Trunk Light LED for 1998-2002 Subaru Forester

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Ships Monday, October 24 if ordered in the next 2 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes!

  • Red
  • Cool White (6000K)
  • Warm White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Amber
  • SMD6 Board (56 lumens)
  • SMD12 Board (118 lumens)
  • FlexLight (200 lumens)
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Trunk lights are used in the trunk or cargo area to illuminate the space at night. From the factory, the bulbs are incandescant, lighting up in a yellowish color.

By changing the factory bulb to an LED, you can illuminate the area with a much brighter light, and add a pure white, luxury look.

The installation is 100% plug-and-play, just replace your factory bulb.



SMD12 Board: Also an LED panel, with 12 SMD chips. Due to the increased size, this may need to be mounted to the exterior of the trunk light housing.

FlexLight: This is a 20-inch, low-profile LED strip, with 30 5050-size Epistar SMD chips, with adapters for universal installation. Mounts in your trunk area, flexible and waterproof, for maximum brightness.

PLEASE NOTE: SMD12 Board is an LED board, which may mount to the exterior of your trunk light housing. FlexLight is an LED strip, which plugs into your factory trunk light socket, and mounts directly into your trunk area using included adhesive strips or velcro. We offer the Boards and FlexLight for those who want to maximize brightness.

Included in your order is ONE BULB.


These LEDs are available in crisp, bright colors including White, Warm White, Blue, Red, Amber, and Green.

 We strongly recommend white or warm white for the best visibility.

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Diode Dynamics offers several brightness options so you can choose what fits you best.  These options are listed by the design and the lumen output of each bulb:

SMD12 Board: Much brighter than OEM bulbs. These are bright!
FlexLight: Extremely bright compared to OEM bulb.

Lumens: BUYER BEWARE! Most sellers just provide "calculated" lumen numbers, based on the maximum potential brightness of the LED chips on the bulb. For example, if a bulb has five 10-lumen chips, they will rate it at 50 lumens. However, this is not accurate, as the design of an LED bulb does not get rid of heat fast enough to run the LEDs at maximum.

These "calculated" lumen ratings are much, much higher than the true, measured light output, so it will look like competitors' bulbs are brighter than ours. This is because Diode Dynamics does not provide inflated "calculated" numbers; we believe it is misleading. We test the actual brightness of the bulbs in our lab, to provide real lumen output measurements. Our measurements are accurate, but they are usually much lower than the misleading "calculated" figures. Please click here to learn more about LED brightness measurement.



LED Components. Diode Dynamics uses only the highest quality LED chips in the production of its bulbs. This means we use only brand-name suppliers such as Epistar, Cree, Osram, and Samsung.

While Diode Dynamics bulbs may look the same as others on the market, most copycat bulbs use economy-grade LED chips in order to reduce costs. This greatly reduces the reliability and overall brightness of the bulb when you compare it to Diode Dynamics.

Construction. Although LED technology allows for extremely long bulb life, the market is flooded with cheap LED bulbs that fail prematurely due to inferior construction. The worst enemy of LEDs is excessive heat, and when bulbs are not designed properly, they do not disperse heat as well, leading to premature failure.

Off-brand, cheap bulbs exhibit poor solder uniformity, high levels of flux in the solder, uneven chip placement, low-gauge terminal wires, poor assembly, and bulbs held together with inferior adhesives. At best, solder joints will crack and fail on low-quality LEDs after a few weeks of use. In the worst case, these bulbs can damage housings as the extra flux and adhesive evaporates and creates a residue on the lens of the housing.

Diode Dynamics bulbs are produced with modern, computerized equipment, and only the best materials, to ensure complete uniformity, high quality, and long bulb life.

All Diode Dynamics products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 3-year limited replacement warranty. For more information, please view the Warranty Information page.

Bulb Size No
Year 1998,1999,2000,2001,2002
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. 2001 Forester - SMD 12 Review by Eli

    Lights up trunk perfectly. Much easier to see. (Posted on 9/2/15)

  2. Excellent - 2001 Forester Review by Eliezer

    This light lights up the entire trunk perfectly. (Posted on 9/2/15)

  3. Works in 12 Forester Doors Review by Caleb

    At first I installed the Stage 2 bulbs from the 2012 Subaru Forester Door bulbs (SMF2R), but they weren't bright enough. So I called in, and the representative directed me to this, the SMD6 Red, and I got them installed this week.

