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Dome Light LED for 2003-2017 Subaru Forester

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  • SMD12 Board (118 lumens)
 
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FUNCTION

Your dome light, or single light located in the center of the ceiling, uses an incandescent bulb from the factory, giving it a yellowish color. By replacing with an LED, you can add a luxurious and modern look to your vehicle, with a cool white color, just like the lights on newer luxury vehicles. You can also increase the brightness with SMF6 or SMD12 Board, to improve the performance of your dome light.

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

 

BULB DESIGN

SMF2: This bulb has a standard festoon base, with two 5050-size Epistar SMDs and a protective cover for added durability and style. Direct replacement, plug and play.

SMF6: Standard festoon base, with six 5050-size Epistar SMD chips arranged on a rectangular panel. Direct replacement, plug and play.

SMD12 Board: This is an LED panel, fitted with 12 5050-size Epistar SMD chips. Comes with spring-loaded festoon-style adapter for direct installation. Plug the adapter into the bulb socket, then just stick the board in place with the mounting adhesive pad. The board-and-adapter design allows for extremely high brightness compared to a simple bulb.

Included in your order is ONE BULB.


COLOR

These LEDs are available in many crisp, bright colors. White and warm white are the most popular colors, for a modern look with maximum visible light.

You can also select blue, red, green, or amber to add a unique look to your interior. Please note- when ordering these unique colors, we recommend moving to the next-brighter stage for acceptable light output.

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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: 

SMF2: Slightly lower brightness than OEM bulbs, but still provides the crisp, modern color of LED.
SMF6: Slightly higher brightness than OEM bulbs.
SMD12 Board: Much brighter than OEM bulbs. These are bright!

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 31mm Festoon, also known as 3021 2033 3175 6428 6430
Year 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. Super bright Review by David
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    Went with the SMF6 (94 lumens). Very Bright and super easy to install using the instruction links on the site. (Posted on 10/21/16)

  2. Great light, bright, easy to install Review by Ron
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    Plug and play installation very easy. Light isn't brightest model but it is still at least 3x brighter than OEM bulb. Nice cool white color, highly recommend! (Posted on 4/4/16)

  3. Great LED Light Review by Kevin
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    This light is the perfect brightness for inside my 2016 Forester. It isn't super bright like the rest of the bulbs out there. It was easy to install. Using a non-maring pry tool kit helped immensely. Great purchase! (Posted on 1/8/16)

  4. Great lighting. Review by Schums
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    I choose the blue color option for my dome light due to the 2013 Forester already having blue ambient lighting near it's map lights and front console near the shifter. Looks great. I have the platinum leather interior and I love how it looks when the warm blue glows off of it. (Posted on 11/23/15)

  5. 2001 Forester Review by Eli
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    I put a SMF6 in my dome light and it's amazing. (Posted on 9/2/15)

  6. 2003 Subaru Forester dome lights Review by Nathan
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    I installed these lights a couple weekends ago. I noticed it didn't light up so I rotated it and it lit up. I can see the light when I unlock my car at the end of a 10 pm shift through tinted windows (20%) which is pretty impressive since it is dark. When I leave doors open for extended periods of time I still cannot feel any heat from the lights. I am really impresses at the build quality of the LED's. If you want to do something once and right go with Diode Dynamics. I have yet to see any unwanted characteristics of these lights yet. (Posted on 8/27/15)

  7. Looks great Review by Alan
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    I bought a kit with trunk bay, license plate, map, dome, and puddle lights for my Subaru. Everything installed easily and works and looks great. Very happy. (Posted on 8/16/15)

  8. Outstanding light Review by James
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    I used the cool white SMF6 bulb and I could not be happier. Love the color and much brighter than the OEM, but not too bright. Very happy with this choice. (Posted on 5/17/15)

  9. 2015 Forester Cool White SMF6 Review by SeanyD78
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    The difference is night and day, literally. I love the brightness of them. The interior is now as bright as daylight. My fiance got in and was blinded. She said they were "too bright". (Posted on 4/21/15)

  10. Stage 2 dome light I love it Review by Moe
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    I install it with one hand because I have on shoulder slings I use a screwdriver and my right hand to install it . it was very easy (Posted on 3/31/15)

  11. Excellent product, delivers useful amount of light Review by Julius
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    I ordered the cool white (6000K) SMF6, 94 lumen lamp for a 2015 Forester 2.5i Limited. Using the pry tools I bought off of Amazon, it was easy to remove the dome light cover and swap out the incandescent lamp for the LED lamp. The LEDs even have the same soft start, soft off as the incan when you turn off the engine and remove the key. (Posted on 2/22/15)

