: Question to Platinum Edition owners



quilan
04-18-12, 02:56 PM
Have any of you tried to upgrade the LED bulbs in the headlights to 5k or 6k LED bulbs or HID lighting? If so, could you post your thoughts (positive or negative) and products used. Thanks!

48Dodge
04-18-12, 03:08 PM
I thought the LEDs were in the 5k range for the platinum edition.

quilan
04-18-12, 04:00 PM
I was told they are 4300k. Just want to know basically, if it can be done and if anyone has done so, what did they use or where did they have it done.
Thanks for the reply.

hcvone
04-18-12, 06:38 PM
Have any of you tried to upgrade the LED bulbs in the headlights to 5k or 6k LED bulbs or HID lighting? If so, could you post your thoughts (positive or negative) and products used. Thanks!

The stock LED headlights are 5500 Kelvin, pretty sure you can not replace bulbs in the unit. You can really see the difference next to an Escalade with HID headlights in terms on different color (temp) of light

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A new era has dawned in automotive lighting. The Cadillac Escalade Platinum is the first sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the world to be fitted with LED headlights as standard. OSRAM LEDs perform all the functions in the headlights supplied by Hella – low beam, high-beam, daytime running light, position lights and side marker lights. The luxurious automobile will be launched in 2008.

As a technology leader in automotive lighting, Hella KGaA Hueck&Co has equipped the new headlights entirely with light emitting diodes in the typical vertical Cadillac style. The innovative headlight manufacturer opted for high-power LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. Each headlight contains seven OSTAR Headlamp LEDs – five for low beam and two for high beam. Daytime running light is provided by dimming the low beam. This means there is no need for an extra light source. This intelligent solution is only possible with LEDs. Each headlight also has a position light with white Advanced Power TOPLEDs and a side marker light with yellow Power TOPLEDs.

High-luminance light sources
The OSTAR Headlamp LED was developed specifically to meet the requirements of Hella, the headlight manufacturer. It is among the brightest LEDs for use in the automotive sector. With a color temperature of 5500 Kelvin, much higher than the 4000 Kelvin of xenon light, these tiny light sources create a light with the same color impression as natural daylight. The OSTAR is particularly robust and can withstand ambient temperatures from -40 to +125C. Even when placed near a high-power engine it will continue to provide excellent performance.

Reliable partners in the automotive sector
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and Hella have been working together for many years on a variety of projects. “Helping to create lighting solutions for automobiles is part of our core business”, said Wolfgang Lex, Head of the LED business unit at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. “In our cooperation projects with manufacturers advanced headlight designs have gained in importance in recent times. Because LEDs are so small, designers have almost unlimited freedom so they can clearly differentiate from competitors.”

quilan
04-18-12, 07:52 PM
Okay. Thanks for the answer hcvone. So is the hid version brighter than the led version or vice versa? No Platinums around these parts to compare.

MrHolland
04-18-12, 10:29 PM
Word is the HID headlamps are brighter but the LED are more evenly distributed across the road.

hcvone
04-19-12, 06:59 AM
Word is the HID headlamps are brighter but the LED are more evenly distributed across the road.

That is correct, the HID headlights have more light output, the LED's have a whiter light temp/color (5500 vs. 4300)
Here is some more info
http://blogs.motortrend.com/blinded-by-the-light-comparing-new-led-headlamps-with-hidxenon-halogen-2069.html

quilan
04-19-12, 09:40 PM
Thank You mrholland and hcvone. Much appreciated.

MrHolland
04-19-12, 11:05 PM
Any time sir!!