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The trunk lighting in the 2016 crosstrek leaves much to be desired, so I started looking into how I could install a flood light on the inside of the hatch. There are some great videos out there on installing LED strips on the inside of the hatch, but didn't see anyone using a flood light. So I used those videos as a reference for removing trim pieces and wiring, but installed a LED flood light instead of LED strips. The LED strip approach is certainly easier since you don't have to cut a hole for the flood light, but I like the way this looks and works more :).

So for anyone looking into options for improving the trunk lighting situation in their XV, here's an example of how a LED flood light could look/work

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Definitely like the amount of light! lease post the materials list. Gonna have to take at look at our '18 and see if it could use the upgrade.
Hey! Yeah the extra light has already come in handy countless times & working well

here are links to the videos that helped and the materials I used:

video for trim removal and led light wiring:

(just runs off the wiring for the cargo light)

video for 3-prong switch wiring:


switches: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T1JG6BD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

lights: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J5AAX5S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

wire: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D74RGVM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One thing to note if you go with those flood lights though, you'll need to use a dremel or angle grinder to cut most of the heat sink off so that it fits behind the hatch trim. Alternatively, you could look for different flood lights that are not so tall. Regarding cutting off the heat sink, I haven't experienced any issues with the light after doing that. Since it's just an extra cargo light, it's not on for extended periods of time, and therefore never gets too hot. I also tested keeping it on for 30 minutes and it still did not feel hot to the touch without the heat sink.

I'd also recommend these if you want to replace your cargo light bulb: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079L3WBDN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

here are some other useful tools too:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S62KYSL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y7YRTKT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

hope this helps!
 

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Nice! Looks great! I personally don't like the look of bare LED strips, so I used two rock lights for my hatch. One on each side of the hatch. Required drilling into the plastic, though.
 
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