Trunk lights are used in the trunk or cargo area to illuminate the space at night. From the factory, the bulbs are incandescant, lighting up in a yellowish color.
By changing the factory bulb to an LED, you can illuminate the area with a much brighter light, and add a pure white, luxury look.
The installation is 100% plug-and-play, just replace your factory bulb.
SMD12 Board: Also an LED panel, with 12 SMD chips. Due to the increased size, this may need to be mounted to the exterior of the trunk light housing.
FlexLight: This is a 20-inch, low-profile LED strip, with 30 5050-size Epistar SMD chips, with adapters for universal installation. Mounts in your trunk area, flexible and waterproof, for maximum brightness.
PLEASE NOTE: SMD12 Board is an LED board, which may mount to the exterior of your trunk light housing. FlexLight is an LED strip, which plugs into your factory trunk light socket, and mounts directly into your trunk area using included adhesive strips or velcro. We offer the Boards and FlexLight for those who want to maximize brightness.
Included in your order is ONE BULB.
These LEDs are available in crisp, bright colors including White, Warm White, Blue, Red, Amber, and Green.
We strongly recommend white or warm white for the best visibility.
Diode Dynamics offers several brightness options so you can choose what fits you best. These options are listed by the design and the lumen output of each bulb:
SMD12 Board: Much brighter than OEM bulbs. These are bright!
FlexLight: Extremely bright compared to OEM bulb.
Lumens: BUYER BEWARE! Most sellers just provide "calculated" lumen numbers, based on the maximum potential brightness of the LED chips on the bulb. For example, if a bulb has five 10-lumen chips, they will rate it at 50 lumens. However, this is not accurate, as the design of an LED bulb does not get rid of heat fast enough to run the LEDs at maximum.
These "calculated" lumen ratings are much, much higher than the true, measured light output, so it will look like competitors' bulbs are brighter than ours. This is because Diode Dynamics does not provide inflated "calculated" numbers; we believe it is misleading. We test the actual brightness of the bulbs in our lab, to provide real lumen output measurements. Our measurements are accurate, but they are usually much lower than the misleading "calculated" figures. Please click here to learn more about LED brightness measurement.
LED Components. Diode Dynamics uses only the highest quality LED chips in the production of its bulbs. This means we use only brand-name suppliers such as Epistar, Cree, Osram, and Samsung.
While Diode Dynamics bulbs may look the same as others on the market, most copycat bulbs use economy-grade LED chips in order to reduce costs. This greatly reduces the reliability and overall brightness of the bulb when you compare it to Diode Dynamics.
Construction. Although LED technology allows for extremely long bulb life, the market is flooded with cheap LED bulbs that fail prematurely due to inferior construction. The worst enemy of LEDs is excessive heat, and when bulbs are not designed properly, they do not disperse heat as well, leading to premature failure.
Off-brand, cheap bulbs exhibit poor solder uniformity, high levels of flux in the solder, uneven chip placement, low-gauge terminal wires, poor assembly, and bulbs held together with inferior adhesives. At best, solder joints will crack and fail on low-quality LEDs after a few weeks of use. In the worst case, these bulbs can damage housings as the extra flux and adhesive evaporates and creates a residue on the lens of the housing.
Diode Dynamics bulbs are produced with modern, computerized equipment, and only the best materials, to ensure complete uniformity, high quality, and long bulb life.
All Diode Dynamics products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 3-year limited replacement warranty. For more information, please view the Warranty Information page.
Cool White HP5 Review by Bobby Ack
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Bright enough to see most of the trunk in my 2016 Crosstrek. Great quality at a great price. Every Diode product I've purchased has been a huge upgrade over the stock lighting in my car. Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/12/16)
I can see! Review by Jose
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Installed the HP5 Cool White (6000K) in my 2015 Crosstrek. It's like night and day now looking for stuff in the trunk. I wish I had done this sooner. Now if only Subaru made a better choice of the light location so that it wasn't covered up so easily. Definitely not the fault of Diode Dynamics and still well worth the purchase. (Posted on 8/10/16)
Trunk light - 12 board Review by Rommel
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Well.. a couple of things on this one. installed in a 2016 crosstrek, and a bit disappointed. First, the 194 bulb adapter wires kept moving so when they were plugged in any shaking or vibration made the light go off and on. I opted for the 12 light board thinking it would make the light brighter. Which it did, but the board was basically blocked by the light switch hardware on the lens. For installation I used electrical tape and attached it to the lens housing. It wasn't bad. it was much better then stock, but I yanked it out and just put it in the wife's 2016 Pilot trunk since it was ceiling mounted. Save yourself the hassle and go for the flexlight. I'm gonna need to think about how I'm going to mount it looks as inconspicuous as possible on a ivory ceiling before buying it tho. (Posted on 7/15/16)
BRIGHT Idea Review by Aly
Price Value Quality
I love how bright this strip lights up my trunk. It was relatively easy to install. I unscrewed the left side panel and popped it out to run the wire. I tucked in the excess under the rubber cover. There is a small piece of wire available at one end of the strip but that doesn't bother me. I had a roll of Velcro zip ties and used that to secure to the roof. I ended up having to add super glue to adhere the Velcro since it keep falling off the double sided tape. Overall, great product. Really love how it lights up and gives a modern look. (Posted on 4/4/16)
Cool White 6000k, Flexlight strip Review by Robert
Price Value Quality
Now this is the type of trunk light that Subaru should have had factory installed, this sucker is bright. very happy.
