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@splittime I’m assuming you are referring to the light on the gate and not the rear cargo light correct?

Pop the light housing and see what type/size bulb is used. I just looked at my pdf manual and it doesn’t list a bulb #.
My 19’ Sport has LED’s in all interior locations. The front door lights(bottom of door) was replaced with LED’s last week. Much nicer than the stock bulbs.

You should be able to just buy an LED equivalent bulb and plug in.
 

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Only the Sport Model has the light on the gate. I have added a battery powered LED light to the gate on my Touring.
 

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similar to this picture, but blacked out frame and velcroed to the removable access cover at lower middle inside of gate.
 

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@splittime I’m assuming you are referring to the light on the gate and not the rear cargo light correct?

Pop the light housing and see what type/size bulb is used. I just looked at my pdf manual and it doesn’t list a bulb #.
My 19’ Sport has LED’s in all interior locations. The front door lights(bottom of door) was replaced with LED’s last week. Much nicer than the stock bulbs.

You should be able to just buy an LED equivalent bulb and plug in.
Do you know the part# for that light at the gate? I want to fit in into our 2016 Forester. I prefer the OEM over the OLM brand that other people are using.
 

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I prefer the OEM over the OLM brand that other people are using.
Im sorry, I looked up the part number on subaru’s Website but it is only showing a plastic plug rather than the light. May have to go and ask the service department for the number.
I would also pop off that plastic plug and see if a harness is in there for power.
 

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Is there a way to upgrade trunk light to LED on 19' Touring?
This is a very easy fix. Order a box of these from Amazon:

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JRE38EA[/ame]

The module that holds the cargo light comes out easily with a plastic pry tool. Remove the incandescent bulb and replace it with one of the LED lamps in the package. Test it before you replace the module, as the LEDs are not reversible. They will go into the slot in either orientation, but only one orientation allows them to light. Once you have a working light, just push the module back into its recess.

The same LEDs will replace the incandescent lamps in the underdoor puddle lights (an even easier install—just pull them out) and in the license plate light. However, I caution you on replacing the license plate lights. The modules do not come out the way the owner’s manual says they do, and when I did manage to get them out, I damaged the modules and had to order new ones (about $50 installed). I still don’t know how to get the license plate light modules out. The dealer put my LEDs into the new ones I bought, so I do have LED license plate lights.
 

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Is there a way to upgrade trunk light to LED on 19' Touring?
This is a very easy fix. Order a box of these from Amazon:

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JRE38EA[/ame]

The module that holds the cargo light comes out easily with a plastic pry tool. Remove the incandescent bulb and replace it with one of the LED lamps in the package. Test it before you replace the module, as the LEDs are not reversible. They will go into the slot in either orientation, but only one orientation allows them to light. Once you have a working light, just push the module back into its recess.

The same LEDs will replace the incandescent lamps in the underdoor puddle lights (an even easier install—just pull them out) and in the license plate light. However, I caution you on replacing the license plate lights. The modules do not come out the way the owner’s manual says they do, and when I did manage to get them out, I damaged the modules and had to order new ones (about $50 installed). I still don’t know how to get the license plate light modules out. The dealer put my LEDs into the new ones I bought, so I do have LED license plate lights.
He doesn’t have a light housing on the rear gate. As far as I’m aware, Sport models such as mine only have the LED housing on gate. OP wants to add the OEM housing rather than retrofit something.
 

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Does anyone have detail about the LED bulb that comes with the Sport (in the cargo area roof, not the gate)? I put one of the Yorkim 194’s linked earlier in this thread in the back cargo area of my Touring and an even brighter one would be nice. I’m not sure what fits.
 

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Update!: OEM Cargo Dome Light

Does anyone have detail about the LED bulb that comes with the Sport (in the cargo area roof, not the gate)? I put one of the Yorkim 194’s linked earlier in this thread in the back cargo area of my Touring and an even brighter one would be nice. I’m not sure what fits.
I can go check out mine later and will post what I see.

UPDATE: I looked at my stock OEM light in cargo area ceiling dome light).

Brand: OSRAM
Part#: 6497CW
Spec: 12V, 1W
Size: 31mm
Light: 6000K

Attached are a few pictures showing the bulb and all the info printed on build housing.
Plugged into Google and this same bulb can be purchased between $17-$18.
Amazon does sell them for Prime Members.

Opinion: This guy is bright. Plenty for the rear area.
 

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I can go check out mine later and will post what I see.



UPDATE: I looked at my stock OEM light in cargo area ceiling dome light).



Brand: OSRAM

Part#: 6497CW

Spec: 12V, 1W

Size: 31mm

Light: 6000K



Attached are a few pictures showing the bulb and all the info printed on build housing.

Plugged into Google and this same bulb can be purchased between $17-$18.

Amazon does sell them for Prime Members.



Opinion: This guy is bright. Plenty for the rear area.


Thank you so much for pulling it and providing so much information on it. Unfortunately it looks like the bulb you linked is the same style / fixture as the light over the back seat (the elongated bulb that looks like a pointed fuse - i think it’s called a festoon bulb). It appears that the fixture in the back of non-Sport models is the standard bulb socket (for T10/194s, same as the puddle lights). My bulb vocabulary is not great.

