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Exterior LED Lighting:
 
Concept.
This page describes the details behind changing many of my Toyota 4Runner's exterior lights from standard automotive incandescent light bulbs to Led (light emitting diode) type lighting. This was done in order to both increase brightness and change the color of the warm yellowish factory incandescent filament bulbs to a whiter, cooler color range.
 
 
Back-Up Reverse lights:
 
Factory Bulb: 921
Factory Wattage: 18.0 watts
Factory Amperage: 1,386 milliamps
 
Led Replacement Bulb: VLeds High Power 19 M-SMT 8.0W HID White 921
Part no.: 921_19_HP_W This has been discontinued, I recommend 921_15_W_5K as a replacement
Led Type: 19 high power M-SMT
Advertised Kelvin color rating: 6,000k White
Advertised Wattage: 8.0 watts
Recommended forward DC Voltage operating range: 11.5-14.5 volts
Actual metered Amperage: 304.8 milliamps
Actual calculated Wattage at 12.5V (W=V*(MA/1000)): 3.8 watts
Approximate Luminous Flux: 250 Lumens
 
Comments:
This is V-Leds top of the line Led bulb in the 921 size. The bulb consists of 19 high power surface mount (SMT) 6k leds that total 8 watts of power. This bulb is made up of 15 radial firing 1/2 watt High Power LED's. Each 1/2 watt LED produces 10 times the output of a standard M-SMT LED. When lit up, these radial mounted leds perfectly fill out the chrome reflector backup lamp housing on the 4Runner. In addition to the radial firing leds, there are 4 standard M-SMT forward firing LED's to fill out the front of the lens. All the leds are mounted on aluminum circuit boards to provide superior cooling and protection. This bulb uses IC controllers, not basic resistors, to supply power to the leds. This compensates for an uneven input current by sending an even amount of power to the light emitting diodes.
 
As you can see by the pics below, these leds are significantly brighter than the factory 18 watt incandescent 921 bulbs. When lit, they look great with a crisp pure white color, even considering that the stock 4th generation 4Runner backup reverse lens is lightly smoked in color.
 
Installation is very simple. Using a flat head screwdriver, pry open the covers on either side of the interior cargo area. The back-up bulb is the bottom most of the three bulbs. They are removed with a quarter turn in a counterclockwise direction, then pull straight out of the housing. The bulb itself is removed from it's holder by pulling straight out. The led bulb gets installed in the same manner. Leds, as well as all diodes, are polarity sensitive. This means that the positive and negative terminals must be connected correctly for it to operate properly. If upon installation they don't work, reverse the orientation (polarity) of the bulb.

Factory Incandescent #921 Bulb

Factory Incandescent #921 Bulb
Led #921 8.0W Bulb

Incandescent #921 amperage
1,386 milliamps

Led #921 8.0W Bulb

Led #921 8.0W Bulb

Led #921 amperage
304.8 milliamps

Back-Up Reverse light removal

Back-Up Reverse light installed

921_19_HP_W Led Size

Incandescent

Incandescent (left)
Led (right)

Led

Incandescent

Led

Back up camera
Incandescent

Back up camera
Led


 
License Plate lights:
 
Factory Bulb: 194
Factory Wattage: 5.0 watts
Factory Amperage: 372 milliamps
 
Led Replacement Bulb: VLeds High Power 1 M-SMT 0.75W 5k White 194
Part no.: 194_HP_W_5K
Led Type: 1 high power M-SMT
Advertised Kelvin color rating: 5,000k White
Advertised Wattage: 0.75 watts
Recommended forward DC Voltage operating range: 11.5-14.5 volts
Actual metered Amperage: 50.4 milliamps
Actual calculated Wattage at 12.5V (W=V*(MA/1000)): 0.63 watts
Approximate Luminous Flux: 24 Lumens
 
Comments:
The license plate bulb housing does not contain a chromed reflector, therefore a radial firing bulb is not of much use here. Hence my choice of a single down firing high power led bulb. The led utilized in this particular bulb has a nice wide 180 lighting pattern. The license plate bulbs are on whenever the running lights are on, therefore a bulb with an integrated heatsink is a logical choice. It's integrated heatsink allows for higher output with greater reliability.
 
