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  • VLEDS 2pcs 70lm 5500K White 194
    End Fire LED Bulb
  • VLEDS 2pcs 180lm 5500K White 194
    High Output LED Bulb
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    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.
     
     
    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 LasFit LS Plus Series 6K White LSplus9005 36W - - 4,000 lm
    Headlights (low beam) H11 55w - H11 halogen V-Leds V-HID Xenon H11_5K_S_HID 35W - - 3,200 lm
    Front fog lights 9006 51w - HB4 halogen 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° 5K White 194_6_W_5K_N 3W 90.0ma 1.1W 180 lm
    Front turn signal lights / DRL's 1156NA 27w - Single end (amber) V-Leds V3 Triton Switchback Leds V3-WA-5K-1156 9W - - 600 lm 5K
    430 lm Amber
    Rear turn signal lights 992 (7440A) 21w - Wedge base (amber) - - - - - - -
    Back-up lights 921 18w 1,386ma Wedge base LasFit 16 360° 3030SMD LED Chips T-T15 13W TBD ma TBD W 1,500 lm
    License plate lights 168/194 5w 372ma Wedge base V-Leds High Power 1 M-SMT
    5K White
    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 - - - - - - -
     


     
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