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License Plate LEDs for 1998-2017 Subaru Forester (pair)

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  • Cool White (6000K)
  • Warm White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Amber
  • SMD2 (24 lumens)
  • HP3 (56 lumens)
  • HP5 (92 lumens)
 
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License Plate LEDs for 1998-2017 Subaru Forester (pair)

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FUNCTION

License plate bulbs are used to illuminate the rear license plate on your vehicle. From the factory, the bulbs are incandescent, lighting up in a yellowish color.

Newer luxury cars use LED modules to illuminate the license plate with modern, cool white light. By changing your license plate bulbs to LED, you can easily add this luxury look to your vehicle! 

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

 With low price and easy install, this is one of the best, easiest modifications you can do to improve how your car looks at night.

 

BULB DESIGN

SMD2: Similarly compact design, with two 5050-size Epistar SMD chips, driven at high power for maximum effective brightness. Outputs at 180 degrees.

HP3: One high-power SMD under a diffusing lens for truly even output (no hotspots). Constant current design and air-cooled base for superior reliability. Features dual contact pins and nonpolar function for easy installation.

HP5: Four high-power SMDs, under a diffusing lens. Just like the HP3, but run at higher power, with integrated copper plating for superior heat dissipation, allowing maximum brightness.

Fitment. All bulbs use a quality inject-molded 194/168 T10 terminal, with a full-size base connector and proper pin alignment, designed for exact replacement of your factory 194 bulb. Just remove the old bulb, and plug in the new LED.

Included in your order is TWO BULBS.


COLOR

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 license plate applications- the other colors are illegal in most areas. Please check your local laws before ordering.

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BRIGHTNESS

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:

SMD2: Slightly higher brightness than OEM bulbs.
HP3: Much brighter than OEM bulbs. These are bright!
HP5: Nearly triple the brightness of stock OEM bulbs!

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.

 

QUALITY

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 194, also known as T10 W5W W3W 147 152 158 159 161 168 184 192 193 259 280 285 447 464 501 555 558 585 655 656 657 1250 1251 1252 2450 2652 2821 2921 2825 175
Year 1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. 2017 Forester 6000K HP3=awesome Review by Mike V
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    I stopped into the showroom. The place is awesome. The guy that helped me was knowledgeable and personable. Picked up a pair of the 6000K HP3s for my 2017 Forester. Didn't want the next step up. These are perfect. Not blindingly bright. Super clean, bright enough, and should not attract too much unwanted attention! Great Product!!!! (Posted on 7/27/16)

  2. HP3 made for a great upgrade! Review by FXTerrific
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    Can't beat the product. Pops right in, works perfectly, and really enhances the overall look. The bump in performance was very surprising! Very happy HP3 customer here. Very much worth the extra couple dollars.
    -Thanks DD! (Posted on 6/6/16)

  3. Love these! Review by KGB
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    2016 Subaru Forester Purchased a pair of Cool White HP3 56 lumens lights. These lights make your car look so clean. Easy swap out for a great look! (Posted on 5/26/16)

  4. Nice Review by Koto
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    Needed something to separate my car from the others on the street. They look nice and clean, not overly bright. Stands out.

    Looks like something that would (or should) be OEM. (Posted on 1/3/16)

  5. Much better than stock HP3 Review by John
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    So much better than stock, a nice white now opposed to yellow. Easy to change out in my 2010 Subaru Forester. HP3 was the right choice for me. (Posted on 11/3/15)

  6. 2001 Forester Review by Eli
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    Excellent bulbs. They light up my license plate and the ground behind the car. (Posted on 9/2/15)

  7. 2003 Subaru Forester license plate lights Review by Nathan
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    When I saw a picture I was interested in this product. I found that the second brightest was as bright as my old headlights. They lean a little to the right but it is only a minor gripe. I can now clearly see muly license plate from a ways away. It isn't blinding but it gives it a new car look with the bright white color. I love the upgrade over stock! (Posted on 8/27/15)

  8. Easy and Awesome! Review by Copperhed51
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    I decided I wanted to upgrade the bulbs all over my 2015 Forester XT one pair at a time. This way I have a new upgrade waiting for me in the mail pretty much every week for a while. I started with these license plate LED's and went with the stage 2's. Install was super easy. On the right side license plate light lens, press on right edge of the lens toward the midline of the car and then pull out. You might have to wiggle and contort it a little to get the bulb connector and wires to slide out of the hole, but it's super easy. Now just twist the housing about 1/8 of a turn and pull it off of the bulb connector. Pull the old bulb out, put the new one in and test to see if it works. Mine did not so I flipped the bulb around 180 degrees in the connector and it worked great. Reverse the steps to get it all back in and do the other side the same way. The only difference is you push on the left side of the left bulb lens, but it's still pushed toward the midline of the car. I love the bright white and I think the stage 2 is great. I think stage 3 would be great too. Can't wait for my next pair of bulbs! (Posted on 6/5/15)

  9. Easy install, great light Review by James
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    I bought the stage 2 license plate lights. They look great in the cool white and seem to be brighter than the incandescent. Very easy installation. Just plug and play. These are not eve polarized as they worked any way I put them in.

