Sidemarker LEDs for 1998-2016 Subaru Forester (pair)

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  • Red
  • Cool White (6000K)
  • Warm White
  • Amber
  • SMD1 (16 lumens)
  • SMD2 (24 lumens)
  • HP3 (56 lumens)
  • HP5 (92 lumens)
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Sidemarker LEDs for 1998-2016 Subaru Forester (pair)

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Sidemarker, corner, or indicator LED bulbs will add a nice touch to the exterior of the vehicle, by providing a true red or amber color rather than a washed-out color created by factory incandescent bulbs.

The yellowish color of the factory bulb shines through the red or amber lens to create a light yellow or orangish color. By using true red and amber LEDs, you will achieve a crisp, vibrant color.

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


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.


These LEDs are available in crisp, bright colors of amber, red, or white. Choose the color to match your reflector- usually there is a pair of amber bulbs in the front, and a pair of red in the rear.

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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:

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.



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
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Sidemarkers
  1. Sidemarker LEDs for 1998-2016 Subaru Forester Review by 2011Forester

    I added the HP5 bulbs in cool white as replacements for the front marker lights on a 2011 Subaru Forester. These bulbs are very bright. The cool white is in significant contrast to the adjacent halogen low/high/DRL bulbs so perhaps in hindsight I should have selected a warmer white color. None the less I am very pleased with the bulbs, fitment and brightness. Having now installed several bulbs from Diode Dynamics I knew what to expect. I did not want to risk the crap shoot of using bulbs (either less expensive or more than DD) from a local auto parts store. (Posted on 5/5/17)

  2. Side Marker lights Review by KGB

    2016 Subaru Forester I purchased a pair of Amber SMD2 24 Lumen lights for my front side markers. The colored lights seem to be a bit dimmer than the the cool white lights. The 24 lumen LED was also a bit dimmer than the stock halogen lights but the LEDs still look so much better. Happy with my purchase. (Posted on 5/26/16)

  3. Cool White HP3 Sidemarkers Review by Austin

    I started with a pair of amber HP3s for my side markers. The amber LEDs definitely gave it a more modern look, but the light seemed dimmer and darker than OEM. I swapped them out for cool white HP3s and I am very pleased with the look. My side markers are now very bright and noticeable, and still have a modern appearance. Even with cool white LEDs, the amber is a very rich color and I highly suggest them. (Posted on 4/1/15)

  4. great price and even better quality Review by

    Fantastic quality and even better price. I put these in MY07 forester XT sports and I love them. Definitely more of a oem/jdm look. Thanks again Diode Dynamics! (Posted on 9/21/14)

  5. great price and even better quality Review by wvsubarus

    Fantastic quality. Such a well put together piece. i purchased the amber ones and I love them, they look more oem/jdm. Diode Dynamics rules! Thanks again! (Posted on 9/21/14)

  6. great product Review by Frank

    I ordered the 2 led Amber lights for my Forester. Not as bright as I expected but plenty bright enough for the price! Overall an outstanding product (Posted on 9/19/14)

  7. Amber stage 3 Review by rocketman

    I installed these amber stage 3's on my 2012 Forester XT. I actually found the oem bulbs to be very slightly brighter, but these give you that "led" sort of glow, a little different from incandescent, so I kept them and I'm satisfied. (Posted on 8/25/14)

  8. Solid but leaves me wanting more Review by visionviper

    I decided on the stage 3 white lights and I am pleased with the outcome. I can't help but wish they were brighter but I am still glad I replaced them as I still think it's worth it. Buying the replacement lights in the first place would cost $5-6 already, so having something that should last the life of the vehicle is a good call. (Posted on 2/15/14)

  9. Position lamp replacement Review by Lonnie

    Since there is no specific position light listing, I am posting the review here, seeing that they are the same lamps.

    I put a pair of Stage 3 whites in the position lights. As in the sidemarker lights I chose the 3s for their 360 degree output. They are somewhat brighter than the OEM lamps, but the change in color makes the real difference. (Posted on 1/23/14)

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 Stage Series products carry a limited 8-year warranty.

For further details, please see our full article.

Domestic (US) Customers

  • - Same-day shipping for all orders placed by 12:00 PM CST (or until 4 PM with rush processing)
  • - USPS, for delivery in 3-5 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!