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Old 11-25-2015, 10:43 AM
 
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I have not come across many of the new 2016 Cadillac Escalades yet but whenever I am behind one, I find the rear brake lights blinding, annoying and obnoxious when activated by the brake pedal at night time. Oddly, the matching 2016 body style Tahoe/Suburban don't seem to have these lights at all.

They are the biggest rear brake lights I have ever seen on a vehicle and can't understand how this is legal?

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Old 11-25-2015, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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Just another example of the American, bigger is better, way of thinking.

IT's not about quality, it's about quantity....
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I wonder if they're brighter than normal or if their height just gives you a more direct view into the LEDs?
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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They are the biggest rear brake lights I have ever seen on a vehicle and can't understand how this is legal?
Tail lights are tested to SAE standards which IIRC is light intensity viewed at a certain distance.

If those are DOT certified, they usually fall into a range of brightness similar to every other vehicle on the road.

They might look bright, but chances are they may be no more or less intense than the lights on a Honda civic.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:15 PM
 
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I wonder if they're brighter than normal or if their height just gives you a more direct view into the LEDs?
I am thinking this is the root cause of the issue I have with them. Those LEDs are so bright.
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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Oddly, the matching 2016 body style Tahoe/Suburban don't seem to have these lights at all.
They don't "seem" to have these lights because they DON'T have these lights. They have more ordinarily-sized taillights with incandescent lighting for the brake lights

The real issue I think you're having is because of the LED illumination in them and the much more intense, focused beam of all those LEDs versus an ordinary incandescent taillight. I kind of felt similarly when the 2000 Deville came out as the first Caddy with full LED taillights. The first time I was behind one, it really surprised me, but LED taillights are so commonplace now that even the crazy Escalade lights don't bother me.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Many cars will blind you with unnecessarily bright brake lights. Manufacturers only cater to what the buyer wants. The buiyer wants to "stick out" somehow. They provide.
NHTSA has a federal regulation for limited kandella power for vehicle lights. But no one appears to be enforcing it. As the result, they will only get brighter and brighter so that sales guy can pitch "you can be seen better" tune.
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Old 11-26-2015, 03:49 PM
 
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Bigger, brighter lights means more visibility.
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Old 12-27-2015, 01:38 PM
 
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I think the brake lights on the 2015 Durangos are the brightest on the road.


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Old 12-27-2015, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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I think the brake lights on the 2015 Durangos are the brightest on the road.

Those aren't the brake lights. Those are just the running lights and are nowhere near as bright as the brake lights on an Escalade, or any other vehicle for that matter. The brake lights are LED, but just illuminate the much smaller rectangular area in the upper section of the outer lenses.
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