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Putco has has come out with a new LED headlights upgrade for Commanders.

Silver-Lux is Putco's brightest/top of the line LED headlights - but as usual, they are not cheap.

We (Commander Owners) have to order two sets one for the low beams and one for the high-beams and each set is $230.00 so with shipping it's about $480.00 for the high & low beam LED Silver-Luxs. 289006 (9006) for the low beams and 289005 (9005) for the High Beams. A guy at one of the truck shops I go to said he put them in his work truck and said they make a huge difference, saying they look "pretty sick" so, I'm taking an expensive roll of the dice here because I don't think my stock headlights throw enough light quite honestly, especially since I switched over to the Spyder smoked headlight housings.

I just ordered them - should have them early next week.

Here is a link to the site for anybody who might be interested: Silver-Lux by PUTCO
 

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I got oracle's version a while back. But being LED's, they have caused some slight weird problems. The stay somewhat on when you turn them off, and flicker while doing it. Please tell me if you run into this issue.
 

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Should be interesting to see how this works out.

I know that LED headlights have come a long way in the last couple years. Up until pretty recently I was suggesting to people that they were absolutely not worth it.

Curious to see how the cutoff looks.

I've upgraded to HIR's and those made a noticable difference for cheap.

Digging my old post up. I have 9005's and HIR1's sitting around (9011).


Installed some in fogs and in lows to have a comparison vs the stock 9145 fogs and my upgraded HIR2's (9012's) in my lows.

Looks like the 9011's in the fogs may be a bit blinding, although i wasn't on level ground. I'll have to try it again and drive it around to see what the cutoff is like @ a distance.

Fogs first:
STock (older) 9145 fogs

9011's in drivers side fog and 9145's in passenger (you can see that I borrowed my HIR1's from my denali in the background)





Ok and 9011's in passenger side low beam vs 9012's in drivers side. Note the increased color temperature (often measured in kelvins) Looks the the HIR1's are more of a cool white (more pure white, than the HIR2's which appear to be warmer (more yellow)




Cutoff still seems fine against the garage door (the light bleed you are seeing above the cutoff is actually a reflection from the metal door), hard to tell the difference in brightness there though.


Keep in mind that I am comparing HIR1's to HIR2's If i was comparing HIR1's to 9006 (our stock bulbs) the difference would be HUGE

This is with no relays or any modifications to the vehicle @ all. I have simply modified the base of the bulb so that it fits in our housings and the little guide tabs in the base of the bulb so that our wiring harness plugs in.


The 9011's are available @ rockauto for ~$25 shipped for a pair. Best bang for your buck lighting upgrade possible IMHO.

In retrospect this deserves its own thread since I suppose the title doesn't really apply anymore.
 

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Should be interesting to see how this works out.

I know that LED headlights have come a long way in the last couple years. Up until pretty recently I was suggesting to people that they were absolutely not worth it.

Curious to see how the cutoff looks.

I've upgraded to HIR's and those made a noticable difference for cheap.
Gotcha lucky, I guess I'll be the guinea pig.

Like I said, Putco's Silver-Lux is supposed to be the latest and greatest in LED Headlight bulbs and Putco has been in business for quite a while, so, I am expecting these to be a major upgrade over the stock Halogen bulbs.

If the price is any indication, they should be pretty awesome.

Next week I will be in New Jersey for training and the lights will get here while I'm gone, but, I probably won't get to install them until the following Monday (Aug 29th).

I already took before pictures with the stock low beams on - I'll take after pictures when I install them.
 

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Gotcha lucky, I guess I'll be the guinea pig.

Like I said, Putco's Silver-Lux is supposed to be the latest and greatest in LED Headlight bulbs and Putco has been in business for quite a while, so, I am expecting these to be a major upgrade over the stock Halogen bulbs.

If the price is any indication, they should be pretty awesome.

Next week I will be in New Jersey for training and the lights will get here while I'm gone, but, I probably won't get to install them until the following Monday (Aug 29th).

I already took before pictures with the stock low beams on - I'll take after pictures when I install them.
Should be awesome. I am a big fan of LED's. Excited to see how they work out in our headlights.
 

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Remember you will probably have to install load resistors otherwise the canbus will think you have a burned out light and give you a warning and throw a dtc code. Since the LED pull less current the canbus thinks you have a burned out bulb. Make sure if you do install load resistors that you place them in an area away from plastic or electrical wiring etc. as they can get very hot and cause damage. It is best to mount them to unpainted steel such as a bracket or frame. I like LED's but have stayed away from them on my Commander as now instead of just a bulb you will have an extra relay, extra wiring, power supply and heatsink as well as a load resistor. Makes a complicated mess of stuff just for a headlight bulb especially with four separate bulbs. Seems like it will just add a lot of stuff that can fail.
 

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Thanks for the input bdalameda.

I read the installation instructions and there is no mention of having to add load resistors to these LEDS and I would think if it was necessary to add them, Putco would have mentioned it in the installation instructions.

These Silver-Luxs are their top of the line LED headlight bulbs and at $230.00 a set, I wouldn't expect to have to add anything. I will try them out without load resistors next week when I get back in town and see how it goes.

If I wind up having issues, I can always return them, but, I really don't expect any problems.

I've already changed out my reverse lights bulbs with LED's and have had no problems.