    Great light and install could not be easier. (Posted on 5/22/15)

  10. 2015 Forester Cool White HP5 Review by SeanyD78
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    These are very bright. I love it. They light up a patch of ground about 5-6 feet behind the bumper. I also found they illuminate the dark areas the reverse lights do not cover in the center when viewing the backup camera screen. (Posted on 4/21/15)

  11. Excellent Product Review by Nick
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    these are great lights you don't know until you install them they are nice and clean. When I plugged in the led and compared them night and day old oem bulb is orange or yellow depends on how you see color not debating color all things aside they look great. (Posted on 3/5/15)

  12. SMD2 - Stock output, LED look Review by Austin
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    I got the SMD2s for my '10 Forester. I definitely wish I had spent the extra 4 bucks to get the HP3s. The SMD2s are nice, about the same light output as the stock bulbs, maybe a tad less, but the cool white color gives it a more modern feel. If you're looking for a little more pop, go HP3s or above. (Posted on 2/26/15)

  13. Nice touch Review by Barry
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    Clear difference, but I think my light fixtures need replacing. One not working because the plastic clips just became dust. Will definitely be a step forward when I replace them
    Still satisfied (Posted on 2/14/15)

  14. Stage 2 Cool White Review by Ken
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    Forester 2015 xt

    Looks like stocked. A very clean looking install. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  15. Stage 3 SMF6 Cool White Review by neally_boy
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    I bought the Stage 3 SMF6 Cool White to replace my OEM bulbs on my 2011 Subaru Forester XT. The installation is easy but takes a bit of effort. I would recommend having a second person with you as its easier if your hands are free and unscrewing the light covers off while the other person holds the trunk lid half open. I found it a bit tight on the fingers to grab the bulb to pull out, but it can be done. I really liked the HP3's because they don't have "polarity" you can install them whichever way. I didn't bother testing them before reinstalling the covers because I knew it would work.

    It really lights up your licence place and makes it have a higher end look.

    I recommend the Stage 3 bulbs. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  16. Cool white SMD5 Review by rocketman
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    I find these cool white stage 3 licence plate leds provide the perfect amount of light for my 2012 Forester XT and they give an even light dispersion on each side of the plate. I do not find them to be overly bright. They will give you the same illumination level as the new luxury Euro cars. The installation can be a bit frustrating, so take your time and be patient. Refer to your owners manual for instructions. Great product. (Posted on 8/25/14)

  17. Stage 2 plate LEDs Review by Tyler
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    I initially bought stage 1 plate lights, and they weren't as bright as I wanted, so I just got stage 2s and they are perfect. (Posted on 8/19/14)

  18. Stage 3 2015 Subaru Forester XT Review by Kevin M.
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    I actually like the stage 3, some might say its really bright but I think it goes really well with the car. Looks exactly what you see on the high end cars. The light spread is really good ( but that depend on the housing itself ) The color is dead on with what you see on luxury cars (i.e. Benz, Audi, BMW, Lexus etc) I'll post up some pictures. But overall I'm happy with the brightness, the color, the quality. (Posted on 8/17/14)

  19. Very nice Review by techsetter
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    Got the stage 2 cool whites. They light up my license plate area PLENTY. Can't imagine how bright the stage 3s would be. (Posted on 8/7/14)

  20. Stage 1 Review by Tyler
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    I bought stage 1 for my plate lights, and they look good, but stage 2 might be a better choice for a little more light. I've seen stage 3 on other cars and it just seems ridiculously bright. Very easy to install. (Posted on 8/3/14)

  21. Stage 2 for 2015 Subaru Forester Review by Terry
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    These lights I think are about the same brightness and throw as the stock lights but, the cool white makes them seem brighter. The clean colour really makes your plate pop and helps make the plate more visible. I have tried other brands of LED and these are much better, and brighter the other brands overheated and flickered, not with these. They are a perfect fit and the throw of the light is even and consistent, this is how the car should have come from the factory. Given the price I may try stage 3 which may match the brightness of the new luxury german cars license plate lights. (Posted on 7/13/14)

  22. Excellent Product Review by andrew
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    Stage 2: License plate lights. Easy to install on the 2014 Forester. Provide the perfect amount of light. Not too bright but brighter than OEM bulbs. Gave me the desired look that I wanted. (Posted on 5/28/14)

  23. Stage 2 - great upgrade Review by Karim
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    Hardest part of installation was popping the covers off the OEM bulbs... Owner's Manual gives incorrect directions. Once I got them off, swapping the bulbs out was easy enough, and stage 2 is a perfect replacement I think. Slightly brighter, but not crazy. (Posted on 4/8/14)