Again, Installation is very simple. A #1 phillips screwdriver is used to remove the two screws holding each license plate bulb lens in place. The lens will then drop off and a rubber gasket will drop out with it. Now you can pull the bulb housing out a little to make removal of the bulb a little easier. The factory 194 bulb is a wedge type bulb, and to remove you simply pull straight out. The led bulb goes back in the same way. Though you should have your lights off when removing the factory bulbs as they get hot quick, you should turn the lights on for installation of the led bulbs. Leds are polarity sensitive. This means that the positive and negative terminals must be connected correctly for it to operate properly. If upon installation they don't light up (with the light switch on), reverse the orientation (polarity) of the led bulb and confirm it works.

Factory Incandescent #194 Bulb

Factory Incandescent #194 Bulb
Led #194 0.75W Bulb

Incandescent #194 amperage
372 milliamps

Led #194 0.75W Bulb

194_HP_W_5K Led Size

Led #194 amperage
50.4 milliamps

License Plate light bulb removal

License Plate bulb removal

License Plate Led bulb installed

Incandescent (left)
Led (right)

Incandescent

Led


 
White Parking lights, installed when I upgraded my DRLs to White/Amber Led Switchbacks :
 
Factory Bulb: 194A
Factory Wattage: 5.0 watts
Factory Amperage: 359.9 milliamps
 
Led Replacement Bulb: VLeds High Power 360 3.0W 5K White 194
Part no.: 194_6_W_5K_N
Led Type: 6 high power M-SMT
Advertised Kelvin color rating: 5K White
Advertised Wattage: 3.0 watts
Recommended forward DC Voltage operating range: 9.0-14.5 volts
Actual metered Amperage: 99.9 milliamps
Actual calculated Wattage at 12.5V (W=V*(MA/1000)): 1.25 watts
Approximate Luminous Flux: 180 Lumens
 
Comments:
The parking/marker light bulb housing contains a chromed reflector, therefore a radial firing bulb is a must here and this 360 buld is perfect. It measures 12mm wide by 25mm long. Being a white led bulb, it looks clear when the lights are off. This removes the amber look in the lens that is always present with the factory bulb in place. This VLed bulb uses five radial firing 1/2 watt LEDs that fire a full 360 into the chrome reflectors of the 4Runner's parking lamp assembly, and another 1/2 watt forward firing LED to fill out the front of the lens. The 5K white color of this led is a perfect match with my 5K White/Amber Led Switchbacks and 5K White HID headlight and Fog lights.
 
Installation is very simple. Under the hood locate the parking/marker bulb socket. Give it a quarter turn in a counterclockwise direction, then pull straight out of the housing. The wedge type bulb is removed from it's holder by pulling straight out. The led bulb gets installed back into the socket in the same manner, with a firm push. After removal of the factory bulb, but before installation of the Led, turn the parking lights on. Leds are polarity sensitive and if they don't light up when initially installed, reverse the orientation (polarity) of the bulb. To install the socket back into the light housing, slide the socket with bulb attached all the way in until fully seated, then give a quarter turn clockwise. You do not need to move the battery out of the way to get to the driver side bulb. This can be done with it in place.

Factory Incandescent #194A Bulb

Factory Incandescent #194A Bulb
Led #194 3.0W Bulb

Incandescent #194A amperage
359.9 milliamps

Led #194 amperage
99.9 milliamps

Led #194 3.0W Bulb
194_6_W_5K_N

Led #194 3.0W Bulb
194_6_W_5K_N

Parking Led Installation

Parking Led Installation

Led Parking Light Installed

Led Parking Light Installed

Led Parking Light
with Triton DRLs

Incandescent

Led (right)
Incandescent (left)

Led

Led
with Triton DRLs


 
Amber Parking lights, used when my DRLs were Amber:
 
Factory Bulb: 194A
Factory Wattage: 5.0 watts
Factory Amperage: 359.9 milliamps
 
Led Replacement Bulb: VLeds High Power X5 M-SMT 2.5W Amber 194
Part no.: 194_X5_HP_A This has been discontinued, I recommend 194_6_A_N as a replacement
Led Type: 5 high power M-SMT
Advertised Kelvin color rating: Amber
Advertised Wattage: 2.5 watts
Recommended forward DC Voltage operating range: 11.5-14.5 volts
Actual metered Amperage: 90.0 milliamps
Actual calculated Wattage at 12.5V (W=V*(MA/1000)): 1.1 watts
Approximate Luminous Flux: 50 Lumens
 