  12. I may spend more time in the back seat now Review by Barry
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    I love how easy this stuff is for a regular dude like me. Amazing results for little effort. Value is off the charts! Thanks DD!! (Posted on 2/14/15)

  13. Cool White SMF6 Review by bobbyp
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    Simple 45 second install, in my own personal opinion just enough light without being blinding. Much better than stock because when you need light, the stock bulb just doesn't cut it. (Posted on 2/1/15)

  14. Stage 2 SMF6 cool white Review by redforest
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    Installed a new dome light fixture for 2014 Forester cargo area, this was the brightest plug and play LED that fits inside the fixture, 94 lumens lights up the rear cargo area fine. Satisfied customer thanks (Posted on 1/26/15)

  15. Let there be Light Review by Rusty
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    Replaced the dome lights in both of our Foresters over the weekend. Leaving work in the dark today gave me the first chance to see what the difference the changeout made over the standard bulb. Much brighter with even lighting throughout the cabin area. I'm sold. (Posted on 1/6/15)

  16. Stage 2 SMF6 Cool White Review by neally_boy
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    I bought the SMF6 Cool White for my 2011 Subaru Forester XT to replace my OEM dome light and I have to say it makes a huge difference. The installation is very simple, just pop off the plastic cover, remove the old bulb, and install the led bulb. The light is so bright that it lights up the entire back seats but not so bright to be harsh in the eyes. I'm glad I went with the stage 2 as I believe that stage 3 might be overwhelming. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  17. fast shipping, great product Review by Ricky
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    First thing is I received this product within 3 days of ordering. Second thing is the product is really well made, bought ones from ebay before and those were made badly. Diode dynamics are so well made I would think it was oem. Install was easy and took me 40 seconds. 20 seconds was me popping off the dome plastic with the flat head part of the tool they gave for FREE! took out old bulb and put theres in and it fit perfectly. Put back on the plastic dome cover and im all done. Now to suggest it to my friends and show em to people at car meets. (Posted on 9/29/14)

  18. Cool white stage 2 Review by rocketman
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    Cool white stage 2 is a huge improvement over the oem bulb. I think stage 2 provides excellent illumination without being overly bright. (Posted on 8/25/14)

  19. What a difference Review by Patrick
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    Purchased stage 2 white LED,... It was probably twice as bright as the OEM,.. really happy with the purchase now I can see clearly inside my car,.... (Posted on 8/8/14)

  20. Great, but stick with stage 2s Review by techsetter
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    I originally got this in cool white stage 3 for my 2015 Forester. The light was difficult to fit in straight with the cover on, and produced both cool white and yellow splotches.

    Diode Dynamics quickly shipped out a replacement stage 2 cool white, and once I got that installed it was terrific. (Posted on 8/7/14)

  21. Stage 2 Review by Tyler
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    I bought stage 2 cool white. It is slightly brighter than I expected, but it's not bad at all. Very easy to install. (Posted on 8/3/14)

  22. Big upgrade over OEM Review by Chucker
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    Cool white Stage 2 in an 09 Forester. I can actually see things now when I open the door or unlock the doors! If you get only one product from Diode Dynamics, this is the one you need. (Posted on 6/12/14)

  23. Excellent Product Review by andrew
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    Stage 2: Bright dome light. Hardest part was removing the cover to the dome light, install took only a matter of seconds. Performs perfectly. Definitely recommend. (Posted on 5/28/14)

  24. Awesome Review by Taylor
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    Holy crap this light is bright! It is the perfect color, and it lights up the majority of the car with ease. (Posted on 5/18/14)

  25. Great, but red isn't bright enough Review by Adrian
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    Ordered Red Stage 3 dome lights (SMD12 Board 118 Lumen)
    Installation was very easy, really as simple as plug-and-play!

    I was a little disappointed with how much light was able to penetrate through the plastic light cover. Red light was easy enough to find items on the back seats. But with people inside, the light did not penetrate to the floor. Again this was probably my fault as red light is on the lower end of the visible spectrum.

    Also the SMD12 118 lumen has a board setup instead of a bulb-type fitting. This forced me to offset the board on one side of the lamp housing with the provided adhesive and make for an alien-esque look 12-point red spots coming from my dome housing. I think this 12-point discrete illumination will be a problem of all SMD12 Board type lights regardless of color so keep that in mind.

