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Map Light LEDs for 2003-2017 Subaru Forester (pair)

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  • SMD12 Board (118 lumens)
 
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FUNCTION

Map lights, or the pair of lights above your front seats, use incandescent bulbs from the factory, giving them a yellowish color. By replacing these factory bulbs with LEDs, you can add a luxurious and modern look to your vehicle, with a cool white color, just like the map lights on newer luxury vehicles. You can also increase the brightness with SMF2 or SMF6 bulbs, to improve the performance of your map lights.

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 TWO BULBS.


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. Very Bright-Easy Install 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. Bright Light, Great upgrade Review by Ron
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    These lights are great. I got them to compliment the LED Dome and Trunk lights I ordered. Clean Cool White color, about 3 times brighter than OEM bulbs. Great to get in the car with, almost too bright for use while driving at night. Highly recommend. (Posted on 4/13/16)

  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. Stage 1 Cool white Review by dave
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    Stage 1 turned out very nice on my Forester xt, Not blinding and obnoxiously bright. I replaced both MAP lights and the dome lights with stage one, definitely brighter and more clear than stock. I also replaced my door lights and trunk light with led. (Posted on 11/5/15)

  5. 2001 Forester Review by Eli
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    These map lights are excellent. I put a SMF2 on the driver side and SMF6 on the passenger side. (Posted on 9/2/15)

  6. 2003 Subaru Forester map lights Review by Nathan
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    WOW! The map lights are actually now useful for reading maps! As it states these are plug and play and they are extremely bright! I tilted the lights outward toward the driver and passenger and I could read a book late at night. The lights create no heat and are good at projecting light to the floor as well. They do not flicker and they seem to be just as bright as the day I installed them. I am super impressed and they are super worth it. I had one of the brighter ones over stock brightness. (Posted on 8/27/15)

  7. Stage 3 Reds are Great! Review by Caleb
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    I initially got the SMF6 Red bulbs for the map light in my 2012 Forester, but they weren't bright enough to find things on the floor. I finally got the SMD6 Red as an exchange and installed them this week. They are a heck of a lot brighter than the previous ones, and it is quite bright enough to find things that have fallen to the floor now. They're seriously great! My wife got really annoyed because I kept commenting on how great the new lights are!

    If you are debating between the SMD6 or the cheaper ones… get the brighter one.

    Also, note that it does fit just fine in the map light compartment on the 09-13 Foresters. It comes with a 3M style double sided adhesive strip, and that will work great for keeping the board in place. (Posted on 7/2/15)

  8. Neat, Easy, but Stage 2 Reds Too Dim Review by Caleb
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    Installed the Stage 2 (SMF6) red map light bulbs in my 2012 Subaru Forester. Very easy to install. Directions for removing the lens cover are in the glove box owners manual.

    Even though the listing says the Stage 2 bulbs are brighter than stock, be advised that they are not—not even close to as bright as the stock bulbs. I'll be returning the Stage 2 in order to get the Stage 3. I just can't find anything on the floor with the Stage 2 Red bulb.

    Since it is a red light, you can have a substantially brighter bulb than stock and the very fact that it is red means that it still won't ruin your eyes' adaptation to the darkness. In fact, since it is red, if you want to see something on the floor, you NEED it to be brighter than a white equivalent.

    Quality seems fine. I don't have a lot of experience with these, though. Price seems high, and therefore value (which is a comparison of price with respect to quality) loses points on the rating, too.

    Incredibly fast shipping, though! And good exchange policy as long as you order at least $50 worth. (Posted on 5/29/15)

  9. Very happy with this light Review by James
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    Bought a pair of the SMF6 lights for the map lights in my 2015 Subaru Forester. I went with the cool white and I am very happy with these lights. Some people say they are too bright but I disagree. They are perfect. Love the color and the brightness. Easy plug and play bulbs. (Posted on 5/17/15)

  10. 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)

  11. great light Review by nick
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    these are great very bright too bad these aren't standard or all bulbs (Posted on 3/5/15)

  12. LOVE these! Review by B2 LEDs
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    SMF2. Oh HELL YES. World of a difference. Excellent service. Easy install. Why did I wait? Why did my friend not tell me about you sooner? I've been in the dark for 6 years!

