Most people prefer the stock orange or red but, I like blue. My 2010 had blue ambient lighting and 19+ Foresters got the blue lighting back so I brought the blue to me. I can finally install the foot well lights and have it all match.
Yes it would be very dim if the defuser was left on. P/N 66237SA140 is what I used for the cubby. As for the overhead one, I just took a Legacy/Outback map light, cut the little board out that the LED is on and spliced/soldered it into my map light housing. Super simple and it's only 2 wires. I have some pictures of the process that I'll post later on.