    They fit, but it takes some work. I had to remove the entire fixture from the door, disconnect the phone-jack style plug, and then jam the board into the plastic piece. I took a photo, and I'll send it in, so hopefully they will upload it for me. It took some finagling to get it back in, but it fit pretty easily. (Posted on 7/2/15)

  4. Stage three works! Review by Subawinn

    I installed the stage three 12 SMD LED bulb board in my 01 Subaru Forester, and man do they light up the trunk! They fit inside the housing, it just took a little convincing and clever maneuvering to get it to work just right. All in all, I am quite satisfied!

    The quality of the light was excellent, and I expect many hours of use from this light.

    The service of Diode Dynamics was excellent, and the package arrived one day earlier than expected. (Posted on 2/8/14)

  5. Good Review by Scooby

    Used these in my 1998 Forester S. I had a bit of a hard time placing the LED sticky pad to the housing. Not much room in there. Fits fine after routing the wires a bit. I used stage 2. Almost wish I went with stage 3 for the trunk. That extra bit of light would be good for changing tires, or digging around the trunk at night. But stage 2 works great too! (Posted on 1/4/14)

  6. Love it Review by Rob

    Installed this on my '01 Forester. Love the coverage of the light. Stage 1. No difficulty in installation. (Posted on 11/3/13)

Worry-free warranty

  • - Full 3-year warranty on all products
  • - No waiting: we usually send new items out with a return label (US customers only)


You will get quick help from our trained staff for any issues.

All Off-Road Lighting also carry a limited lifetime warranty.

For further details, please see our full article.

Domestic (US) Customers

  • - Just $5 per order with our Diode Delivers program
  • - Same-day shipping for all orders placed by 12:00 PM CST (or until 4 PM with rush processing)
  • - USPS, for delivery in 2-4 days (on average)
  • - Express services are available, see exact pricing at checkout
  • - Fully Insured


International Customers

  • - We ship to all countries via standard mail
  • - Usually around $10 for LEDs, or $25 for HIDs.
  • - Choose your service on checkout to see exact prices:
  • - USPS 1st Class: 2-5 weeks
  • - USPS Priority: 1-2 weeks
  • - Express EMS: 1 week
  • - Please email us if you are unsure about shipping to your country.

You will receive updates from our site when your order is shipped, along with a unique shipment number to ensure that your order is correctly accounted for. This allows you to easily reply to us if you have any concerns.

Whether your order is big or small, it is tested through many run cycles, and each bulb is tested before shipment. Every single bulb. Every time. And if anything does go wrong, you can rely on our industry-leading warranty for worry-free replacement.

If you're not happy with your items, we want to make it right. So we have some pretty awesome return policies:


30 day return policy. All customers have 30 days from the date of original order shipment to return items.

Full refund, no fees. At Diode Dynamics, we offer free returns. That means no restocking fees, no administrative fees, and no hassle!

 Free return label. If your original order was over $50, you get a free return label for your items (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, you can send the items back through your preferred method.


Within 30 days: If your original order was over $50, you can get new items shipped to you with a return label (US customers only). If your order was less than $50 or international, we can send you the new items first, but you are responsible for returning the old items.

Within 90 days: Any item can be returned for exchange or store credit within 90 days. The buyer is responsible for the cost of the return shipping, and must first return the old items. We'll still cover the postage for the new items.


Please note: due to the nature of custom acrylic pieces, we cannot offer any refund or exchange for returned custom acrylic items.


To make a return or exchange, please request an RMA, or give us a call. When we get it back, you will be notified and credited appropriately.

Again, all returns must be approved, with an RMA. This is so that we can process your return as quickly as possible when we get it. If you would like to return an item, please Request an RMA. Please include as much information as possible about the reason for return.

Alternatively, you can also send us a message, or give us a call!