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Trunk Light LED for 2003-2017 Subaru Forester

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  • Natural White (4000K)
  • Red
  • Pure White (5000K)
  • Cool White (6000K)
  • Warm White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Amber
  • SMD2 (24 lumens)
  • HP3 (56 lumens)
  • HP5 (92 lumens)
  • SMD12 Board (118 lumens)
  • FlexLight (200 lumens)
 
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Trunk Light LED for 2003-2017 Subaru Forester

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FUNCTION

Trunk lights are used in the trunk or cargo area to illuminate the space at night. From the factory, the bulbs are incandescent, 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.

 

BULB DESIGN

SMD2: Compact design, with two 5050-size Epistar SMD chips mounted directly to the base connector.

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.

SMD12 Board: This is an LED panel, fitted with 12 5050-size Epistar SMD chips. Comes with wedge-style adapter for direct installation. Plug the adapter into the bulb socket, then just stick the board in place with the mounting adhesive pad. This may need to be mounted to the exterior of your trunk light housing.

Flexlight: This is a 20-inch, low-profile LED strip, with 30 5050-size Epistar SMD chips. Comes with wedge-style adapter for direct installation. Mounts in your trunk area, flexible and waterproof, for 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.

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. If you would like a direct replacement bulb, we recommend SMD2 or SMD5. We offer SMD12 Board and FlexLight for those who want to maximize brightness.

Included in your order is ONE BULB.


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 the best visibility.

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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 lower brightness than OEM bulbs, but still provides the crisp, modern color of LED.
HP3: Slightly higher brightness than OEM bulbs.
HP5: Nearly triple the brightness of stock OEM bulbs!
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.

 

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 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. Great Replacement-Super Bright Review by davidreilly3207
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    Went with the HP5 92 lumens.Easy to install. Nice porduct. (Posted on 10/21/16)

  2. HP5 was a great upgrade Review by SeanyD78
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    Since the rest of my interior was already lit up with Diode Dynamics LEDs, I needed to get one for the truck to match. I went with the HP5 bulb and it is a very nice upgrade. It is much brighter than the stock bulb and gives a much better view in the cargo area. I opted for the HP5 as I wanted a simple plug and play and the dome lights give off more than enough light that I felt the HP5 was plenty bright enough. I highly recommend these as the stock cargo light is pretty dim to the point of not being able to see much of anything in the dark. (Posted on 10/3/16)

  3. cargo area / trunk LED bulb Review by Britton
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    Great product! I replaced the old traditional bulb with this new bright white LED. It gives my old Forester's interior a bright, modern appearance. The resulting light seems to be brighter and more pleasing to the eye. And it was easy to install. (Posted on 8/19/16)

  4. Excellent Review by CB
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    Excellent quality and fit. (Posted on 7/3/16)

  5. Great light, 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 2x brighter than OEM bulb. Nice cool white color, highly recommend! (Posted on 4/4/16)

  6. Great Product Review by Salem
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    Easy install far superior than OEM (Posted on 2/23/16)

  7. HP48 in Subaru Forester daytime running lights Review by John
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    The HP48 bulbs fit great in the position/running lights in the 2010 Subaru Forester (and very easy to change) it is night and day. Just look at the pic, awesome!! (Posted on 11/3/15)

  8. HP5 IS THE BEST CHOICE Review by John
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    Way better than stock initially ordered the HP3, but wanted brighter. The HP5 was the way to go! 2010 Forester (Posted on 10/13/15)

  9. bright and clear Review by mk
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    Not sure why u would keep.those useless lights in your cars interior and not switch them out with these lights. Took 3 minutes to do and now i can see at night when camping!! (Posted on 10/3/15)

  10. 2003 Subaru Forester trunk light Review by Nathan
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    I was a bit concerned when I had to plug in a wire to get the panel of LEDs but a few weeks later I am still super impressed. All of the necessarily wires/ adapters were included and I had another adapter for a different style light. I can see every corner of the hatch area on the darkest nights. These lights don't flicker at all and do fade out when you close the door. I am so impressed with this product! Great job Diode Dynamics! (Posted on 8/27/15)

  11. I should have gone up a bit more, but DAMN! Review by Barry
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    LOVE THESE. I won't and can't complain. So much better. So easy. (Posted on 2/14/15)

  12. SMD12 board Review by bobbyp
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    SMD12 board on my 2003 Forester XS fits in the enclosure and really lights up the trunk area. Very happy with this purchase but one of the 12 LEDs seems a little off - lighting as three dots rather than fully on. If it continues, I'll see if I can return for a replacement. I'll post a before/after pic in the gallery. (Posted on 2/1/15)

  13. Looks great! Review by 2006SF
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    Just plug it in. Works and looks great. It's hard to imagine the dingy yellow light that it replaced. (Posted on 1/31/15)

  14. Much Improved Review by Rusty
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    Leaving work this evening was the first opportunity to test the new trunk light in total darkness. Much, much improved and the whole trunk is illuminated now. (Posted on 1/6/15)

