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This is a discussion on Better Interior Lighting (<) - 2005 STI within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; The OE interior lighting is quite dim. For ~ / 10 minutes work, you can replace your map/dome lights with ...

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    Better Interior Lighting (<$25) - 2005 STI

    The OE interior lighting is quite dim. For ~$25 / 10 minutes work, you can replace your map/dome lights with brighter LEDs.

    Tools/parts needed (also replaced reverse lights):

    3 x 3022-CWHP4 (SuperBrightLEDs) - your bulb may be different
    Knife / Flathead Screwdriver
    Phillips Screwdriver

    Use your knife / flathead to remove dome light cover:


    Remove the two screws and disconnect power:



    Replace with LED:


    Reconnect power, reinstall dome light, and replace cover.

    Use your knife / flathead to remove map light cover:


    Remove the two screws, then disconnect power:



    Replace the OE bulbs with LEDs:


    Reconnect power, reinstall map lights, replace cover.

    Before/After:


    NOTE: The pictures were taken with just the dome lights, since that's what goes on when you unlock / open the door. When you turn the map lights on as well, the difference is even more drastic. The camera does not do the difference justice.
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    Updated with before/after shots
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    This looks worthwhile also, as did your reverse lamp thread. Thanks again. S
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    Why disconnect power?


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    Quote Originally Posted by T0rque
    Why disconnect power?
    Whenever I do anything electrical, I disconnect power.

    You probably could do the dome light without disconnecting power, but I found the map lights are easier to replace with the unit in your hand (but that may be attributed to me having fat fingers).
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    The map light looks a lot easier to remove I get your point there.


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    Looks better also.
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