How to choose the best headlights for Subaru WRX?

2019 Subaru Wrx ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
LED
Headlight Bulb High Beam
9005
Headlight Bulb Low Beam(with LED headlights)
LED
Headlight Bulb Low Beam(with halogen headlights)
H11
Fog Light Bulb Front(with LED headlights)
LED
Fog Light Bulb Front(with eyesight package (steering responsive fog))
H11 LED
Fog Light Bulb Front(with eyesight package (steering responsive fog))
H16 LED
Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb
LED
Brake Light Bulb
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
7440A
License Plate Light Bulb
168
License Plate Light Bulb
917
Tail Light Bulb
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
7440A
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
921
Parking Light Bulb(with LED headlights)
LED
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
168NA
Side Marker Light Bulb Rear
168NA
Parking Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)
168
Parking Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)
917
Daytime Running Light Bulb(with LED headlights)
LED
Daytime Running Light Bulb(with halogen headlights)
9005
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
168
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
917
Dome Light Bulb
DE3175
Map Light Bulb
DE3175

The Subaru WRX is an icon by now. What started as an economy vehicle, today is recognized as an ultimate driving machine that can tackle almost any type of surface. Think of it as a rally car for the road. With all that performance and excellent driving dynamics, you will surely need good lighting to make the most out of the driving experience.

The Subaru WRX is not a champion in the headlight department, but luckily, they can be improved with a new set of bulbs, completely new headlights, or even rally-style lights in the front. Here we’re going to talk about all the lighting options for the WRX available, starting from the bulbs themselves, and onto more expensive options.

Subaru WRX Headlight Bulb Size Chart

How to find the right headlight bulbs for Subaru WRX?

If you’re only shopping for new bulbs for your headlights, like for example yours are broken, then you should look for H11 bulbs for the low beam and 9005 bulbs for the high beam. That said, it is recommended that you check in your owner’s manual before buying a new set of bulbs so you can be sure that they fit your WRX headlights.

How to upgrade the headlights on the Subaru WRX?

The easiest thing to do is to buy more powerful halogen bulbs and call it a day. Just be sure that you buy them from reputable manufacturers, as most cheap bulbs don’t produce enough light and won’t last as long. That said, the improvements made by new halogen bulbs will be minimal at best and the difference will not be immediately obvious.

In order to have more powerful front lights, our recommendation is HID bulbs, or better known as Xenon bulbs. These bulbs are more powerful than their halogen counterparts and last for longer. However, they are also more expensive and are only available as HID headlight kits, with different wiring, connectors etc.

LED bulbs are also an option in the last few years. In our opinion, they do have more powerful light, consume less energy and are not very expensive, but most of them don’t work very well with the existing headlight design and the light doesn’t reach as far. The best thing about these bulbs is that they can produce a variety of colors, with models with full RGB spectrum available. If you want cool headlights, this is the best option.

Happily, there are full aftermarket headlights for the WRX available – both bi-Xenon (low and high beam) and full-LED headlights. These illuminate the road much better than OEM headlights and most of them look much better, giving your WRX even sportier appearance.

Another great option that’s available specifically for the WRX are rally headlights. These are powerful headlights that are installed in the middle of the grill and which give additional lighting that works great in very dark conditions.

Subaru WRX light bulbs replacement guide

Removing the headlight bulbs on the Subaru WRX is a very easy task and you should do it in no time. However, you first need to make sure which bulbs are out before replacing them – put on the low beam lights first, and then the high beam lights. In case of full headlight replacement, we recommend going to a mechanic, as not only the removal of the headlights is a bit more technical, but most of them require new wiring and some additional electronic parts to be used.

If you only replace your bulbs, the 9005 is the easier part of the replacement. Just follow these steps:

  • Remove the rubber cover by twisting counterclockwise
  • Unplug the wiring assembly by squeezing from the sides
  • Remove the bulb by twisting

As for the H11 bulbs, follow these steps:

  • Twist the ribs of the cup with channel lock pliers
  • Remove the red wire which is connected to the bulb
  • Press down the keeper spring with a flat screwdriver
  • Grab the bulb by the spade terminal on the back

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