Door Light LEDs for 2009-2012 Subaru Forester (pair)

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  • Red
  • Cool White (6000K)
  • Warm White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Amber
  • SMF1 (8 lumens)
  • SMF2 (16 lumens)
  • SMF6 (94 lumens)
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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.



SMF1: This bulb has a standard festoon base, with a single 5050-size Epistar SMD. Direct replacement, plug and play.

SMF2: 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.

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: 

SMF1: Slightly lower brightness than OEM bulbs, but still provides the crisp, modern color of LED.
SMF2: Slightly higher brightness than OEM bulbs.
SMF6: 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.



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 2009,2010,2011,2012
Make Subaru
Model Forester
Application LED Bulbs
  1. Subaru forester door lights Review by MO

    The SMF6 bulbs fit perfectly in the door lights for my 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X. In fact I changed all the interior bulbs. The door (puddle) lights may not be as useful in general as the map or cargo lights but seemed silly not to include as part of a lighting upgrade. I was skeptical of the bulb design being a small board but it fit and small amount of light aiming. I opted for the natural warm since 1) the other grades of white were on back order and 2) I did not want a glaring, bluish white. Yes, there is a noticeable difference between the warm and natural white. I would highly recommend this upgrade and Diode Dynamics makes bulb selection easy. I first heard about DD on the website. No, the bulbs are not cheap (compared to typical incandescent) but much better quality than say the pack of 10 for $10 from other online vendors. The prices on DD are comparable to those for similar (Sylvania Zevo...) at most auto parts stores but good luck finding all the correct bulbs in the color and brightness you need in the brick-and-mortar stores. (Posted on 3/7/17)

  2. SMF6 Review by John

    I put a SMF6 in my 2010 Forester doors and map lights. A total of (4) bulbs. I initially had SMF2 but I liked the increased brightness of the SMf6's instead. (In white color) (Posted on 10/13/15)

  3. Stage 3 SMF6 Cool White Review by neally_boy

    I bought the Stage 3 SMF6 Cool White to replace my OEM bulbs in my Subaru Forester XT. These led's are such a huge upgrade over the OEM bulbs you'll be very pleased with them. The brightness is something you'll notice right away as it lights up the ground and the door entrance very evenly and clearly. Installing this can be very tricky ONLY because getting the door light cover is a bit tricky on the Subaru Forester.

    Installation Tip: Despite what the owners manual (which is to pry off the cover from the centre) is actually not the easiest way. A small flat head screwdriver will do the job but its much better to use a plastic panel removal tool which you can find at an auto shop. Insert the pry tool in the bottom-back centre. Then (here's the trick) slide it to either the left or right edge and twist. It should pop off with no fuss. The cover has legs on the outer edge and top centre, and once one is loosened it just pulls off easily.

    I would definitely recommend the Stage 3. (Posted on 10/15/14)

  4. Stage 3 cool white Review by rocketman

    I chose the SMF6 stage 3 cool white for my 2012 Forester XT. These lights make an incredible difference. The oem bulbs were little more than cosmetic, but these leds do a great job of illuminating the ground when you go to step out of the car. Once you install them you'll wonder how you got by without them. Great product. (Posted on 8/25/14)

  5. Stage 3 Review by Tyler

    Stage 3 is so bright, I love it! They light up my whole driveway. I had a hard time getting my door light covers off, but overall pretty easy to install. (Posted on 8/3/14)

  6. Another easy install Review by Chucker

    Stage 2 cool whites on an 09 Forester. Took less than two minutes per side. Only reason it even took that long was some mild oxidation interfered with a good connection, which was easily corrected by rotating the end cap. (Posted on 6/12/14)

  7. Stage 2 Door Light 2010 Forester XT Review by Anthony

    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)

  8. Nice fill lights Review by Lonnie

    I put Stage 2s in the doors of my '10 Forester and they make a nice compliment to the puddle lights. They eliminate the dark area on the sides of the seats and spill onto the ground, adding to the puddle lights. If one does not have the puddle lights, the Stage 3s would probably be a better choice. (Posted on 10/30/13)

  9. helps me see, looks great Review by Matt

    I got stage 2 for the door, again were a piece of cake to install and look absolutely awesome. Very clean white light and looks great with the door open, helps light up the ground and looks even better with my puddle lamps! (Posted on 9/23/13)

  10. Dont really notice them till i gets dark, but nice look. Review by SNWKNG

    Well, if the rears doors had lights in them then you wouldn't even think about buying puddle lights. Went with a stage 2 on these and they look great and also illuminate the ground quite well when you step out of the vehicle late at night. Very happy these. (Posted on 9/7/13)

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 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!