  15. Stage 3 SMD12 Board Cool White Review by neally_boy
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    I bought the Stage 3 SMD12 Board Cool White to replace the OEM cargo bulb in my Subaru Forester XT. The installation is a bit easier if you pry the plastic housing from the headliner (which you'll likely end up doing by trying to remove the cover). After just remove the cover and pull the bulb. The led board just fits perfectly, a bit snug, in the housing. It's a major upgrade to the OEM light as it lights the cargo area evenly. I definitely recommend the Stage 3. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  16. Cool white stage 3 Review by rocketman
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    I installed the stage 3 cool white board on my 2012 Forester XT. The difference between this and the oem bulb is astounding. You could easily read by this light. I wanted lots of light for the trunk space and stage 3 has it covered. Easy to install too. Great product (Posted on 8/25/14)

  17. Flex-Light = GREAT for outdoors; super-bright; well-priced Review by Subie Prepper
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    The flexlight is the coolest and most functional cargo lighting option EVER for outdoorsy types and anyone with lots of gear they lug around that needs to be moved around and dug through to get at stuff! It not only bathes the entire cargo area super-bright cool white light, it even extends onto the ground beyond the rear bumper to some extent for loading/unloading in the dark. This isn't a reading light or "tricked-out" look (unless you go with a funky color)... it is abundant, functional LIGHT.

    Innovative product. Well-packaged, with extra long wire length to allow for invisible installation inside the ceiling panel.

    Adhesive is susceptible to high heat from car being in the sun, and it will droop in spots and need to be pressed down again. But hey -- this allows the chance to change your mind and move it around in the beginning. It's quite reasonable to be prepared to add a more hardcore adhesive when you're ready. (Posted on 8/16/14)

  18. Stage 3 board Review by Tyler
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    Stage 3 is a good amount of light, but I find the board slightly frustrating because when I set it up, they would flicker a little, so I had to reach back in and move the plug around until it stayed. The double stick pad is genius and it was overall very easy to install. Although a little frustration at first, no regrets with this purchase. (Posted on 8/3/14)

  19. Good product! Review by Patrick
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    Should have bought stage 3 instead of stage 2,... But pretty pleased with the light and color,.. not the brightness.... good products tho,... (Posted on 8/3/14)

  20. Stage 3 for the win! Review by Chucker
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    Stage 3 cool white in an 09 Forester. The hatch light fixture easily pops out with pressure next to it on the headliner - no need to pry with a tool. Disconnect the wire, and work with it down low. Stage 3 board fits with no adjustment necessary, and OEM reflector goes back on clean.
    Came back late from Memorial Day vacation, and light was bright and crisp enough to read the newspaper laying on the cargo tray. (Posted on 6/12/14)

  21. Stage 2 Trunk 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)

  22. Not exactly Review by Percy
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    although a good product, would not recommend a stage 2. Would maybe recommend a Stage 3 or 4 for better illumination in the trunk area. wrong choice for my 2011 XS Premium. Would re order stage 3 or 4. (Posted on 1/7/14)

  23. 2011 FXT stage 2 trunk led Review by vthang73
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    I bought stage 2 led for the cargo trunk on 2011 FXT, right size & pretty much brighter than stock and it's good, enough for me as per expectation. (Posted on 12/25/13)

  24. Review Update Review by Lonnie
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    I installed the Stage 3, 12-LED board and the difference from the Stage 2 is remarkable! Due to the design of the Subaru fixture, the four circumferential LEDs on the Stage 2 are buried in the fixture and contribute little. The 12-LED board, OTOH, has all 12 LEDs firing forward. Just a hint, it's much easier to work with the fixture is you pop it out of the ceiling and let it hang by the wiring harness while you plug in the little wedge adapter. It helps to have skinny fingers, too. (Posted on 11/8/13)

  25. Stage 2 poor choice Review by Lonnie
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    I ordered the Stage 2 for my '10 Forester and it was a mistake. The Stage 2 is only marginally brighter than the OEM bulb, just white. I am in the process of upgrading to a 12-LED Stage 3 board. It will fit inside the trunk light fixture. A better choice for a Stage 2 light would be DD's 6-LED board. This would place all six LEDs firing directly into the trunk area. The four side-firing LEDs on present Stage 2 lamp basically just light up the interior of the fixture. (Posted on 10/30/13)

  26. Awesome product Review by Matthew
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    Install easy, and the stage 2 lights up my entire trunk area to make it easy to see - very clean awesome white light! (Posted on 9/23/13)

  27. Nice, bright, and practical. Review by SNWKNG
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    I dislike the stock color of lights very much and I am happy to have changed all of my lights out. I went with a stage 3 on this one and am very happy with the amount of light and color. It illuminates the rear a lot more than the stock light ever did and the install was easy and painless. (Posted on 9/7/13)

  28. pretty good product, i recommend it Review by omar
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    First I'd like to say that the photos on the website must have been long exposure or used a crazy camera because I purchased stage three lights and they don't even look as bright as stage 1. That being said they are definitely brighter than the OE bulb and I think I'd rather just save the money and buy stage 1's from now on instead of the more expensive stage 3. Very quick and easy install. Fast shipping.

    Note from DD: The photos on the website are exact comparisons, using the exact same camera settings with professional equipment. They are an accurate image of what to expect from the lights. (Posted on 1/11/13)

  29. Looks Great Review by Jerry
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    I ordered a Stage 1 Blue LED for the trunk light area. It looks great when I open my back hatch. (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!