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    Thumbs up Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    well that sold me, they dont seem that bright tho or is it just the way the picture is taken?

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    I replaced mine in my 2008 with these from E-Bay.
    LED WHITE 2X LICENSE PLATE TAG LIGHT BULB T10 158 161 168 194 2825
    I also replaced the bulbs in the doors with LED's which are2x 41mm FESTOON DOME MAP WHITE 16-SMD LED BULBS 569 578
    Both worked well and make the car look alot better.

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    What new cadillacs have the updated lights for the license plate? Are you sure it is LED and not CCFL as most manufacturers are using?

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

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    I jus changed mine this weekend and took the car out after washing n waxing... A lot of people were breaking their necks , I even had another dts that was tailing me try to pull up next to me while I was driving to look at the car , we both had same color almost except when you get close to mine you see it's not completely black it's different ,bottom line switching my bulbs was a good investment,

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    I just did mine with the LED's from the auction link posted on the previous page. I used a set of needle nosed pliers just to loosen the bolt that held the light's housing in place, but it was all doable by hand from there; only took about ten minutes. Here's a comparison with the LED on the left, the factory light on the right:

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    Yeah, I did. Like the guy earlier, I got mine from super bright LEDs . They just barely fit, got the brightest ones that would go in $6.95 each but I really like the result.

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    Quote Originally Posted by tightwad View Post
    yes, I did this a few weeks ago on my 2007. I bought mine from the website below. They have a lot of tech info and a bulb finder by vehicle. I also did the trunk light and the door courtesy lights. You can find other posts on how to do the door lights. It's a little tricky. The license bulb holders have some reinforcing ribs inside. I had to grind mine out with a dremel tool. Not a big deal. They work great, but next time, I may get a slightly brighter bulb. I bought the $5.95 bulbs. Going up a buck or two gets you more selection on output. But the pure white color is way cool.

    http://www.superbrightleds.com/
    Can you tell me how you get to the bulb in the door courtesy lights?

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    Pop the clear lens off with a small flat screw driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueAngel#07
    Yeah, I did. Like the guy earlier, I got mine from super bright LEDs . They just barely fit, got the brightest ones that would go in $6.95 each but I really like the result.


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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    I replaced my 2007 plate lights with LEDs from an internet site. They fit perfectly and look 100% better than the old incandescent bulbs. Just google it...

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    I ordered mine from ijdmtoy.com. They fit my 07 dts perfectly. About $18 with shipping.

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    Both of the pictures in this post illustrate exactly why I don't like replacing incandescent bulbs with LED's. They just do not illuminate as well or as evenly. Laws of conservation apply, power in (watts) equals power out (lumens).

    I hate that it is getting impossible to find a quality flashlight with incandescent bulbs any more. To get the same power and light quality as a $10 incandescent maglight you need to get an $80 LED flashlight, and then it draws so much power it doesn't have any more run time than the incandescent bulb did. As a volunteer firefighter I have learned that when it gets down to it LED's don't come close to performing as well as incandescent. If you throw in dollar for dollar the disparity is worse.

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    I just replaced mine with LED bulbs I got at Batteries Plus (they now sell light bulbs). They had 2 types of LED bulbs there that are replacements for 194 bulbs (both packages say that they replace 194 bulbs). The first type was a base with LEDs that face straight out (looks cut off) and the other type had a multi-directional set-up coming out of the base (all told; a little larger than the 194 bulb it replaces). I got the multi-directional bulbs. They BARELY fit ... they go about 99.9% of the way in and rub that last .1% ... but I did not feel that I had to damage anything to get it installed fully. They look good ... I'm happy with the result.

    They were $6.99 each, so $13.98 out-the-door ... no shipping costs/no waiting ... and they said that if it did not work, they'd take them back.

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    Re: Anyone replace their licence plate lamps with LED's?

    With the tail, 3rd brake and back-up lights all being LED, it's only logical that the license plate lamps look the same from a Kelvin level. The look at night is much more uniform with LED license bulbs. I also think that they complete the look of a newer, more modern DTS by keeping the illumination of all rear end uniform. I am now moving to the interior lighting. I have very "cool" LED's as main lighting, but the ash tray, door and vanity bulbs are "warm" incandescent. Why?

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