    Not anymore... The rest are on their way. (Posted on 2/8/15)

  13. SMF2 cool white perfect light amount Review by redforest
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    For a 2015 Subaru Forester, had the SMF6 (Stage 2) Cool White in both map lights for 6 months- just TOO darn bright with even one on, so switched to SMF2 (Stage 1) lights and that is more like it - just right amount of light for reading or illuminating the front interior when opening the doors. Another great transaction with DD, received in 3 days thank you again! (Posted on 1/29/15)

  14. Stage 1&2 Cool white Review by Ken
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    Bought it for 2015 XT

    Ordered stage 2 at first, they are blinding bright. Had to order stage 1 instead. The color temp of these cool white is very close to 6500K.

    The built quality is awesome, but I have problems with the car's auto dimming feature. (see image, the long one)

    I held my camera still, continuously to take pictures. The right led light is at full strength, and the left one is auto dimmed after the doors are closed. You might not be able to see it flickering, but at least my eyes and my camera do.

    Or, try to wave your hands under these dimmed light, you'd see ghost image of your hand. When it's at full brightness, it's fine, both stage 1 and 2. When these led lights are dimmed (in general), their frequency drops and start to flicker.

    Well, these leds aren't the source of the problem, but the electrical components of the car. Product is great, (Posted on 10/15/14)

  15. Stage 2 SMF6 Cool White Review by neally_boy
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    I bought the stage 2 cool white led's to replace my OEM bulbs in my Subaru Forester XT. The installation is very simple, just pop off the covers, remove the bulb, and install the led bulb. The light is much brighter than the OEM and it really lights up the fronts seats really well. It almost feels like daylight with all the light it gives off. I think going with the stage 3 would be overkill so I would recommend the stage 2 bulbs instead. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  16. Stage 2 map light 2012 Forester XT black interior Review by rocketman
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    I installed a pair of SMF6 (stage 2) cool whites for the map lights. They provide excellent light and are bright, but not harsh on the eyes. Installation was easy. These are far better than the oem bulbs. (Posted on 8/25/14)

  17. Stage 1 LEDs Review by Tyler
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    I got stage 2 map lights first, and when I put the pair together, it was way brighter than I wanted. I just got stage 1s, and since there are two lights, it seems much more tolerable. (Posted on 8/19/14)

  18. Satisfied with stage 2 Review by Patrick
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    Ordered these with dome LED,... I purchased the trunk LED,... just to see how it turned out,.. and I was really satisfied,... really brightened the inside of my car,.. great products,.. thank you (Posted on 8/8/14)

  19. Excellent Review by techsetter
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    Installed cool white stage 2s in my 2015 Forester. These look great when they light up. (Posted on 8/7/14)

  20. Stage 2 Review by Tyler
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    Stage 2 is a little brighter than I wanted... Because there are two map lights right by each other. I would recommend stage 1 since there are two. Very easy to install. (Posted on 8/3/14)

  21. SMF 6 2015 Subaru Forester Review by Terry
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    Holy crap these are bright!!! I swear that after inserting the drivers side light only it was brighter in the passenger compartment than having the two old incandescent bulbs in. These are nicely made the soldering in on each end of the caps is nicely done. If you drop anything in the passenger compartment and turn the map lights on you will have no problem seeing where it is fallen. Crisp white colour may be harsh for some but if you need to see something at night this is what you need. Installing these were tricky as popping the light covers off, I used a spudging tool depressed the light then carefully pried the corner closest to the windshield center. The cover is held in by four semi circular tangs at each corner of the light cover which the light pivots on. (Posted on 7/13/14)

  22. Can't beat it! Review by Chucker
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    Installed Stage 2 reds in my 09 Forester. Easy install, and plenty bright without blowing out night vision. (Posted on 6/12/14)

  23. Excellent Product Review by andrew
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    Stage 2: Map lights. Hardest part was removing the covers to the map lights, install took only a matter of seconds. These lights show a very crisp light and they are BRIGHT! Perform perfectly. Definitely recommend. (Posted on 5/28/14)

  24. They are too good! Review by Adrian
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    Stage 2 white map lights installation was as easy as plug and play. This was the easiest install ever. Took me less than 5 minutes (really I was listening to a song and finished before the last chorus!).