Comments:
The parking/marker light bulb housing contains a chromed reflector, therefore a radial firing bulb is a must here. The led utilized in this particular bulb light up amber when on, but are clear when the lights are off. This cleans up the look a little when off. The VLed bulb uses four radial firing 1/2 watt LEDs that fire perfectly into the chrome reflectors of the 4Runner's parking lamp assembly, and another 1/2 watt forward firing LED to fill out the front of the lens. The amber color of this led is a deeper and richer orange than the factory incandescent bulbs.
 
Installation is very simple. Under the hood locate the parking/marker bulb socket. Give it a quarter turn in a counterclockwise direction, then pull straight out of the housing. The wedge type bulb is removed from it's holder by pulling straight out. The led bulb gets installed back into the socket in the same manner, with a firm push. After removal of the factory bulb, but before installation of the Led, turn the parking lights on. Leds are polarity sensitive and if they don't light up when initially installed, reverse the orientation (polarity) of the bulb. To install the socket back into the light housing, slide the socket with bulb attached all the way in until fully seated, then give a quarter turn clockwise. You do not need to move the battery out of the way to get to the driver side bulb. This can be done with it in place.

Factory Incandescent #194A Bulb

Factory Incandescent #194A Bulb
Led #194A 2.5W Bulb

Incandescent #194A amperage
359.9 milliamps

Led #194A amperage
90.0 milliamps

Led #194A 2.5W Bulb
194_X5_HP_A

Led #194A 2.5W Bulb
194_X5_HP_A

194_X5_HP_A Led Size

Parking Led Installation

Parking Led Installation

Led Parking Light Installed

Led Parking Light Installed

Incandescent

Led (left)
Incandescent (right)

Led


 
Quick Reference Lighting Chart:
2006-2009 Toyota 4Runner Lights Led Aftermarket Replacement Bulb
Light Bulb Factory
Bulb
No.
Factory
Bulb
      Wattage      
Factory
Observed
Amperage
Type  Brand  Description Led
Part
No.
Led
Advertised
Wattage
Led
Observed
Amperage
Led
Observed
Wattage
Approx.
Lumens
Exterior Lights
Headlights (high beam) 9005 60w - HB3 halogen - - - - - - -
Headlights (low beam) H11 55w - H11 halogen V-Leds V-Leds V-HID Xenon H11_5K_S_HID 35W - - 3,200 lm
Front fog lights 9006 51w - HB4 halogen V-Leds V-Leds V-HID Xenon 9006_5K_S_HID 35W - - 3,200 lm
Parking/front side marker 168/194 5w 359.9ma Wedge base (amber) V-Leds High Power 360 3.0W 5K White 194 194_6_W_5K_N 3.0w 90.0ma 1.1w 180 lm
Front turn signal lights / DRL's 1156NA 27w - Single end (amber) V-Leds V-Leds 5K Switchback Leds V3-WA-5K-1156 9W - - 600 lm White, 430 lm Amber
Rear turn signal lights 992 (7440A) 21w - Wedge base (amber) - - - - - - -
Back-up lights 921 18w 1,386ma Wedge base V-Leds High Power 19 M-SMT 8.0W
HID White 921
921_19_HP_W 8.0w 304.8ma 3.8w 250 lm
License plate lights 168/194 5w 372ma Wedge base V-Leds High Power 1 M-SMT 0.75W
5k White 194
194_HP_W_5K 0.75w 50.4ma 0.63w 24 lm
High mounted stop (w/ factory spoiler) Factory Leds - - Factory Leds - - - - - - -
Stop/Tail/Rear side marker Factory Leds - - Factory Leds - - - - - - -
 
Special Offer:
I have purchased all the above Led lights from one source, V-Leds.com. The decision to go with them for all the lights was based on much advance research into their product line, communication with them via email and over the phone, as well as customer feedback found on a wide variety of online automotive forums. I have had nothing but excellent customer service from this company.
 
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Update:
I have had various V-Leds bulbs installed for approx. four years now and I have had absolutely no issues or problems at all. I continue to return to them for all my automotive LED and HID bulb needs.
 


 
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