: DRL leds

04-30-13, 10:56 AM
I've come to conclusion I want to switch the DRL's to LEDs, What/where are you guys getting the right bulbs for this?

04-30-13, 11:20 AM
Something like this will work: http://www.vleds.com/bulb-type/drl-fog-lights/h16-5202/5k-white-10-led-drl-fog-light-bulbs-5202-9009-h16-psx24w-1-pair.html

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.

04-30-13, 11:54 AM
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.

04-30-13, 11:56 AM
the prices sure do vary as do the instructions on changing the drls.

I'd like to do the drl and the parking lights. Then maybe tackle the inside lights.

04-30-13, 12:12 PM
I went with 6K LEDs from VLEDs. At night I much prefer the 5K to the 6K (The 6K is too blue for me), but during the day I really like how the 6K looks.

VLEDs has these listed as vehicle specific for the Escalade:

04-30-13, 12:13 PM
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.

04-30-13, 12:14 PM
I already gave you the DRL link ... this is the park light: http://www.vleds.com/5k-white-10-led-194-led-light-bulbs-158-168-2825-1-pair.html and this is the fog linkie: http://www.vleds.com/bulb-type/drl-fog-lights/h10-9145/5k-white-10-led-drl-fog-light-bulbs-hb3-9005-h10-9145-1-pair.html

You can always achieve almost the exact same 5000K color temp at a much lower price point by doing it like I did with blue coated filament bulbs: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-escalade-ext-esv-forum-2007/274949-allow-myself-introduce-myself-6.html#post3274132

As you can see in the linked post, there's a couple of ways to achieve the same effect, I did all VLEDs on my white esky and a combo of vleds and filament bulbs on my current black one.

04-30-13, 04:10 PM
ok, where should I get the blue coated for the fogs/drls/parking?

I see the LED path will be north of $300 for those 3 pairs.

04-30-13, 04:31 PM
Well, the leds are $60 (fog), $16 (park), and $60 (drl) ... so around $150 with shipping for all three sets.

The filament bulbs are $17 (fog), $15 (park), $20 (drll) ... s like $60 shipped for the whole thing.

drl: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003W38RR0/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
fog: http://www.amazon.com/Nokya-Arctic-White-Headlight-NOK7226/dp/B0064FWW3S/ref=sr_1_10?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1367353448&sr=1-10&keywords=nokya+9145

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.

04-30-13, 04:50 PM
$62 shipped for the Halogen Vs, $140 shipped for the LEDs. I'm keeping the stock HIDs.


I'm not real concerned about the "closet" as long as it's in the ballpark, I'm more concerned about the better choice in the long run.

04-30-13, 04:55 PM
Well, you know the price and you have comparison pics with them on on two different Eskys.

What do you do? :)

04-30-13, 05:00 PM
cheap me says just do the halogens but that's not going to accomplish LEDs all around. I think LED just have a better appearance. They are also more hit or miss to issues.

again, I'm on the fence. I have both orders open and can't pull the trigger...lol


oh the hell with it, I ordered the LEDs.

04-30-13, 05:02 PM
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.


lulz, there you go ... congrats on the purchase.


04-30-13, 06:04 PM
yup, guess we'll see how it goes.

Ghost Deany
05-01-13, 12:47 AM
I got mine from here. They look pretty good and match the HIDs


05-01-13, 02:27 AM
I bought 6k Drl, parking, and fog-lights from vleds.


05-01-13, 02:02 PM
what about interior LED kits with the dvd in the roof?

05-01-13, 02:47 PM
The interior lights consist of 6 "211-2" bulbs and 2 "194" bulbs (found on front door panels). I just purchased mine from v-leds.com, all 5k white for a bright natural white.

05-01-13, 03:32 PM
ok, cool.
How about the reverse bulbs and the Tag bulbs? Might as well do them all...lol

05-01-13, 03:54 PM
If you go to http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-vehicle-replacement-bulbs/vehicle/2012-cadillac-escalade-suv-/10-493-178-/ it gives you a list of all the interior bulb sizes for the Esky.

Not suggesting you should or should not buy from them, but hopefully the list is accurate ... otherwise there's also the SFG: https://www.sylvania.com/en-us/applications/automotive-lighting-systems/Pages/lrgmain.aspx

05-01-13, 04:40 PM
Vleds gives the 5k or 6k. I'm assuming the 5k to match the front?

Those tag lights are a bit pricey, sheesh.

On the interior, http://www.vleds.com/07-up-escalade-led-map-dome-cargo-light-bulbs-5-pack.html is the 5-pack, I have 6 bulbs in ceiling and two 194's in doors. Use the 5k 3led?

ok, 4 choices on vleds for the door lights? what about the mirror puddle lights?


you guys are killing me, another $130 in LEDs.

05-01-13, 04:45 PM
Interior leds are a no no for me ... mrs soulsea almost took my head off when I once had them installed in my Tahoe. Let's us just say that her preference is for the warm glow of filament bulbs, and not the fluorescent coldness of the white led bulbs. She was very clear on this issue. http://gobig12.net/styles/default/xenforo/smilies/Shrug-smiley5.gif

05-01-13, 05:41 PM
we'll see how I like them. I like them in other vehicles so hopefully this will be the same. I left the vanity alone.

05-01-13, 08:23 PM
Some of their bulbs are strange so I went with what I knew works in these trucks. I put LEDs in every possible place on my Tahoe and our previous Escalades. And other non-GM cars too lol. Usually if a bulb looks funky it won't fit, or at least with my experiences.

For mine, I stuck with the 5-SMD LEDs for all 194 type and 8-SMD LEDs for the 211-2 type. All 5k white, as I think the 6k ends up looking cheap and too obviously aftermarket. But at least they aren't like the ones you get off eBay from China/US. They advertise them as "pure" white and come in white with a strong purple tint.

And shit, you just reminded me I forgot the vanity LEDs lol. Going to order them right now.

05-01-13, 08:48 PM
Vleds are out of stock on the vanity.

05-02-13, 06:11 PM
The 6Ks are on backorder, but not the 5Ks that I ordered, which shipped today.

05-02-13, 06:12 PM
I asked for the 5k vanity yesterday and they where out of stock per her email, we'd been going back and forth about which to get.


05-02-13, 06:15 PM
Odd. Check the site, they still showed to be in stock when I looked 5 minutes ago.

05-02-13, 06:35 PM
I know, that way yesterday but I added them to my order via email with customer service and she said they where out of stock.

Maybe she was wrong, I'm sure they would let you know if they actually where out of stock.


I know, that way yesterday but I added them to my order via email with customer service and she said they where out of stock.

Maybe she was wrong, I'm sure they would let you know if they actually where out of stock.