Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 2007-2014 Discussion, DRL leds in Cadillac Escalade Forums; I've come to conclusion I want to switch the DRL's to LEDs, What/where are you guys getting the right bulbs ...
Just be mindful whatever bulb you choose to be uber careful when swapping it out, cause the retaining clip is very fragile and very easy to break. Don't try to remove the bulb straight out of the housing. Twist and pull both the bulb and clip together, then carefully detach the bulb from the clip, then reverse the process.
I tried "pure white" 68-SMD LEDs that I had laying around before changing my headlights out to Platinum headlights, but they sucked and I went straight back to halogens.
Definitely don't buy yours off eBay, even from a US seller who says they should be a bright pure white, because they're not. It's much more worth the few extra dollars to get them from someone reputable like V-LEDS. Especially since you're putting these on an Escalade!
As soulsea said those clips are super fragile...I broke mine on one side but it still worked fine as a clip when reinstalling.
Changing the DRLs and parking lights is very simple. Here are some instructions based on how I did it:
Apply masking tape to bumper area around and below headlights to prevent scratching the paint.
Open the hood. Using a 10mm socket, remove the 2 bolts visible on the headlight assembly (one on top, one to the side).
Turn your wheels all the way to one side. Using a 7mm socket and flathead screwdriver, remove the bolt(s) and clips of the front wheel well/fender liner on the side you are working on. You do not need to remove the liner, just the bolts and clips in the front of it so you can bend it backwards and reach in there.
Using a flashlight, look for the 3rd headlight bolt. It should be very close to the liner and bumper cover. It is not hard to reach. Use the 10mm socket to remove the bolt.
Your headlight is now loose, so wiggle it out. You do not have to remove it, as you should be able to clear enough room.
Then, just twist the bulbs counter-clockwise out of their sockets. Change the bulbs, and reverse the procedure.
Honestly, the worst part is the 3rd bolt, but to me it was only because I decided to use a manual ratchet so it took some time lol. If you use an electric or air ratchet it's much faster but not necessary.
You can always try the filament bulb setup like I have on the black esky right now, and if you're not happy with it upgrade to the led.
It's just two different approaches to similar results.
One thing to keep in mind tho ... in the case of both the led and filament setups, they match closest the 5000K Osram CBI HID bulbs I had on both trucks. If you keep your stock Osram 4300K bulbs, your low/high beam will be slightly yellower than the ones in my truck pics. I'm thinking if you choose to keep your existing HID bulbs, the filament bulbs will be a closer match than the led ones.
The filament bulbs will radiate a lot less heat than the leds, which is better for the overall health of your lamps, but they will not be as bright as the leds. Brightness however isn't really key in this regard because these are all marker lights, except for the fog lamps, but even fogs aren't considered critical lighting ... especially our fogs which are all but useless. So all of this is really more about the 'look' than anything else.
Honestly it's going to be a personal preference thing ... having had both I decided to go with a combination of the filament park and drl, and the led fogs. But that's just me matching the K temperature of my HIDs, with the least likelihood of a led bulb overheating, and not caring about having the brightest drl/park bulbs possible.