: The time has come (HID's)



06WhiteDiamond
04-11-13, 12:28 PM
The time has come and i am ready to order a set of HID's for the STS, i have a few questions regarding the order and would hope a few members could provide me with some more information.

1. Should i purchase the 35w or the 55w kit?
2. Do the stock projectors affect the light output? I have 8000k 55w on my Buick Regal and really like the blue look. I did notice that while using the search function most users recommend 6000k.
3. Is the HID harness necessary? I ordered them for my Buick Regal and it turned out to be a waste of money since i did not need to use them.

On a side note i will be ordering from DDM Tuning, i have never had any issues with this company and have referred many friends and received positive feedback. Thanks in advance.

eldorado_97
04-11-13, 12:33 PM
Did you have factory HID's cause you can get 6000k or 8000k HID's for your sts on ebay that are a direct replacement otherwise if you had halogens then ddm is what I have installed in probably a dozen different vehicles with probably 2 of them having problems with faulty ballasts and their warranty return is a PITA to say the least. PM if you got any other questions cause your generation STS isnt as easy to change the bulb as mine lol

06WhiteDiamond
04-11-13, 12:37 PM
Did you have factory HID's cause you can get 6000k or 8000k HID's for your sts on ebay that are a direct replacement otherwise if you had halogens then ddm is what I have installed in probably a dozen different vehicles with probably 2 of them having problems with faulty ballasts and their warranty return is a PITA to say the least. PM if you got any other questions cause your generation STS isnt as easy to change the bulb as mine lol

Unfortunately i have stock halogen setup so i am simply doing the HID conversion, also thinking about doing the fogs at the same time.

DarkMingBlueSTS
04-11-13, 11:30 PM
I have 6000k lows and fogs...I love the color

J.Chorba23
04-12-13, 12:49 AM
I just installed DDM 6000k 35w lows and fogs..color is great and they very bright. You'll be pleased. Installation is a pain in the a$$ though

5TA1NER
04-15-13, 10:00 AM
I had 6000k hid's from ddm in Lincoln. Haven't made it into the Cadillac yet but I cant imagine it will be that much longer. Those things were awesome and lasted the year I had the car with them.

Charles Warren
04-15-13, 10:51 AM
5000k looks blue as hell if you get those ac ballast. i kept 5000k bulbs and got ddm 55w ballast and now have oem color with much brighter output. Ive had retros and these dont fall short from an oem setup with phillips 85122 bulbs. I stop paying attention to the flicker of cutoffs years ago but do wish I had tsx color band or atleast thick burple like e55 maxima

scott9001
04-15-13, 01:45 PM
I put my hids in Friday night but I had factory ones I put 6000k I must admit install was not as hard as people let on

Charles Warren
04-15-13, 02:27 PM
I put my hids in Friday night but I had factory ones I put 6000k I must admit install was not as hard as people let on yeah its easy if you have a intake and dont put the bolts back in the bottom of the fuse box, just the 1 10 mm at the top will do lol. hardest thing is the city light but ive did it so many times its no issue anymore

06WhiteDiamond
04-15-13, 02:40 PM
Well based on sheer responses i am in the process of ordering the 6000k 35w slim ballast kit, is the harness necessary?

Charles Warren
04-15-13, 04:06 PM
the relay harness isnt, but the h11 that comes with the kit is.

scott9001
04-16-13, 09:57 PM
yeah its easy if you have a intake and dont put the bolts back in the bottom of the fuse box, just the 1 10 mm at the top will do lol. hardest thing is the city light but ive did it so many times its no issue anymore

I put it all back to the way it should be! No leaving bolts and no I don't have a intake I removed the bumper as required.

Charles Warren
04-17-13, 10:13 AM
I put it all back to the way it should be! No leaving bolts and no I don't have a intake I removed the bumper as required.i take my bulbs out a lot so thats why i didnt bother putting them back. and thats too much work to take the bumper off, i took the bumper off the cts when i put hids in back in 06 but its a way to get those in without taking bumper off as well. same thing at work a t.o. might say remove this that and this but when you you got enough birds out the hangar you learn to do it faster and skip unnecessary steps, but i cant leave bolts off on anything at work :(

06WhiteDiamond
04-18-13, 02:27 PM
I ordered the 6000K slim ballast set, will post pictures in this thread for future members that may have the same questions as myself. Thanks for all the reply's, I still find it unbelievable that the whole front bumper has to be removed to install the HID's but i guess that's just Cadillac engineering at its finest.

curtc
04-18-13, 02:32 PM
I still find it unbelievable that the whole front bumper has to be removed to install the HID's but i guess that's just Cadillac engineering at its finest.

The car wasn't exactly marketed to DIY'ers. I think their goal is to make it as difficult as possible so more owners just bend over at the stealership.

Ludacrisvp
04-18-13, 04:32 PM
I really believe it was all about getting the desired fit & finish for the body lines in the most cost effective means for the production line.
If you put the headlights in before the bumper goes on the guy that puts the cover on has an easier time lining it up properly when attaching to the car and there is no chance of someone dropping a headlight housing and scratching the paint on the bumper (although I assume that a suction device is holding the assembly but that can fail)

idintokic
04-21-13, 01:50 PM
I put 8000k HIDs on my 05 sts and i love the look and i am thinking i put some also on the fog lights

Charles Warren
04-23-13, 12:50 PM
^^^^ can you see in the rain???

Ludacrisvp
04-23-13, 01:11 PM
I can't imagine very well. The higher "k" you go the lower the light output is.
5000k is peak output and it goes down sharply when you go higher and not as sharp when you go lower.

curtc
04-23-13, 02:07 PM
^^^^ can you see in the rain???

:yeah: I had 6000k HIDs in my 01 STS and could hardly see in the rain at night.

eatyoursandwich
04-23-13, 02:52 PM
I can't imagine very well. The higher "k" you go the lower the light output is.
5000k is peak output and it goes down sharply when you go higher and not as sharp when you go lower.

5000K does seem to be brightest, but some manufacturers will argue 4300K is the best output as it is the same color as daylight.

Regardless, anything over 5000K is purely for looks anyway. Zero function, especially for my idiot neighbor who put 10000K fogs in his X5.

Charles Warren
04-23-13, 03:36 PM
i like the color of philips 85122 but the output of osram 66040. And i never get why would you go over 5000k or 6k(ill even accept 6) if you have projectors. The look of hi kelvins is cheap imho. And rain makes it look like your making grape kool aid