HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
Like Tree7Likes
Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing. in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Hope this isn't as dumb as it sounds, but my car seems to have the relay for HID lights, but ...
  1. #1
    ky70elky is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2003 CTS 3.2 5-speed
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    5

    HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Hope this isn't as dumb as it sounds, but my car seems to have the relay for HID lights, but I can see the bottom of the light from the wheel well and don't see any ballast. I have read the ballast is mounted on the bottom of the light. Would really like to know before I pull the nose off.

    2003 CTS 3.2 5-speed

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    tp2010 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2005 CTS 3.6L Black/Black
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Age
    24
    Posts
    122

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    I think one way is to push your windshield wipers washer button for a few seconds and see if the headlights get washed too. If they do, you have HIDS

  4. #3
    nvydis is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Age
    30
    Posts
    20
    Turn ur fogs and headlights on. If your headlights are "whiter" than your fog, then u have HID. If they are the same/similar color, your normal lights. Another way to find out is to call ur local dealer and give them the last 4 of your vin, and ask how much the hid ballast will cost. They will tell u of u have it or not.

    Sent from my droid.x using Tapatalk

  5. #4
    Kingoftypos is online now Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 06 CTS Sport/Luxury package
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ledyard, CT
    Age
    35
    Posts
    7,583

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Quote Originally Posted by tp2010 View Post
    I think one way is to push your windshield wipers washer button for a few seconds and see if the headlights get washed too. If they do, you have HIDS
    Exactly, but just make sure your car is running and the headlights are on too.

    Also, only the 17" and up wheels had HID. But I won't trust me as you don't know what the previous owner(s) did.

    KOT

  6. #5
    sx54dx's Avatar
    sx54dx is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2005 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Age
    32
    Posts
    111
    My '05 sport/luxury package had factory 17" wheels without HID's :-(
    It's a little simpler than calling the dealer or compare heads and fogs.

    Wait until it is dark, pull up to a wall or your garage door and turn your headlights on.

    If they are almost instantaneous with the light output they are halogens.
    If they have a bright/quick flash then dim as the light seems to "warm up" to it's full output they are HID's.
    Give it a shot...

    (or go to YouTube and search "HID warm up")

    ~Tony

  7. #6
    SHORTSTACK's Avatar
    SHORTSTACK is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 07 CTS 3.6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    York, South Carolina
    Age
    36
    Posts
    1,488

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Quote Originally Posted by sx54dx View Post
    My '05 sport/luxury package had factory 17" wheels without HID's :-(
    It's a little simpler than calling the dealer or compare heads and fogs.

    Wait until it is dark, pull up to a wall or your garage door and turn your headlights on.

    If they are almost instantaneous with the light output they are halogens.
    If they have a bright/quick flash then dim as the light seems to "warm up" to it's full output they are HID's.
    Give it a shot...

    (or go to YouTube and search "HID warm up")

    ~Tony
    This is the easiest way to find out if you have hid's, the other way with the window wipers works as well.

  8. #7
    ndehmer is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2005 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    9

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    On the the outside lens of the headlight is will say D1S somewhere on it if you have HID headlights.
    curtc, curtc, Grenade and 6 others like this.

  9. #8
    ky70elky is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2003 CTS 3.2 5-speed
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    5

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Thanks, looks like mine are halogens. Guess its time to pull off the nose and fix some lights.

  10. #9
    odthetruth's Avatar
    odthetruth is offline Moderator
    Automobile(s): 2006 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    4,983

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Quote Originally Posted by ky70elky View Post
    Thanks, looks like mine are halogens. Guess its time to pull off the nose and fix some lights.
    If you are already replacing lights, why not throw an HID kit in there?

  11. #10
    Kingoftypos is online now Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 06 CTS Sport/Luxury package
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ledyard, CT
    Age
    35
    Posts
    7,583

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Since this thread is apart of the sticky and it answers a question on whether you have factory HID or halogen. Well for those who have a factory HID set-up, the washers will be installed and should do the following...



    KOT

  12. #11
    curtc's Avatar
    curtc is offline OCD - Obsessive Cadillac Disorder
    Automobile(s): White Diamond 06 STS V8 RWD 1SF F55 HUD/ACC NAV - 130k
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Burnsville, MN
    Age
    29
    Posts
    5,547

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Quote Originally Posted by ndehmer View Post
    On the the outside lens of the headlight is will say D1S somewhere on it if you have HID headlights.
    Easiest way to know right there.....

  13. #12
    concorso is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    5,642

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Quote Originally Posted by ndehmer View Post
    On the the outside lens of the headlight is will say D1S somewhere on it if you have HID headlights.
    It will be directly below the highbeam. In the same place, it should say HAL if you have....halogen.

  14. #13
    Wila's Avatar
    Wila is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2007 Cadillac CTS
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Age
    23
    Posts
    43

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Mine has this is it halogen or hid?

  15. #14
    jran0823's Avatar
    jran0823 is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2003 CTS 1SC Luxury Sport
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    GB, WI
    Age
    27
    Posts
    853
    Look at your RPO tag with all the option identification tag. If you have TT6 you have HID headlights.
    Argent1 and Argent1 like this.

  16. #15
    Wila's Avatar
    Wila is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2007 Cadillac CTS
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Age
    23
    Posts
    43

    Re: HID or Halogen, How can I tell without removing.

    Car didnt come with it...probably was taken off by previous owner

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting