Upgrading your 4Runners Interior Lighting with VLEDS
VLEDS Complete Interior Light Kit – 5th Gen 4Runner Interior LED light Conversion kit
Upgrading the interior and exterior lights on the 4Runner is pretty common.
The factory incandescent bulbs lack high-quality light output and the yellowish-orange hue doesn’t help much with increased visibility. When you need to light up the cabin or the rear cargo area, having dependable lighting is very important.
For our first set of interior LEDs, we did an interior LED light swap with Sylvania Bulbs and although they are good bulbs, and would more than likely last about 50X longer than our factory bulbs, they were not bright enough for us.
After doing some deep research on LED companies, I chose VLEDS.
There are many great in-depth reviews in forums on multiple platforms, and they also had outstanding reviews on Amazon. The design of their newest edition bulbs looked well-built, durable, and optics unlike any other on the market.
Compared to the 6000k (bluish-white) Sylvania Bulbs we had installed before, VLEDS clearly outshined in all areas, pun intended. I knew they were going to produce better light output but was unsure of the real in-person experience.
From the maps to the hatch, VLEDS produced a higher quality light output and increased visibility. This interior light kit is offered in 5000k, and 6000k color, and for those who are unfamiliar the ‘k’ stands for Kelvin.
This Kelvin color is heavily debated and true color varies from company to company.
General Kelvin Color Meanings
- 5000k: Pure White
- 6000k: Blueish-White
We choose 5000k bulb (warm pure white) VLEDS rather than the 6000k bulbs (colder bluish-white) we had in the Sylvania Bulbs. I don’t have anything against 6000k bulbs, I just wanted to go a new direction to fully test, see and experience the difference from a day-to-day perspective.
It really comes down to what color you like more, and if you are possibly looking to color match your headlights.
It’s nice to know that VLEDS also offers 5500k color options in a few of their bulbs as well.
Whatever color you decide, just know that you are getting a well-built, well-designed, quality interior LED light kit with VLEDS.
Interior LED light kit for the 5th Gen 4Runner?
Very few companies make an actual interior LED kit for the 4Runner or any platform for that matter. If you are looking for a kit, you just need to piece together the light bulb numbers on your own.
With the help of VLEDS ‘select year, make and model’ on their website, we have pieced together an interior LED kit that works for our 5th Gen 4Runner.
We also added a couple of the exterior staples, like the Puddle Lights, License Plate Lights, and the Reverse Lights.
4Runner Interior Light Kit & Bulbs
- Front Map Lights × 2: Check Price
- Rear Dome Light × 1: Check Price
- Rear Hatch/Trunk Lights × 2: Check Price
- Door Lights × 4: Check Price
- Vanity Mirror Lights × 2: Check Price
- Mirror/Puddle Light × 2: Check Price
- License Plate Lights × 2: Check Price
- Reverse Lights x 2: Check Price
IMPORTANT: One thing you will want for swapping interior LEDs is a set of plastic pry tools. They are fairly inexpensive and you will use them again if you plan on future mods.
In terms of pricing, VLEDS are not the cheapest on the market but they are of higher quality than most.
When it comes to direct fit bulbs for the automotive industry, VLEDS has the attention to detail in the design, the packaging and customer service, which all go a long way in my book. You may also want to check out their ‘why choose us’ page, that helped me seal the deal.
Front Map Lights
Replacing the map lights in the 4Runner can be challenging. I still stick true to my tape and twist method. If you can do it right, it works like a charm every time.
Make a circle with your tape (sticky on the inside) and suck up around the bulb. Secure the tape around the bulb as high as you can. Twist the tape and gently start to tug down.
The tape should be enough to grab ahold and the bulb should pop out.
Rear Dome Light
Rear dome lights are simple as long as you find the first indentation to pop the cover off (first photo indicated above). To place the festoon bulb in, using your plastic PRY tools will help.
Start by pushing the loose tab holding the bulb in place… out and then hold it on the outside. Then, slide the festoon bulb in place and release the tab.
For putting the cap back on, make sure you reinstall with the larger tabs in first and then suck the shorter tabs back up on the other side.
Rear Hatch/Trunk Lights
Find the gap in the edge of the light cover. Using your PRY tools, pop the housing out of place. Once the housing is out, swap in the new festoon bulb from your VLEDS light kit.
Installing this LED is really simple.
There is a small gap in the housing of the door/courtesy lights as well as most lights.
Position your plastic pry tool and pop the housing out.
Using your thumbs, push the top plastic portion off of the main housing.
Then, again using both thumbs you want to separate the housing cover over the bulb.
This will allow full access to the incandescent bulb or in our case, old LEDs. Swap in the new VLEDS from your new LED light kit.
Vanity Mirror Lights
You have a couple of options here.
You can pop off the cover only and then swap in a new bulb or pull down the whole housing using needle nose pliers.
For photos and explanation, I felt like pulling the whole hosing down, although it’s not needed for this kit.
Small fingers or your wife’s help may be on your side if you don’t want to pull the housing down.
Well, there was some controversy on this post regarding the puddle lights.
I was curious to see how nerve-racking it would be to straight pull the cover off our mirror. Well, it was damn nerve-racking the whole time but it did work.
I pulled so hard both times the plastic cover flew off far beyond where I stood. It’s just really tight.
The other option is to remove the glass portion of the mirror like in that previous post. Both options are nerve-racking.
Good luck my young Jedis.
License Plate Lights
The easiest of all quick light add-ons.
All you need is a screwdriver to pull off the license plate light housing. That’s it, swap in your new VLEDS from your ordered light kit. I was concerned at first as the VLEDS bulb sticks out just a bit passed the housing.
But after you add the cover on top, it clears the bulb just fine.
Open up the rear hatch of your 4Runner and pop off the reverse light/tail light housing cover.
Twist and pull out the center bulb, remove the factory bulb and swap in your new VLEDS from the provided interior LED light kit numbers above.
With some bulbs, you may need to reverse the polarity, which means you may need to reverse the direction in which you insert a bulb. The whole process is pretty dang simple.
Just make sure you have a set of plastic PRY tools handy and you should be fine.
I can tell you for certain that VLEDS has a very bright light, a more refined/original well-built design and you can just feel the quality in these bulbs.
These lights far outperform Sylvania ‘super bright LEDs’ on every level which will far exceed the factory bulbs, if that’s what you are running now.
If you are running factory, jump straight for the VLEDS for sure, don’t waste your time with anything else.
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