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Interior LED Upgrade (2nd Gen)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by coltonlava, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Nov 8, 2019 at 5:30 AM
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    coltonlava

    coltonlava [OP] Member

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    Thought that I would share the pros and cons of my interior lighting experience for us all. This was specifically done on a 2015 Tacoma but I would imagine this is applicable to all second gen Tacomas.

    First off here are the bulb sizes and quantities that I replaced:
    Map Lights: #168 x2
    Dome Light: #578 x1
    Visor/Vanity: #6641 x2
    License Plate: #168 x2

    The whole job takes maybe 30 minutes.

    I would highly recommend a phone repair tool kit. Luckily I had one and it made the job much easier. They are about $10 on Amazon. Hint: save the money on expensive bulbs and get the right tools!

    Parts List:

    Map/License plate bulbs
    (pack of 10, only need 4)
    upload_2019-11-8_7-28-17.jpg

    These are by far the best out of all the lights I got! They are bright, white, and cheap. Get these. You'll have some spares.

    Dome Light:
    upload_2019-11-8_7-30-22.jpg
    These are garbage. DO NOT get these. At first, I had all Sylvania ZEVO bulbs in my cart but glad I didn't go that route. They are about $10 each. I thought with the brand name they would be good but that is not the case. Although, they do have a lifetime warranty, not sure I would even mess with that. Go with a cheaper #578 LED bulb. I will be replacing this one with something similar to the others with "non-covered" LEDs. This light is probably the most important because it is what lights the vehicle when doors are opened.

    Visor/Vanity:
    upload_2019-11-8_7-36-25.jpg
    These are good but they are bright. I got the 6 panel LED option. I would recommend going with the 3 panel LED option

    upload_2019-11-8_7-52-27.jpg

    Here is the phone repair kit. The tweezers with bent tips will be very useful for the map light bulbs and the flat plastic pry tools to the left of the cleaning cloth were helpful.

    How to:
    Map lights - use plastic pry tool to remove plastic cover between the two map lights. Let it hang there. Remove lens cover by prying from the inside out. Then pull down. Use the tweezers to remove the bulb. The tweezers were the ticket. If not I would've had to think of something else. I couldn't get the bulb out with just my fingers.

    upload_2019-11-8_8-4-39.jpg
    Before and after. As you can see they were a hell of an upgrade. Much cleaner and brighter light now.

    Vanity/Visor - Easy. Pry the little cover off with the pry tool from the small slot. Replace bulb.
    upload_2019-11-8_8-7-46.jpg
    Before
    upload_2019-11-8_8-8-5.jpg
    After
    pretty darn bright. Go with the 3 panel LED instead

    Dome Light - Easy as well. Pry the dome light lens cover off from the little slot. It will just hang there. Replace bulb.

    No picture but you get the point. Just don't go with Sylvania bulbs (or any other expensive bulbs)

    Going to do license plate bulbs today. They look easy as well. Just a small phillips head holding the cover on.


    Key take-aways:
    1. The right tools for the job make an job easier
    2. Don't get expensive bulbs. If I didn't get the Sylvania ZEVO bulb the whole job would've been around $25
    3. I can't speak on the longevity of the bulbs, but I have plenty of spares.
    4. Vanity bulbs are blinding bright. Go with a 3-panel or maybe even 1-panel LED

    Hope this helps someone out there looking to replace their interior bulbs.

    Here is another cheap mod I've done for $10 that was worth mentioning. Climate control knobs. Got them on Amazon as well. See pictures below.

    Now on to the real upgrades!

    Before
    upload_2019-11-8_8-27-45.jpg

    After
    upload_2019-11-8_8-28-18.jpg
     
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  2. Nov 8, 2019 at 5:38 AM
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    Dstant_Thunder

    Dstant_Thunder New Member

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    Thank you so much, nice to see an article on the 2015, I have the same one. I'll def follow your lead and replace all my bulbs as well, keep up the articles - good job
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    JustEd

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  4. Nov 21, 2019 at 4:22 AM
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    BuildbyBarz

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    What kind of climate knob are those
     
  5. Nov 21, 2019 at 9:05 AM
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    JustEd

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  6. Nov 21, 2019 at 9:39 AM
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    BuildbyBarz

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  7. Nov 25, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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    SpeedwayBlue07

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    Hello,

    Do these lights work on an 07’ TRD Sport?

    Thank you!
     

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