  24. Stage 2 License Plate Light 2010 Forester XT Review by Anthony
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    Very clean bright white light! Much better than stock and did not take but a few minutes to change out. Hardest part was taking off the cover to change them out,. I got too excited so I stripped the screw a little bit so be careful when unscrewing it. They make a great product, strongly recommend to anyone who wants to improve the interior lighting. (Posted on 3/21/14)

  25. Suprisingly bright Review by visionviper
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    I installed the white stage 2 lights in my '14 Forester. The 180 degree nature of them works out perfectly because the license plate lights are directed towards the ground. It's almost hilarious how bright the lights are because it really does light up the ground behind the car. I can definitely say the white looks so much cleaner than the yellow tinted incandescent bulbs too. My fiancee wasn't sure about me doing LEDs in the car at first but after I put them in she says she really likes how they look. (Posted on 1/27/14)

  26. Easy, clean, quick install Review by avery907
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    Purchased the Stage 2 White LED License Plate light set for my 2014 Forester XT. This set is more for aesthetics than performance. The stock lighting illuminates the license plate just fine, but the white LED looks far better. Highly recommended upgrade. Especially if you have the Approach light on your side mirrors; it matches perfectly.

    The install was quite easy. Just follow the instructions in your manual. The housing pops right out. Simple. (Posted on 1/18/14)

  27. Excellent product Review by Percy
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    Bright enough for the license plates and bright enough for position lights or parking lights. Stage 2 is the correct choice. (Posted on 1/7/14)

  28. Great! Review by Scooby
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    Used these in my 1998 Forester S. Simple plug and play, couldnt be easier. I used stage 1. Glad I went with stage 1 over stage 2. Perfect brightness. Better than stock and look great too! (Posted on 1/4/14)

  29. Great Stuff Review by Rob
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    Fit perfectly other than one had to be wiggled around a bit to get it to work. Otherwise, love the lights! (Posted on 11/3/13)

  30. Just enough Review by Lonnie
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    I put Stage 2 whites on my '10 Forester and it's just enough light to illuminate the tag without lighting up the whole tail end of the vehicle. I know many folks recommend the 360-degree Stage 3, but they are really not necessary.

    I had a hard time getting the OEM lamps out of the socket. A hint ... cut a piece of duct tape about 1/2" wide and 2 inches long. Put the ends on either side of the lamp and use the tape as a handle to remove it. (Posted on 10/30/13)

  31. Awesome Review by Matt
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    These were a snap to install and look awesome from the outside. I got the stage one in order to not make it too bright but the LED's give it a super clean look! (Posted on 9/23/13)

  32. Great modern look. Review by SNWKNG
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    Went with a stage 1 on these just to make sure I wasn't washing out my license plate or distracting other drivers with these bright lights, but they look wonderful and so much better than the stock lights. The yellow stock lights look so ugly... (Posted on 9/7/13)

  33. I'd recommend these to a friend Review by omar
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    I purchased the LED lighting kit for my 2011 forester and have so far installed the license plate lights. Very quick and easy installation, direct OE replacement. The price was good. As far as quality though i gave a 4 star only because I've had them on for one day and couldn't honestly give a five star without having put them through some use and abuse. Other wise i would certainly recommend these to a friend for a simple and effective upgrade. (Posted on 1/10/13)

  34. Great Products Review by Jerry
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    After getting 2 license plate LEDs I decided to order 4 for my front marker lights. They are the same size as the license plate LEDs but I ordered 2 white for the front markers that were clear bulbs and 2 orange that were for the side clear bulbs with an orange lens. I have attached pictures of these also. (Posted on 10/18/12)

  35. They are great Review by Jerry
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    I ordered 2 for my 2013 XT Touring and got them in a couple of days. Installed them but one didn't work. Did an RMA and due to the system being new there was a delay in my replacement. I received the replacement today and installed it in about 5 minutes and they both look great. (Posted on 9/9/12)

  36. Looks great Review by Matthew
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    These were pretty easy to install and look great. I wouldnt suggest going any brighter than the stage 1 because they are quite bright. I gave quality 4 stars because one of my bulbs was a different color but they quickly send me a replacement, and didn't even ask for the defective bulb as proof. This is a great company, with great costomer service. (Posted on 8/6/12)

Installation

Level of Difficulty: 1/10

Just unplug your factory bulb, and replace it with the new LED one. It is a direct replacement for your vehicle.

Accessing the bulb itself is quite easy. Usually, it is held in by two tabs, and you can pop it out from the outside of the vehicle. In some cases, you will need to remove a few screws, which are clearly visible. Finally, it may be held by clips from the inside, accessible when you open the hatch or trunk.

If it does not work the first time, try flipping it around in the socket, as all LEDs require the correct polarity.

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:

Returns

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.

Exchanges

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!