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I grabbed a $14 rear bumper reflector to see if it can easily be illuminated. If you want to look at one they pop out easily. Also there is a direct path for wiring from the rear lights to the reflector.
Drilled out the spot which looks like it is meant to hold a bulb in other markets.

31/64th drill bit did the trick for these 194 LED bulb sockets.

DZS Elec 12pcs T10 W5W 194 LED Bulbs Sockets Plug-in Type Pre-Wired Harness Connector Adapter for Auto Car - - Amazon.com
They fit snugly but I would suggest using something like this to secure it even better. I have a roll and use it often.
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I’m not sure what the next move will be. I’d love to figure out a way to light them up as a brake, running or rear fog light without modifying the stock wiring.
 

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Search the site. I think someone has previously made rear fog lamps from these reflectors.
 

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I did search and came up with nothing. There is a guy selling them for $89.
 

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gen4 forum... a little different than this mod (they used LED strips and cut the reflector differently). I like the single bulb idea here.

 

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Only searched Gen 5. 😆
 

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Maybe use a positap into one of the oem wires (brake, running, whatever as a trigger), and then use a relay to pull main power from wherever. That wouldn't be too invasive for the oem wiring. Might be overkill if you could just tap into a brake light or running light. I don't think that little light you have there pulls much power.
 

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Good idea. Certainly much easier than lighting up the dead half of the "taillight" lens in the tailgate.
 

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Really interested to see how well that LED bulb illuminates the lens 🤞 when it's on the car.
 

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No need to cut wiring...use T-taps and there’s no need to isolate the additional bulbs with the low draw from the LEDs....add a soldered splice to the new socket assemblies to extend the wiring to tap into the brake light Wires... it’s a great idea
 

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For those looking to add lighting...use caution ordering from a supplier called subispeed. I had nothing but trouble with their rear bumper light kit for my Forester and then had TERRIBLE trouble dealing with zero customer service. By the time 12 months had passed, all of the LEDs in my rear bumper lights had failed, the first failure was just 7 days after install.
 

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Years ago they had a good reputation. C'est la vie. I'm waiting on Diode Dynamics usual 4th of July sale to order LED's for this project. I thinking about going dual LED's. One lower light for running and a brighter one for brake/turn. Most parts are on order.
 

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… i cannot find the link or post from NASIOC forums regarding how to wire it in with a switch, it is pretty straight forward though. tapping (t taps) it in with one of the cars park lights + fuse + switch which are all connected to the fuse box, i did this to my son's 16 Impreza, since here in MB although not mandatory... when it fogs up, it really gets bad
if you wire it in properly, it will work in tandem when your park lights / headlights are on - switch though would be recommended so that you can turn it off when not needed
i did order oem rear fogs from subispeed and a fog light switch from a donor subie
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