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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. These lights are great on 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) might be touched more than any other light. The factory bulbs are pretty dim, to say the least. That is why we are going to swap these out.

By going with LED bulbs over the factory bulbs, you will have a better looking whiter light. Not only will the light be a better color, it will also be brighter. The color and brightness of an LED bulb far surpass the output of a stock bulb.

There are plenty of options for interior lights bulbs, but when it comes to lighting, you never want to skimp. If you care about your 4Runner, grab a set of bulbs that are made to last, manufactured and backed by a quality name.

Whatever you decide to install, 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, this is exactly what you should buy. This should cover ever major interior light.

  • 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:

Map Lights Only

Step #1:  Turn off lights (bulbs are very hot)

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

Step #2:  Plastic Pry Tools

There are four tabs holding the 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.

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 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 lights is our way.

Step #4:  Create small “inside sticky” double sided roll

After a bit of “thinking”, this is what I came up with. The strategy makes removing the bulbs 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.

Map Light Replacement Swap (how to get the bulb out)

  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 bulbs SO EASY.

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.

Step #6: Insert New Bulb

Step #7: Test Light Bulb

Step #8: Pop Cover back on

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 bulb, you won’t have any problems. Now that I think about it, this process would have worked great on removing the 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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  • Wiley Brown

    Using tape to aid in removal of the map light bulbs is almost essential, but I had to use an additional step which others might find helpful. No matter how tightly I pressed the tape on the bulb, it would just slide off when I pulled it. After a dozen failed attempts, I left the tape on, with the lights on, for a couple of minutes to allow the heat to melt the adhesive. I then let the lights cool for a few minutes in order to create a strong bond before pulling the tape. The bulbs finally popped right out!

  • Dan

    Much easier to remove the 2 screws behind the Glasses holder and pop off the console cover from the front and rear– once removed, simply twist out the bulb sockets and replace the bulbs.
    If you use the tape method, as I did, stubborn or stuck bulbs may not come out or you stand the risk of pushing in the bulb socket into the console —

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