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Old 03-12-2018, 04:57 PM   #1
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Did a search that was inconclusive. I'm interested in upgrading the trunk lighting on my 2002 WRX, but I also don't want to melt my wiring or burn up my car if I leave the trunk open for a while.

Are there any preferred brands or vendors out there with a trunk-specific LED array with sufficient heat sinks to keep it from a thermal runaway?
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:20 PM   #2
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That's fine if you want to do an add-on. If you just want a brighter bulb in the existing location, grab a Sylvania 194 LED off the rack from the parts store.
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Thanks guys, I'll look into both of those suggestions.

Big-E, did you install a LED strip in your trunk?
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As far as burning anything up, a direct-replacement LED 194 will draw far less current and produce less heat than the original filament bulb. You could leave the trunk open for hours with no problem and it won't run down your battery for a very, very long time.
The strip, that depends on the specs of whatever one you install but even a strip with a bunch of LED's may still draw less than a stock 194. The one E linked to looks like it's 2.4W @12V so not bad.
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Thanks guys, I'll look into both of those suggestions.

Big-E, did you install a LED strip in your trunk?
Yes. I did so in my WRX years ago and have since relocated it to my STI. If I can remember to do so, I will take pictures and post them.
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