    I will say the stage 3 red color looks awesome from the outside looking inside from any direction.... that red glow is really eye catching. I am still thoroughly pleased with the quality of materials and customer service so I will be ordering more dome lights, but with a stage 2 different color to help with floor visibility if you drop something back there. (Posted on 5/9/14)

  26. red dome Review by Ryan
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    Got these LEDs in red, and they look great at night! (Posted on 4/22/14)

  27. Stage 2 Warm White. Easy upgrade Review by Karim
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    Very easy to replace the OEM bulbs. No issues with installation, and brightness is just as desired. (Posted on 4/8/14)

  28. Stage 2 Dome 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. They make a great product, strongly recommend to anyone who wants to improve the interior lighting.

    Stage 2 Dome Light 2010 Forester XT (Posted on 3/21/14)

  29. Great product Review by Tim
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    Purchased stage 2. Extremely easy swap out and a real improvement of the light inside. Highly recomend (Posted on 3/9/14)

  30. Great replacement Review by visionviper
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    I replaced the dome light on my '14 Forester with stage 1 white lights. I can definitely say the white looks so much cleaner than the yellow tinted incandescent bulbs. I also personally think the ones that come with the car are a little too bright, which is why I picked stage 1 over stage 2. 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.

    One thing I did notice was that the LED package is wider than the incandescent bulb. The metal forks/plates on either side of the bulb definitely had to be pushed wider for me to put the bulb in. It doesn't seem like something that will cause a problem, but I thought it would be something to note. (Posted on 1/27/14)

  31. Stage 2 is perfect Review by Danh
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    Purchased the Stage 2 White LED Dome light for my 2014 Forester XT. The OEM lighting is very dim and frustrating. The new white color is brilliant and probably puts out more light on its own than ALL of the stock lighting combined.
    Highly recommended upgrade (Posted on 1/27/14)

  32. Stage 2-- perfect Review by avery907
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    Purchased the Stage 2 White LED Dome light for my 2014 Forester XT. The stock lighting is very dim and frustrating. The new white color is brilliant and probably puts out more light on its own than ALL of the stock lighting combined. Highly recommended upgrade. Especially if you have the Approach light on your side mirrors; it matches perfectly. (Posted on 1/18/14)

  33. Excellent Dome Light Review by Percy
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    Easily installed and bright enough for Dome Light function. Installed in a 2011 XS Premium Forester. Highly recommended. (Posted on 1/7/14)

  34. Great! Review by Scooby
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    I used these LEDs in my 1998 Subaru Forester S. Fit perfectly! I used stage 2, slightly brighter than stock but not too bright. Just right, and gives off a slight blue hue. Would purchase again. (Posted on 1/4/14)

  35. Great Product Review by Rob
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    Installed Stage 1 on my '01 Forester. Great light coverage, not to weak, not too bright for me. Just right. (Posted on 11/3/13)

  36. What a difference! Review by Lonnie
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    I just installed a white Stage 2 lamp in my '10 Forester and the difference is outstanding. No more dark corners in the back seat and no more dim, yellowish light. IMHO, a perfect brightness choice. (Posted on 10/30/13)

  37. Great Product Review by Shemeel
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    I fixed dome (Stage 3 ) white today, it looks great especially at night, It was a 4X3 Array and a double ended connector which fits the bulb holder. easy install :-) (Posted on 10/6/13)

  38. Exactly as expected Review by Ruby Subie
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    These fit in just like the originals, and produced results pretty much as shown in the online images. No issues. You do have to put them in the "right" way around, but there's only one way to get it wrong ;-) I put in red, astronomers do this to avoid ruining their night vision. (Posted on 9/27/13)

  39. Very clean Review by Matt
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    I love these, I snapped some stage 2 into the dome no problem and love how clean and white the light is, highly recommend. (Posted on 9/23/13)

  40. Great lighting solution Review by SNWKNG
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    I went with stage 2 white and I like the look of them and the illumination. I notice that it is a little bit darker than my stage 2 map lights so it might have been better to go with a stage 3 for the dome to try to keep it consistant all the way through the car. I know the dome is one light and the maps are two. Maybe ill try it next order. Very happy with the quality and ease of the process. (Posted on 9/7/13)

  41. great product Review by omar
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    overall a great product. Again I think the photos for this product show much more light than what it looks like in real life. Like I mentioned in another review the upgrade is definitely significantly brighter than the OE bulb but I would rather save the money of a stage three and buy a stage 1 upgrade. The only thing I'd recommend for this particular product and application is to include the sticky tape separately instead of attached to the LED board. This would allow for easier attachment to the bulb housing. If you buy this you'll understand what I mean.

    Note from Diode: The photos are a 100% accurate representation of the product in comparison to the stock lighting, taken with professional equipment on the same exact settings for comparison. (Posted on 1/11/13)

  42. Looks Great Review by Jerry
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    Ordered a Stage 1 Blue Dome Light LED and it looks great. (Posted on 10/19/12)

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!