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Does anyone know what type and where you can get replacement bulbs for the round little "eyelet" parking lights in the top corner of each headlight? Also, how difficult is it to replace one those bulbs? It looks like you have to take apart the entire headlight assembly to get them out.
 

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It's a 168 wedge or 194 Wedge. A W5W bulb will also work. In order to replace it you have to pull off the grill, pull of the grill side pieces and then remove the headlamps.
 

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Which is brightest? I'm looking for a much brighter alternative to the stock bulbs. Also, are there any guides on how to replace those? (Peaty, I'm looking in your direction :D )
 

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When I purchased my UK Osram H1's they (powerbulbs.com) threw-in a set of Philips W5W 12V 5W Ultra Blue 3400deg bulbs. Look is just as white as the h1's. Real nice :D imho.

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21 watt wedge bulb

If you want a brighter bulb, try a 7440 (W21W). It is a slightly larger wedge bulb that is 21 watts rather than 5 watts. Same base as a 17177 (WY5W). I've not tried it in my 06 Forester. They worked fine in my Toyota pickup.
 

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Quick note / Gotcha on the grill replacement. It comes off just as described in the Owners Manual, but the 3 lower clips (left, center, and right) stay on the body. If you try to replace the grill with these still in place, you will be headed to a dealer for replacement clips (about $2.50 each and in stock).
To save the clips and make it easier, remove the clips from the body. The release is on the bottom edge of the clip toward the body. Then mount the clips on the grill. Position the grill against the body lining up all 5 holes and just push back in place.
I went through 2 sets of these on mine and a friend's car before I learned to remove them before replaceing the grill.
 

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"LED's will be fine, but do not exceed the stock wattage with stock wiring, or you're asking for a meltdown"

Crap....I ordered a set of 7440 LEDs that DennisC linked to above and now you mention that....lol. Think theres still any danger in trying them?
 

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Eurgiez said:
"LED's will be fine, but do not exceed the stock wattage with stock wiring, or you're asking for a meltdown"

Crap....I ordered a set of 7440 LEDs that DennisC linked to above and now you mention that....lol. Think theres still any danger in trying them?
Just keep an eye on them. That wattage is much higher than stock (5 compared to 21). I replaced the bulbs in my foglights and headlights, ended up with a melted harness on the headlight (known issue with subaru's apparently) and a discoloured reflector in the fog light (burnt to a golden colour). The fog light bulb at stock is 55w, but the replacement was at 80w!.

Yours might be ok? because of the much lower wattage.
 

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I don't know for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if the "wattage" on a LED is supposed to indicate the power that would be consumed by an indandescent bulb that produces the same amount of light. That way the bulb people get to claim a bigger number in their advertising.
 

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Ive seen after market "anything" bulbs of the same wattage and they still melted the plugs in days not even weeks..
Nick
 
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