How to choose the perfect headlight bulbs for Subaru Impreza?

2019 Subaru Impreza ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
LED
Headlight Bulb High Beam
9005
Headlight Bulb Low Beam
H11
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
7444NA
License Plate Light Bulb
168
License Plate Light Bulb
917
Tail Light Bulb
168
Tail Light Bulb
917
Daytime Running Light Bulb
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
7440A
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
7440
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)
7444NA
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
194
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
7441
Dome Light Bulb
DE3175
Map Light Bulb
DE3175

The Subaru Impreza is a no-nonsense commuter vehicle, of course, if you don’t count the WRX STI versions. That said, it leaves a lot to be desired in the lighting department – the vision in the night is simply not that good. Luckily, improving the front lights on your Impreza is as easy as changing the bulbs. This way your Impreza will be much safer in the night, but it will also look better from the outside.

Subaru Impreza Headlight Bulb Size Chart

How to find the right bulbs for your vehicle?

The 2018 Subaru Impreza uses H11 bulbs for its low beam and 9005 type bulb for its high beam. Older models use H7 bulb for the low beam and 9005 type bulb for the high beam. In order to get the highest-quality headlight bulbs, it is recommended to buy them only from reputable manufacturers. Cheap bulbs may offer better performance on the packaging, but in reality, are not even close to what premium bulbs can do.

How to upgrade the headlights of Subaru Impreza?

There are several ways to improve the lighting of your Impreza. The most popular one is installing brighter bulbs in place of the original ones. If you want to install brighter bulbs, HID bulbs are recommended. They not only produce brighter light, but they tend to have a cooler temperature which helps significantly in night driving and also improves the looks of your vehicle. They even last longer than halogen bulbs. They’re more expensive to buy though.

LED bulbs are also a good option because they produce stronger light than regular halogen bulbs. However, most LED bulbs don’t reach as far as halogen or HID bulbs, and I would strongly recommend against them. There are some LED bulbs available with the ability to change the temperature and color for those who are concerned with the looks of their Impreza.

A cheap way to make your Impreza look even better is add-on LED daytime lights or LED strips. These not only look great when matched with the lines of the Impreza, but they tend to illuminate close subjects better, like on a parking lot. They can work as a fog light as well.

What color temperature to choose?

People buying new bulbs often overlook this, but the color temperature is critical, especially for those seeking better-looking headlights. It is generally accepted that the cooler the light, the brighter the output, but things are not as simple. Take a look at the list below to see what color temperature suits your needs the best:

  • Around 3000K – very warm light. Best used in the fog;
  • 4300K – considered to be a “natural white light”. Can be used in all conditions, but doesn’t look as sharp;
  • 5000-6000K – white and clear light, almost “icy”. Looks much better and works great in night conditions;
  • 7000-8000K – these bulbs offer the coolest temperature output, with the 8000K looking slightly blueish. Choose these if you’re into the ice-blue look.

Light bulbs replacement guide

As we’ve previously mentioned, the Impreza has two bulbs in each headlight – one for the low beam and one for the high beam. Both of them are protected with rubber seals which keep things like water and moisture out of the headlight innards. The rubber seals are easily removed by rotating them counterclockwise.

However, the bulbs are a bit trickier. They are not threaded – instead, they are fastened with a spring mechanism. In order to remove the string, you need to squeeze the prongs together and free them from the retaining ridge. The bulb should come right out. When putting the new bulbs in, be sure you hold the prongs squeezed.

Before changing the headlight bulbs, you will need to remove the fastener that holds the windshield washer fluid reservoir on the driver’s side, and air filter exhaust on the passenger side. Both are fastened with a hex bolt.

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