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Subscribing for your results. I tried led headlight and fog light bulbs both had ballasts and neither would work in my commander. As stated earlier, resisters would have to be installed.
 

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Subscribing for your results. I tried led headlight and fog light bulbs both had ballasts and neither would work in my commander. As stated earlier, resisters would have to be installed.
I'm curious what headlight LED brand did you try?

It's my hope that resistors are not needed with the Putco Silver-Luxs but if I have to have it done, I probably will. As I said earlier, I would think that as much as these cost, nothing would have to be added and the installation instructions (which I downloaded) don't even mention the possibility of having to add resistors. Putco is a pretty well-known and reputable company that has been in business for quite a while, so, I am putting some faith in their reputation.

One thing I did do before I ordered them was go out and check what halogen bulbs were in there so I made sure I ordered the right ones because they listed about 8 or 10 different LED headlight bulbs for Commanders. I would have been pissed if I dropped almost $500.00 and ordered the wrong damn bulbs...LOL.
 

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I used superbrightleds.com brand. They were 90.00 per set. I've used the same brand in my other vehicles with success,however the commander was a different story.
$90.00 a set and $230.00 a set is a pretty substantial price difference.

I am hoping that this is one of those cases of getting what you pay for.

We'll see.

If push comes to shove I can either add the load-bearing resistors if I have to, or, I can just return them and pay the 20% re-stock fee.

With a little luck, I won't have to do either.
 

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
Silver-Lux - Silver-Lux LED Kit - 9006 Pair
Part Number: 289006
Stock: Available
• Custom designed aluminum tower
• High-power Philips Lumileds with
4000 Lumens light output on dual
filament high beam operation at 6500K
• Clockable collar which allows you to
adjust the light beam
• Features Putco’s exclusive patented,
100% copper weave cloth
heat-sink
• Smaller and fully enclosed driver and
harness assembly
• 2 Warranty
*Anti-flicker not inlcuded for H16 kit
*Works on any 12V DC power source.

Silver-Lux - Silver-Lux LED Kit - 9005 Pair
Part Number: 289005
Stock: Available
• Custom designed aluminum tower
• High-power Philips Lumileds with
4000 Lumens light output on dual
filament high beam operation at 6500K
• Clockable collar which allows you to
adjust the light beam
• Features Putco’s exclusive patented,
100% copper weave cloth
heat-sink
• Smaller and fully enclosed driver and
harness assembly
• 2 Warranty
*Anti-flicker not inlcuded for H16 kit
*Works on any 12V DC power source.

Now based on the product description, if they truly work on any 12V DC power source, I would think load-bearing resistors are not needed.

Anybody who has any additional insight, please feel free to chime in.
 

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Interested to see how you like them. I personally couldn't spend $480 on headlights. The below picture is my XK with Xenon HID kit which ran me $45. Installed myself 2 years ago. The only thing I replaced was one ballest ($15). They are very bright compared to stock and I love them. I also put in high performance halogen high beam ($20). They are also super bright compared to stock. I didn't care much about high beams because I never use them with all of the LED light bars I have.


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Interested to see how you like them. I personally couldn't spend $480 on headlights. The below picture is my XK with Xenon HID kit which ran me $45. Installed myself 2 years ago. The only thing I replaced was one ballest ($15). They are very bright compared to stock and I love them. I also put in high performance halogen high beam ($20). They are also super bright compared to stock. I didn't care much about high beams because I never use them with all of the LED light bars I have.


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Yep, they look good Core.

I have already spent the money, so we'll see how it goes.

I don't use my high-beams much either, most people probably don't, but, it just seems silly to change one and not the other; part of being O.C.D. I suppose....LOL.

I'll be out of town until next Monday (AUG 29th) so, that will be first opportunity to put them in and test them.

Assuming that they work, I'll post some pics.
 

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Not sure about the LED setup, but on the HIDs you would replace that section of wiring, from ballast to bulbs with these in the link. My Philips HID set was flickering and these solved that issues.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/components/harnesses/capacitor-relay-harness-link.html#.V7yqnGWmq40

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/components/harnesses/capacitor-relay-harness-link.html#.V7yqnGWmq40

Have heard good things about this LED setup too...

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/led-lighting/2stroke-9006-led.html#.V7yr5mWmq40
 

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Not sure about the LED setup, but on the HIDs you would replace that section of wiring, from ballast to bulbs with these in the link. My Philips HID set was flickering and these solved that issues.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/components/harnesses/capacitor-relay-harness-link.html#.V7yqnGWmq40

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/components/harnesses/capacitor-relay-harness-link.html#.V7yqnGWmq40

Have heard good things about this LED setup too...

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/led-lighting/2stroke-9006-led.html#.V7yr5mWmq40
The Putco Silver-Luxs come with anti-flicker harnesses.

They recommend trying them without the harnesses first and see how they work.

If you experience flickering then you are supposed to add the anti-flicker harnesses.
 

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O.K. I installed these Putco Silver-luxs today - and they work fine.

As I expected, no load-bearing resistors are needed and I am not receiving any system errors or warnings.

The extra wiring, anti-flicker harness & extra braiding was kind of a pain to tie-wrap in place.

I'll take some pics tonight.

I may have to re-adjust the lights because they have set screws so you can adjust the orientation of how the LED sits in the headlight housing and right now, they are not orientated the same.
 
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