Door Light LEDs for 2013-2017 Subaru Forester (pair)

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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)
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Door Light LEDs for 2013-2017 Subaru Forester (pair)

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Door light bulbs are used to illuminate the step area when your doors are opened. From the factory, the bulbs are incandescent, lighting up in a yellowish color.

Newer luxury cars use LED modules to illuminate this area with a cool, white light. By changing your door light bulbs to LED, you can easily add this luxury look to your vehicle, while improving brightness for increased function and performance.

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



SMD2. 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 including White, Warm White, Blue, Red, Amber, and Green.

 We strongly recommend white or warm white for maximum visibility.

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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 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!

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 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. Perfect Match for Mirror Lights Review by SeanyD78

    I have the Mirror lights on my 2015 Forester. They have as nice crisp white light, but the stock door lights were very yellow. I ordered these to replace the stock lights. they are a perfect match. They are very bright and produce a nice crisp white light. Now when I open my doors, I have very nice white illumination instead of the old muddles yellow from the stock bulbs. The shipping was fast and as always, a great quality product and service. (Posted on 10/3/16)

  2. Great light, easy to install Review by Ron

    Plug and play installation very easy. Light is slightly brighter than OEM bulb. Nice cool white color, highly recommend! (Posted on 4/4/16)

  3. Great product Review by James

    I ordered the HP3 bulbs and they are great. Pried off the door covers, removed the old bulbs, plugged in the new one's. That's it. So easy. The led' s are much brighter and the cool white color is a big improvement. Both door lights together took me less than 5 minutes and I love the new look. Very happy with this product. (Posted on 5/19/15)

  4. great product Review by nick

    i have a 2012 forester and got the hp3 they were bright but i wanted brighter so i got the sm6 wow they are bright it is a tight fit putting them in the doors but they broadcast very nicely and are super bright (Posted on 3/5/15)

  5. Easy to install, good amount of light Review by Jay

    I ordered the cool white (6000K) HP3 (56 lumen) lamps. Using a pry tool, I easily popped off the door light covers. The hardest step was pulling out the incandescent bulbs from their holders since the lights were on and getting a bit hot. Installation of the HP3 lamps was easy -- just push them into the bulb holders. I didn't have to adjust the lamp's metal contacts or anything like that. Pushed the light covers back in to finish the job. (Posted on 2/22/15)

  6. SMD9 cool white Review by Ken

    On camera, the SMD9 doesn't look too much different than the stock white/yellow light, but it is a lot brighter in person. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  7. Awesome Review by techsetter

    Got the cool white Stage 3s for my 2015 forester. What can I say? These are awesome. They are a huge improvement over the OEM yellow light. Definitely makes the car look nice at night. (Posted on 8/7/14)

  8. Satisfied Review by Patrick

    Was afraid to buy these, not knowing how they're gonna turn out but I was very pleased with the outcome..... made a huge difference than the OEM door lights.... (Posted on 8/3/14)

  9. SMD 9 2015 Subaru Forester Review by Terry

    These make a noticeable difference in what you can see on the ground under the door. I have gravel in my parking spot and when I installed one side I compared it to the stock light on the other side and again the cool white showed more detail of what was on the ground than the stock light, it also lit up a slightly wider area than the stock light. These will definitely be useful on cold dark winter days when getting out of the car, and also match the LED courtesy lights I have built into my mirror from the factory. (Posted on 7/13/14)

  10. World difference Review by Adrian

    Picked up stage 3 white door lights and couldn't be happier. I'm out in the forest a bunch in the Northwest and the days are short with LOTS of rain. I mainly got these so when I venture out at night on forest roads I can see what I'm stepping in when I venture outside my vehicle. Not only does the light distribute equally in all directions, but it's a very clean look so it's very obvious when you're about to step in puddles.

    I noticed a huge difference from OEM to stage 3. Some have said stage 2 was not as noticeable but for me stage 3 is great. Think you may have to jack up your car at night? Well with stage 3 you'll easily be able to see under the vehicle to find the lip, or check your undercarriage for damage (hopefully you never have to!).

    I'm glad I went with stage 3, they match the side mirror lighting perfectly, generous light in all directions, and it's clean enough to be able to distinguish hazards when exiting your vehicle. would absolutely recommend to a friend and will purchase from Diode Dynamics again.

    (Posted on 5/9/14)

  11. Ok, but not a big difference Review by Karim

    I upgraded my door lights to Stage 2 along with the rest of the interior lighting. I think these are the least noticeable change, but that's not the fault of the bulbs, its because there aren't any reflectors, so a lot of the light generated by this bulb just gets lost inside the door. (Posted on 4/8/14)

  12. Little bundles of awesome Review by visionviper

    I replaced the door lights on my Forester with stage 2 white lights. The LEDs went straight in without any problems and look great. I can definitely say the white looks so much cleaner than the yellow tinted incandescent bulbs. 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)

  13. Aesthetics more than performance Review by avery907

    Purchased the Stage 2 White LED Door light set for my 2014 Forester XT. The Door lights are hardly noticeable, because they're under the door panel. I upgraded all interior lights to the White LEDs, so I couldn't leave the door lights the bland yellow... Highly recommended upgrade if you're doing a full interior lighting 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)

  14. Great Products! Review by Ruby Subie

    As a member of I was introduced to Diode Dynamics. A just got our 2014 Forester in December and noticed as other members that the interior lighting was lacking in brightness. I decided one of my first upgrades would be the lighting. I ordered Stage 2 LED's and they're perfect! What a difference! Thanks Diode Dynamics! (Posted on 1/7/14)

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 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:


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!