What a strange decision to have a different fixture entirely for one trim level!
 

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Thank you so much for pulling it and providing so much information on it. Unfortunately it looks like the bulb you linked is the same style / fixture as the light over the back seat (the elongated bulb that looks like a pointed fuse - i think it’s called a festoon bulb). It appears that the fixture in the back of non-Sport models is the standard bulb socket (for T10/192s, same as the puddle lights). My bulb vocabulary is not great.

What a strange decision to have a different fixture entirely for one trim level!
What temp bulb did you replace it with? Mine was a 6000K. I did use Philips Xtreme-Vision 4000K for my license plate bulbs and driver/passenger door bulbs; 194 bulb. They look pretty bright. I would imagine the 6000K would be a bit much for those spots anyways but would be more than enough for the carogo area.
Only reason I went with a Philips brand LED is because I’ve used them in the past and have never had any issues with them; warranty and longevity.

Let us know what you decide to do and use. Good info with us MY19 owners looking to upgrade.
Below is a pic of the license plate difference and the second is both bulbs installed. Camera does not do them justice however.
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Left: Philips Xtreme-Vision 194/T10 @ 4000K
Right: OEM stock bulb.
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What temp bulb did you replace it with? Mine was a 6000K. I did use Philips Xtreme-Vision 4000K for my license plate bulbs and driver/passenger door bulbs; 194 bulb. They look pretty bright. I would imagine the 6000K would be a bit much for those spots anyways but would be more than enough for the carogo area.
Only reason I went with a Philips brand LED is because I’ve used them in the past and have never had any issues with them; warranty and longevity.

Let us know what you decide to do and use. Good info with us MY19 owners looking to upgrade.
Below is a pic of the license plate difference and the second is both bulbs installed. Camera does not do them justice however.
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Left: Philips Xtreme-Vision 194/T10 @ 4000K
Right: OEM stock bulb.
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4000K vs 6000K is not a brightness rating. Its color temp.
4000K being roughly a cool white, to 6000K being roughly daylight.


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What temp bulb did you replace it with? Mine was a 6000K. I did use Philips Xtreme-Vision 4000K for my license plate bulbs and driver/passenger door bulbs; 194 bulb. They look pretty bright. I would imagine the 6000K would be a bit much for those spots anyways but would be more than enough for the carogo area.
Only reason I went with a Philips brand LED is because I’ve used them in the past and have never had any issues with them; warranty and longevity.

Let us know what you decide to do and use. Good info with us MY19 owners looking to upgrade.
Below is a pic of the license plate difference and the second is both bulbs installed. Camera does not do them justice however.
View attachment 502751
Left: Philips Xtreme-Vision 194/T10 @ 4000K
Right: OEM stock bulb.
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4000K vs 6000K is not a brightness rating. Its color temp.
4000K being roughly a cool white, to 6000K being roughly daylight.


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I’m aware of that. Didn’t read my whole post huh.
What temp bulb did you replace it with? Mine was a 6000K.
I also stated
I did use Philips Xtreme-Vision 4000K for my license plate bulbs and driver/passenger door bulbs; 194 bulb. They look pretty bright.
Why? Because I did not want a “Daylight” color, ergo, a brighter tone of light visually. The 4000k temp “looks and casts just the right amount of light.
 

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Im sorry, I looked up the part number on subaru’s Website but it is only showing a plastic plug rather than the light. May have to go and ask the service department for the number.
I would also pop off that plastic plug and see if a harness is in there for power.
There's no harness for plug-and-play, neither the OLM one, so I'm aware of the additional efforts required. I can't seem to find the part# for the LED lift gate in 2019 to order .
 

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What temp bulb did you replace it with? Mine was a 6000K. I did use Philips Xtreme-Vision 4000K for my license plate bulbs and driver/passenger door bulbs; 194 bulb. They look pretty bright. I would imagine the 6000K would be a bit much for those spots anyways but would be more than enough for the carogo area.
Only reason I went with a Philips brand LED is because I’ve used them in the past and have never had any issues with them; warranty and longevity.

Let us know what you decide to do and use. Good info with us MY19 owners looking to upgrade.
Below is a pic of the license plate difference and the second is both bulbs installed. Camera does not do them justice however.
View attachment 502751
Left: Philips Xtreme-Vision 194/T10 @ 4000K
Right: OEM stock bulb.
View attachment 502753
I got a pack of the Yorkim 194 LED Bulbs Xenon White 6000k Super Bright Newest 5th Generation, T10 LED Bulbs that were recommended earlier in this thread and put them in my door puddle lights, license plate and also the cargo area. I thought that it was a little dim in the cargo area but it's acceptable. I will keep researching but it's a-ok for now. I edited my earlier post where I said they were T10/192 (they're 194).

I've attached some photos of what the cargo light fixture of non-Sport 2019's looks like (I have a Touring, I assume the other non-Sports are the same).

The manual calls for a 12V 13W replacement bulb, but the Yorkim T10 194 fits perfectly and does an adequate job. Part of why I wish it was brighter is probably because the privacy screen blocks most of it.
 

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