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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Firedawg911, after reading several posts, I am a little confused as to which LEDs are best to use for the real license plate. GTPPrix finally ended up with the 5 LED Wedge Matrix. I thought that your pictures were with the 194 Superstars with the metal heat sink. Please advise. Since I am a novice a these things and you seem to be very experienced, will they both work? In your opinion, is one better than the other and why.? Thanks for your help. I will also check in tieh GTPPrix if I can.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    cafpaf:

    I installed the Super White 194 168 WSW 2825 SMT Tower bulbs from www.autolumination.com The reason I used this type of bulb is because the Super Star bulbs others used have the light beam coming from the end of the bulb much like a flashlight. The ones I installed have the light coming from the side of the bulb and in my opinion more efficient and have a better look.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    cafpaf,

    I used the 194 Superstars with metal heat sinks because they have the heat sinks. The license plate lights are considered a "constant on" situation because they may be on for hours at a time, unlike many other 194 style bulbs in a car (like interior dome lights or footwell lights). One of the most common causes of failures in LEDs is heat.

    No question, the tower styles probably provide a wider light field, but at $9 a pop I don't want to be a victim of heat related failure.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Thanks everyone for your advice. I am strictly a novice here, but it would seem to me that the ideal lamp would be a tower design with a heat sink if they make such a thing. I will decide which way I am going to go and keep you all up to snuff. I just love this car. It is he best car I have ever driven in my 50 years of driving experience and that includes a lot of cars including several Cadillacs and Lexus.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Everyone, for what it is worth, (I hate acronymns) still being a bit confused as to which LEDs were best for the license plate application, I decided to ask autolumination for their recommendation. I told them what I wanted to do and on which vehicle. I also told them the number of the current lamp that was being used. Further, I told them that I was asking because some of you used one lamp while others used a completely different model. Personal preference not being an issue I wanted them to tell me what to use. Their recommendation was to use the 194 168 WSW 2528 SMT Tower bulbs. So...those are the ones I ordered. I am sure that the others will work well also, but since I don't know know anything about these things, I thought it best to go with the "expert" recommendation. Again, thank you all for your input. I never would have even thought about doing this without this forum.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Justed added Hoen Fog Lamps, which look great.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    I did too, and they look better, but I am going to have to HID my fogs.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngiardina View Post
    I did too, and they look better, but I am going to have to HID my fogs.
    i also really want to HID my fogs, Nick keep us updated on when/if you do it

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Thanks for all these great ideas!

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    i also took the gm logo's off the sides of the vehicle and the cts badge off the trunk. i think the vehicle debadged gives a cleaner look, just my own personal opinion, others will disagree.

    also added the chrome grill and chrome foglamp bezels. i plan on changing out the license plate lights to leds, but dont really plan on doing much more after that. you never get your money back, i learned that from my last vehicle. cars depreciate like crazy.

    best of luck to everyone and their caddy's!

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Here is a link to the GM accessories for the 2008 CTS, Prices are OK--- shipping a little high.

    http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/accessories/frameset3.cfm

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Quote Originally Posted by badblkcts View Post
    i also took the gm logo's off the sides of the vehicle and the cts badge off the trunk. i think the vehicle debadged gives a cleaner look, just my own personal opinion, others will disagree.

    also added the chrome grill and chrome foglamp bezels. i plan on changing out the license plate lights to leds, but dont really plan on doing much more after that. you never get your money back, i learned that from my last vehicle. cars depreciate like crazy.

    best of luck to everyone and their caddy's!
    you have the black version of my car. chrome grille and fogs, debadged, led license plate light. only other exterior mod i have is the chrome stripes down the sides

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngiardina View Post
    you have the black version of my car. chrome grille and fogs, debadged, led license plate light. only other exterior mod i have is the chrome stripes down the sides
    Chrome stripes down the side? Like molding to prevent door dings??
    can you add a link to a pic of that?

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    Quote Originally Posted by Workaholic View Post
    Chrome stripes down the side? Like molding to prevent door dings??
    can you add a link to a pic of that?
    search for "next round of mods" or posts by me. I posted pics already.

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    Re: What after market or extras did you add?

    TOW HOOK!



    How cool is THAT!


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