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Old 04-14-2015, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default 2015 WRX Interior Cubby Light

I got a few requests on how to do this simple modification for the 2015 WRX


Essentially just changing the colour of the cubby light. you could change it to just about any colour you can find but i used blue to match the footwell lighting.

If you go to just about any wholesale electronics store they can sell you individual LED bulbs. I got two of them just in case i broke one when i was installing it. And the install is real simple.

Start off by removing the trim off the centre console, you know where the carbon fiber looking stuff is, and that will get you access to a little red module which has the red LED with a small circuit inside of it.


Once you see that you pull up gently and it should come off the holder. Unplug the module and bring it inside. Now you can take the red part of the housing off and it will expose the circuit


you can remove the existing LED by peeling the LED leads away from the terminals. It doesn't seem like they're soldered so i just used a bit of force and some pliers to remove them.

Once that is out, take your blue LED and orient it so that the positive, longer lead is toward the resistor (blue part in the picture) and put the leads through the holes where the red LED's leads were and bend the leads around the terminals and crimp them with pliers. If you have a soldering iron now would be the time to solder the leads to the terminals for extra safety. you may also need to take a drill bit and widen the hole for your new LED because the one i had was wider than the one they installed.



Once that is done, put the red part of the housing back on and go back to your car, plug in the module and turn the headlights on to test and make sure it works. Reassemble everything, including putting the red module back where it used to be. Once this is done, get a small piece of white rubber or plastic to disperse the LED's beam(i used the top of a scope mouthwash bottle of all things). If you use plastic you can use a lighter to heat it up and bend it to the shape of the LED. This part is up to you how you want to do it, but I used a small but of 3M tape and made the piece of plastic in the shape of a spoon, and stuck the spoon handle to the top of the cubby so that the round part goes around the LED. and with that you're done!!

one note, you may need a filter if the colour of the LED is different than the colour of the footwell lighting and you're trying to match it
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Old 04-14-2015, 05:37 PM   #2
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:45 PM   #3
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Very nice... im guessing its a 12v led? Thinking about tapping into this for some DIY footwell lighting
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:18 AM   #4
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What type of LED is it?
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:12 PM   #5
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My God, can you imagine if it was able to pulse with the bass!
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:02 PM   #6
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My God, can you imagine if it was able to pulse with the bass!


Great idea but I find bass lights to get old quickly. But if you could make the light intensity match the boost pressure....!
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:30 PM   #7
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Great idea but I find bass lights to get old quickly. But if you could make the light intensity match the boost pressure....!
Or go from green-yellow-red as you go up in RPMs

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Old 10-23-2020, 07:30 AM   #8
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Bringing this back. Anyone able to track the harness to where it originates? My ***8216;14 Impreza Sport does not have this light and I***8217;d like to add it. Have the light, just need harness.
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