are working as designed since closing the rear door. I had stopped troubleshooting after the install and had closed the door without checking again until now. My lights also emit a dull glow when the door is closed and don’t seem to turn off at all when in DOOR mode. My guess is there is a slight amount of voltage occurring since the circuit is closed (active) in DOOR mode which is probably serving as a standby mode vs in the OFF mode where the circuit is open. I’m guessing this lower voltage… Read more »

jimmy
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jimmy

The brighter Philips 30mm festoon looks too thick to fit in the housing ?
no?

Bryson Hicks
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Bryson Hicks

Instead of using another festoon bulb I replaced the light with an LED panel. Substantially brighter and fit perfectly. I held the panel in place with a little hot glue.

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Kyle Jorgensen
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Kyle Jorgensen

Bryson Hicks posted the best light links, I bought them. 5 minute install and bright as can be.

Bryson Hicks
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Bryson Hicks

I ended up adding an LED strip to this as well. Super bright. I’ll be posting an article on it at some point.

Michael Whitney
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Michael Whitney

Just installed the DE3175’s in the hatch. White but not brighter. Put the OEM’s back in. The OEM’s are yellower but they illuminate more of the cargo space and I can see more details. I even compared side by side. Sorry, but that was a waste of money. I have a 2018 TRD Off Road. Specs are the same. Disappointing.

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