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I got an 2004 Escalade EXT that I often have to backup to park in my pre-assigned parking spot in my condo association (yes, I know, wrong vehicle for that situation, I still love it regardless) and its really tough to see the curb and curb lines when reversing. I was wondering what people recommend to increase the backup lamp brightness so when looking at my side mirrors, I can see as much as possible.

Can I replace bulbs in my backup lights like this:
http://www.amazon.com/TuningPros-LEDBL-3157-WS18-Backup-Reverse-Light/dp/B00DBEPK8E/
TuningPros LEDBL-3157-WS18 Backup Reverse LED Light Bulbs 3157, 18 SMD LED White 2-pc Set

or do I need a complete light kit like this
http://www.amazon.com/Back-up-Reverse-Include-Grommet-25108C-WK/dp/B00DENSJZS/
Pair of 2 LED 4" Round Back-up Reverse Light Kits Include Grommet, Plug Clear Lens White Light Truck Trailer RV 25108C-WK
 

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Search eBay for 3157 cob cree. They are a real 11 watts which is more than 80 watt equivalent and you get a pair for $20. I also use similar for Daytime Running Lights and love them both and so far no failures.
 

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Look into 15 watt universal HIDs, cost is high, but according to many threads on the internet they are well worth it.
I want to invest it, but i don't drive the caddy enough to justify the purchase.
 

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coustickingz said:
Look into 15 watt universal HIDs, cost is high, but according to many threads on the internet they are well worth it. I want to invest it, but i don't drive the caddy enough to justify the purchase.
I would worry about the heat build up as it would make them a bad choice as the housing isn't really big for the back up bulbs to prevent heat build up (heat=melted housings)
 

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I would worry about the heat build up as it would make them a bad choice as the housing isn't really big for the back up bulbs to prevent heat build up (heat=melted housings)
I guess melting is a possibility... But how far do you drive in reverse? They wouldn't get anywhere near hot enough to melt the housing on average.
 

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BlueAngel#07 said:
I guess melting is a possibility... But how far do you drive in reverse? They wouldn't get anywhere near hot enough to melt the housing on average.

I don't back up much normally
I do have the perimeter lighting enabled so it kicks the back up lights and DRLs on at night
 
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