so much better then that factory joke of a light. (Posted on 2/13/16)
Flexilght...should have been this way from the factory Review by CD TVC
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Easy to do custom look. For my 2015 Subarau XV install, I wanted to hide the wiring under my hatch cover cross bar.
I took a 1/2 spade bit and drilled underneath the crossbar support on the side panel. After removing the trunk light, I fished a coat hanger from the hole to the light. I then taped a lightweight gauge wire to the coat hanger and pulled it back through the hole. After removing the tape and coat hanger, I threaded a rubber grommet over the wire and covered up the rough plastic with the rubber grommet. Then I taped the lead wires from the light to the wire and gently pulled it through to the light. After doing the connections, I taped the light to the underside of the crossbar and pulled the remaining wires through.
Now it lights up the entire trunk. (Posted on 12/13/15)
Amazingly Bright Review by italiafroman
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I bought the LED strip and this thing is bright and I love it. Great improvement vs the OEM light. It is truly a simple plug and play, took no more than 5 minutes to install. The LED strip has a sticky backing but I didn't want to put something sticky on my new car interior so I bought some Velcro that was the same size as the strip and just velcroed it to the ceiling of my Crosstrek pointing down into the trunk. Would recommend to every Crosstrek owner! (Posted on 9/16/15)
Trunk light Review by k2frisch
Quality Price Value
I bought the 6 light panel and it fits right inside the OEM housing. This light is an instant improvement over the stock cargo light. I would highly recommend this upgrade out of all the interior lights. (Posted on 8/23/15)
- - Full 3-year warranty on all products
- - No waiting: we usually send new items out with a return label (US customers only)
You will get quick help from our trained staff for any issues.
All Off-Road Lighting also carry a limited lifetime warranty.
For further details, please see our full article.
Domestic (US) Customers
- - Just $5 per order with our Diode Delivers program
- - Same-day shipping for all orders placed by 12:00 PM CST (or until 4 PM with rush processing)
- - USPS, for delivery in 2-4 days (on average)
- - Express services are available, see exact pricing at checkout
- - Fully Insured
- - We ship to all countries via standard mail
- - Usually around $10 for LEDs, or $25 for HIDs.
- - Choose your service on checkout to see exact prices:
- - USPS 1st Class: 2-5 weeks
- - USPS Priority: 1-2 weeks
- - Express EMS: 1 week
- - Please email us if you are unsure about shipping to your country.
You will receive updates from our site when your order is shipped, along with a unique shipment number to ensure that your order is correctly accounted for. This allows you to easily reply to us if you have any concerns.
Whether your order is big or small, it is tested through many run cycles, and each bulb is tested before shipment. Every single bulb. Every time. And if anything does go wrong, you can rely on our industry-leading warranty for worry-free replacement.
If you're not happy with your items, we want to make it right. So we have some pretty awesome return policies:
30 day return policy. All customers have 30 days from the date of original order shipment to return items.
Full refund, no fees. At Diode Dynamics, we offer free returns. That means no restocking fees, no administrative fees, and no hassle!
Free return label. If your original order was over $50, you get a free return label for your items (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, you can send the items back through your preferred method.
Within 30 days: If your original order was over $50, you can get new items shipped to you with a return label (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, we can send you the new items first, but you are responsible for returning the old items.
Within 90 days: Any item can be returned for exchange or store credit within 90 days. The buyer is responsible for the cost of the return shipping, and must first return the old items. We'll still cover the postage for the new items.
Please note: due to the nature of custom acrylic pieces, we cannot offer any refund or exchange for returned custom acrylic items.
To make a return or exchange, please request an RMA, or give us a call. When we get it back, you will be notified and credited appropriately.
Again, all returns must be approved, with an RMA. This is so that we can process your return as quickly as possible when we get it. If you would like to return an item, please Request an RMA. Please include as much information as possible about the reason for return.
Alternatively, you can also send us a message, or give us a call!