Map Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

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LED Map Lights (Bulb Replacement) 5th Gen 4Runner

LED Map Lights (Bulb Replacement) 5th Gen 4Runner

LED Map Light Swap and Bulb Number (194) on 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner

The map lights might be the single most important interior light bulb on your 5th Gen 4Runner. We use our map lights throughout the winter when the days become shorter and there is less light on our side. The map lights on the 4Runner are great for off-road trails at night, in the grocery store parking lot at night and every other situation when the light is non-existent.

Map lights (directly above your center dash) have to be touched more than any other light in the 4Runner. The lights that Toyota equips our 4Runners with is pretty dim, to say the least. That is why we are going to swap these out with some aftermarket 4Runner LED bulbs.

By going with LED bulbs over the factory Toyota headlights, you will absolutely throw off a better looking whiter light. Not only will the light be a better color, it will also be much brighter. The color and brightness of an LED bulb far surpass the output of a stock bulb. This is why so many 5th Gen 4Runner owners swap out there interior lights and exterior lights with LED lights.

If you are looking at swapping out your headlights and fog lights with LEDs, you will find a complete overview of 5th Gen 4Runner Headlights and Foglights here. After you complete the full LED swap on your 4Runner, you will be able to drive safer, see better and have a much better-looking 4Runner all around.

There are plenty of options for 5th Gen 4Runner interior lights bulbs, but when it comes to lighting, you never want to skimp. If you care about your 4Runner at all, you will grab a set of LED bulbs that are made to last manufactured and backed by a quality name. Whatever you decide to install in your 4Runner, just make sure it’s quality.


4Runner LED Bulbs - Map Lights 5th Gen 4Runner

If you are looking to buy an interior light bulb kit for your 4Runner, this is exactly what you should buy. This should cover ever major light inside your 4Runner.

  • Map Lights (top front lights): (x2 bulbs)
  • Interior Door Courtesy: (x4 bulbs)
  • Dome: (x1 bulbs)
  • Rear Door aks Rear Hatch: (x2 bulbs)
  • Vanity aka Visor Light: (x2 bulbs)

Total Interior Lights you need to buy:

4Runner Map Lights Only

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #1:  Turn off lights (bulbs are very hot)

Start by turning off your map lights. These bulbs can get incredibly hot. Turn off your map lights and let them cool off for about 5 minutes.

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #2:  Plastic Pry Tools

There are four tabs holding the map light cover in place. Start by popping off the edge of the light cover with your plastic pry tools. These plastic pry tools are probably the most used tool on the 4Runner these days. They help for almost every mod out there. After your first two tabs pop off, you can easily pop the other two tabs off.

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #3:  Large Scotch Tape

You will WANT this tape. You can probably get away with a smaller roll of scotch tape, but the larger tape helps a lot when it comes to removing the 4Runner map light bulb. I have seen other videos out there of people using tape to get the bulb out. But, I think the best way to remove the map lights is our way.

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #4:  Create small “inside” double sided roll

After a bit of “thinking”, this is what I came up with. The strategy makes removing the map lights on the 4Runner incredibly easy. With your large scotch tape, make a cylinder with the tape. You want the sticky side of the tape on the inside. Check out our little step by step below and in the image above.

4Runner Map Light Replacement Swap (how to get the map lights out of a 4Runner)

  1. Make an enclosed circle with your tape.
  2. Surround the tape around the bulb.
  3. Firmly press the tape to the bulb.
  4. Twist the tape to tighten the tape around the bulb.
  5. Pull straight down.
  6. The bulb will pop right out – DONE!

This process makes removing the map light bulbs SO EASY.

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #5: Pull straight down (bulb out)

This is what you should see when you pull the bulb out. You can see the tape stuck to the bulb.

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #6: Insert New Bulb

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #7: Test Light Bulb

4Runner Map Light Mod – Step #8: Pop Cover back on

4Runner Map Light Upgrade Overview

The only difficult part of this process is pulling your OEM bulb out. If you follow our step by step instructions above on removing the map light bulb, you won’t have any problems. Now that I think about it, this process would have worked great on removing the 4Runner vanity lights as well. Those lights were in there pretty tight also.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below. If you are running these LED lights and have had a good or bad experience, please comment below on your experience. Thanks, everyone!

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