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Nissan Altima Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in a sixth generation 2019 to 2024 Nissan Altima sedan.

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Paul B. Michaels
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2020 Altima Map Lights
Open Sunglasses Holder
Sunglasses Holder Open
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and the refreshed or "facelifted" 2023 and 2024 Nissan Altima sedan in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading both of them to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Nissan, Infiniti or related Renault vehicles such as the Rogue, X-Trail, Note, Versa, Rogue Sport / Qashqai, Maxima, Sentra, Juke, Kicks, Murano, Pathfinder, Armada, Frontier, Titan, Quest, NV200, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) map light bulb in this 2020 Altima was marked as part number W8W which can be difficult to find.

I recommend buying the similar and easy to find W5W or 2825 bulbs.

The best choice would be to buy brighter 2825 LED units that will last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small plastic pry bar tool or a small flat head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set.

The first step is to open the sunglasses holder compartment by pushing on the raised line by the rear edge.


Pry Off Lens Cover
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Gently Release Clips
Use a small flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the front edge of the lens cover (close to the sunglasses holder compartment).

You may need to remove and reinsert the screwdriver in several locations to fully release all of the retaining clips.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the lens cover should pop off relatively easily.

Lens Cover Removed
Two Bulbs Exposed
Passenger Side Map Light
Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If the old light bulbs were recently turned on, allow them to cool off before touching them.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
Grasp the old light bulb and pull it straight out of the socket.

The OEM map light bulbs in this 2020 Altima were W8W (8 watts).

If you can't find W8W bulbs, install some compatible replacement miniature wedge base W5W or 2825 light bulbs.

I recommend installing some 2825 LED units that will last much longer than the incandescent bulbs.

Push In New Light Bulb
Line Up Lens Cover
Gently Pop In Place
Push the new light bulb into the socket.

If you are installing incandescent bulbs, wipe it clean with a micro fiber cloth.

Line up the lens cover and gently snap it back into place.

Make sure the lens cover is flush with the rest of the overhead console at every edge.

Close Sunglasses Holder
Test New Light Bulbs
Map Light Bulb Changed!
Close the sunglasses holder compartment.

To test the new light bulbs, press the "On / Off" buttons.

I recommend activating the "Door" feature button so that the map lights will turn on any time one of the doors is opened.

Tip - If you installed LED bulbs and they don't work, try removing them from the sockets, rotate them 180 degrees and push them back into place. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

Please take a look at all of my 2019-2024 Nissan Altima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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