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As you know the one puny light bulb on the side of the trunk isn't that great. When I did the LED lights in the car, I put one of my bulbs here too and it was a little better but really only one of the LED's was actually shining out. So I bought a panel light on amazon and filed the corners down just a tad and it's a perfect fit in the housing. The 168/194 adapters are totally cheesy and I had to arrange the wires on the same side to make it connect reliably.

Anyway it's a pretty decent upgrade. The individual LED's are not as bright as the ones I used previously but together it's a tidy upgrade into actual usable light levels. The switch still works too.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MLR6PWC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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Thanks for this. I might have to look into it but we have yet to use our Ascent at night but given we have a trip coming up this Summer that is very likely to change. I have to say I found it a little odd that the LED Upgrade they have on the Ascent doesn't include that light or the sun visors :dunno:
 

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Yea that's why most of didn't bother with the factory LED upgrade kit. It's all detailed out in another thread but here's a list of the other bulbs I used and I'm very happy with (except for the trunk which I felt needed a bit more)

Interior and puddle bulbs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAG6RMM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Visor bulbs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DQQFMMF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Reverse bulbs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CRGU91Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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Thanks for this. I might have to look into it but we have yet to use our Ascent at night but given we have a trip coming up this Summer that is very likely to change. I have to say I found it a little odd that the LED Upgrade they have on the Ascent doesn't include that light or the sun visors :dunno:
I did my own interior LED upgrade last Fall before our Winter trip using the 5 light tower bulbs from Super Bright which are
great. The issue with the cargo area light while traveling is it's location. We had the 3rd row folded down and the entire rear cargo area was packed 3 tiers high with 300 pounds of luggage and dog stuff. I'm a former back packer and travel light but not so much my wife. The cargo area light was buried and no help at all.

I stashed a LED flashlight in the rearmost 3rd row cup holder within easy reach and used it all the time on the trip.

Really a silly place for the light. I'm sure Bobby's LED panel is much better but would be obliterated by my wife's rolling warehouse :tango_face_wink:
 

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...We had the 3rd row folded down and the entire rear cargo area was packed 3 tiers high with 300 pounds of luggage and dog stuff. I'm a former back packer and travel light but not so much my wife. The cargo area light was buried and no help at all....

Really a silly place for the light. I'm sure Bobby's LED panel is much better but would be obliterated by my wife's rolling warehouse :tango_face_wink:
:lol: sounds like my wife. We take a weekend trip and the car is packed to the gills when I have one shoulder bag. I'll give her a slight pass in that I don't a fraction as much bathroom/grooming stuff though.
 

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Really a silly place for the light. I'm sure Bobby's LED panel is much better but would be obliterated by my wife's rolling warehouse :tango_face_wink:
Yea...not much I can do about that. I've contemplated buying another light fixture of the same type, cutting a hole in the trim on the other side and fishing the cable around so I could have two lights.

We change diapers by that light so the space is almost always available.
 

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Yea...not much I can do about that. I've contemplated buying another light fixture of the same type, cutting a hole in the trim on the other side and fishing the cable around so I could have two lights.

We change diapers by that light so the space is almost always available.
I have thought about getting a flexible goose neck USB powered LED panel and plugging it into one of the 3rd row USB ports, something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F4D4W88/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_NRE7Cb3BFYVCY

However on further thought, having to turn on the ignition to get power back there before the light would work negated that idea.
 

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The problem with the tailgate lights is that I have to fish a wire from there behind the tailgate trim, through the electrical boot, and then behind the trunk trim to connect it to the existing light. That's a lot of work.

http://www.subispeed.com/2014-subar...ed-lift-gate-light-2014-forester#.W3ktDy3Mx24
it took under 10min to fish the wire from existing light to the top wire boot and 20min more to take off and reinstall trim on tail gate,

The problem with original light its get blocked by car luggage regardless of how bright it is ..
 

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As you know the one puny light bulb on the side of the trunk isn't that great. When I did the LED lights in the car, I put one of my bulbs here too and it was a little better but really only one of the LED's was actually shining out. So I bought a panel light on amazon and filed the corners down just a tad and it's a perfect fit in the housing. The 168/194 adapters are totally cheesy and I had to arrange the wires on the same side to make it connect reliably.

Anyway it's a pretty decent upgrade. The individual LED's are not as bright as the ones I used previously but together it's a tidy upgrade into actual usable light levels. The switch still works too.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MLR6PWC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thank you...
Solved my light problem easily and took very little time with two small crimp connectors which allow it to be easily put back to OEM with a bulb.
 

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The problem with the tailgate lights is that I have to fish a wire from there behind the tailgate trim, through the electrical boot, and then behind the trunk trim to connect it to the existing light. That's a lot of work.

http://www.subispeed.com/2014-subar...ed-lift-gate-light-2014-forester#.W3ktDy3Mx24
The other problem is there is no switch for it. Normally I wouldn't be concerned but the Ascent has a pretty weak battery for the amount of parasitic draw it has.
 

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The other problem is there is no switch for it. Normally I wouldn't be concerned but the Ascent has a pretty weak battery for the amount of parasitic draw it has.
You have to run the wires all the way back to the original factory light housing. That's why I felt it was too much trouble.
 
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