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Just received my order of LEDs from Diode Dynamics (Diode Dynamics) for my 2014 XT Premium. Couldn't wait to get rid of the dim stock bulbs that I KNOW everyone else is irritated by as well. Especially the Cargo Area lighting. Terrible place to put a light in my opinion. My order is as follows:
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2003-2014 Subaru Forester Map Light LEDs (pair)
Color: White
Brightness: Stage 2
$14.99

2003-2014 Subaru Forester Dome Light LED
Color: White
Brightness: Stage 2
$7.49

2014 Subaru Forester Trunk Light LED
Color: White
Brightness: Stage 3
$13.49

1998-2014 Subaru Forester License Plate LEDs (pair)
Color: White
Brightness: Stage 2
$7.49

2014 Subaru Forester Door Light LEDs (pair)
Color: White
Brightness: Stage 2
$11.99
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REVIEW:
Installing the lights was a breeze. Literally 15 minutes TOPS for all lights.

Just pop off the housing with a flat-head screwdriver. CAREFULLY insert the screwdriver in the seam and wiggle slowly. The license plate light replacement is in the manual. Just follow the instructions in there.

The only "issue" was the cargo area Stage 3 12-LED panel. As stated in the description on the item's page, if you want to use the full 12-LED panel, you WILL have to mount it outside of the light housing with the included 3M Tape. Otherwise, like another user stated, you can cut off a row of 3 LEDs and trim the corners to get the panel to fit INSIDE the housing. I did this with great success. It is not as bright as 12-LEDs (obviously), but it is a vast improvement over the stock bulb. I can actually see my cargo area now.

With the Approach Lighting on the side mirrors, the White LEDs are the way to go for all interior lights as well as the license plate lights. They match almost perfectly.:bling: Best $60 spent. Will be looking to upgrade headlights soon.
 

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congrats!! hell of a mod for the price!! Does the '14 come w/ LEDs in the two front doors? I replaced those as well!!! Great stuff!!
 

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There are just regular bulbs in the doors on the '14s. They're in a peculiar place, though and really don't have much use. I just couldn't leave those yellow and upgrade the rest to White LED. I didn't take pictures of the door/license plate because those aren't really "performance" upgrades. Those are more aesthetically pleasing. But the Stage 2 license plate LED is the perfect amount of light... not too much, not too little. Overall, I am ecstatic
 

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There are just regular bulbs in the doors on the '14s. They're in a peculiar place, though and really don't have much use. I just couldn't leave those yellow and upgrade the rest to White LED. I didn't take pictures of the door/license plate because those aren't really "performance" upgrades. Those are more aesthetically pleasing. But the Stage 2 license plate LED is the perfect amount of light... not too much, not too little. Overall, I am ecstatic

Yea I did all that too recently...Great stuff!! I'm in process of doing HIDs, position lights and fogs too! Looking good!
 

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I put Stage 2 bright whites in everything interior and the license plate, but the trunk light. It got the Stage 3 board. Outstanding results!

Thursday I replaced all four turn signal lamps and the stop/tail lamps with Stage 2s and the backup lamps with Stage 3s. Again, outstanding results, even if DD's version of Amber is a little pale for my taste. Installing the front turns is a PITB, as is the replacement flasher.

I have Stage 3s on the way for the marker and position lights. I went with 3s because of the 360 degree light, rather than for the increased brightness.

When those are installed, I will have replaced 20 of the 26 user replaceable incandescents with LEDs. The only ones not replaced are the headlights and fog lamps.:woohoo:
 

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I put Stage 2 bright whites in everything interior and the license plate, but the trunk light. It got the Stage 3 board. Outstanding results!

Thursday I replaced all four turn signal lamps and the stop/tail lamps with Stage 2s and the backup lamps with Stage 3s. Again, outstanding results, even if DD's version of Amber is a little pale for my taste. Installing the front turns is a PITB, as is the replacement flasher.

I have Stage 3s on the way for the marker and position lights. I went with 3s because of the 360 degree light, rather than for the increased brightness.

When those are installed, I will have replaced 20 of the 26 user replaceable incandescents with LEDs. The only ones not replaced are the headlights and fog lamps.:woohoo:
Nice!! I am wanting to do a full upgrade all around. Slowly but surely lol. I also got the stage 3 trunk light.
 

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i have had issues w/ the position lights and fuses blowing..;/ i'll try and figure out when i have some free time
Did you get replacement lamps from the supplier? The only thing that causes fuses to blow is excessive current drain. I have a hard time understanding how LEDs could have a heavy enough drain to do that. The other possibility is a damaged socket or wiring.
 

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Did you get replacement lamps from the supplier? The only thing that causes fuses to blow is excessive current drain. I have a hard time understanding how LEDs could have a heavy enough drain to do that. The other possibility is a damaged socket or wiring.
Yea I did. I also heard that someone else when they bought the LED for the pos lights, they bought a better quality one and it worked. I didn't buy any of mine from DD. I am planning on buying theirs and see if that will work. As soon as I put them in they blow. To my knowledge the car has never been wrecked, so I'm not quick to say it's bad wiring. Once I go to get my HIDs done I'll have to have it figured out ...can't have any amber in my white lol
 
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