    Stage 2 is great for providing lighting along the front cabin and floor, some generously spills into the back seating area. I'm really in love with how clean the light shows the interior cabin. Stage 2 are significantly brighter than OEM, almost too bright. Personally I do a lot of night driving and a couple hours of night adjusted eyes could be ruined by turning these things on. What I've done to help is turning on the passenger side map light. This provides the driver with illumination without squinting too much.

    I would recommend to a friend (actually I already have because they noticed my LED were way better than theirs on the same vehicle), and will be purchasing more from Diode Dynamics. (Posted on 5/9/14)

  25. RED LEDs Review by Ryan
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    Bought these in RED for my 2014 XT, i personally liked how it lights up the inside of my car differently, it doesn't "blind" me when i am driving at night. I like these so much I will buy another pair in white, when i'm tired with the red motif i have going right now. (Posted on 4/22/14)

  26. Great update Review by Karim
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    Replaced my OEM bulbs with Warm White Stage 2s and am very happy with the result. Since the stock bulbs are reasonably bright, was mainly switching to get a cleaner light and longer lifespan. (Posted on 4/8/14)

  27. Stage 2 Map 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. (Posted on 3/21/14)

  28. Easy install, perfect amount of light Review by avery907
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    Purchased the Stage 2 White LED Map light set 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.

    The install was quite easy. The "hardest" part is removing the light cover. I didn't want to scratch or scrape the plastic but doing this carefully, you won't have any issues. (Posted on 1/18/14)

  29. Excellent product Review by Percy
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    Stage 2 is bright enough for map light function. Highly recommended. Easily installed in my 2011 XS Premium Forester. (Posted on 1/7/14)

  30. Great Product! Review by Scooby
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    I used these LED in my 1998 Subaru Forester S. They were a bit longer than the bulbs that were stock, so I had to bend the connections a tiny bit to get the new LEDs in. Popped right in after that and work great! I ordered stage 2, a very nice upgrade from stock, not too bright, but brighter than stock! Would purchase again. (Posted on 1/4/14)

  31. Love it Review by Rob
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    Stage 1 installed in my '01 Forester. Just the right amount of light. Perfect. (Posted on 11/3/13)

  32. Almost too bright! Review by Lonnie
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    Just installed a pair of Stage 2 lamps in my '10 Forester. The difference over the OEM lamps is outstanding. If anything, they are a tad too bright. As with the lamp in the dome light, there are no dark corners anywhere in the front of the cabin. The only downside, and this is not really the lamp's fault. is the spill from the left lamp into the right side of the cabin and vice versa. I have the lamps tilted to the respective somewhat in the fixtures, but I may have to tilt them some more. Although I imagine vibration over time will shift them back. (Posted on 10/30/13)

  33. Exactly as expected Review by Ruby Sub
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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 ;-) They are bluer than stock, so you have to want that. (Posted on 9/27/13)

  34. Great! Review by Matt
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    I got the stage 2's - stage 3 I think would be a little too bright. They were a piece of cake to install and look great, they light up the entire inside of the car with a very clean sleek white light, I love them. (Posted on 9/23/13)

  35. Stage 2 is perfect, I think stage 3 might be blinding Review by SNWKNG
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    Went with the stage 2 white and it is awesome. I smile when i get into my car now just because of the new look it provides with the led's. Great quality so far and ill be referring people to use these whenever they feel like switching fromt the dark side! (Posted on 9/7/13)

  36. the light increase is helpful Review by omar
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    I installed these today. One of them was defective and i sent them an email. hopefully they get back to me soon. The one i did install was easy and the sticky tape that came on it definitely helped in mounting it. The use of their LED installation tool was a massive help. Again on this one the pictures of brightness don't match reality and I would rather get the stage ones and save the money on the stage three's.

    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)

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!