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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 2:47 pm 
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Halogen headlight units will go straight on (they're 5 3/4" in diameter). My Autopal ones has H4 bulbs for the outers and H1 for the inners.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 4:33 pm 
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And there are a zillion options.
I would like to hear from forum members who reckon they have purchased replacements that look like the originals from a cosmetic viewpoint. :)
For me the brightness is not an issue, just how they look.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 4:47 pm 
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For me it's the other way around, my Sprint is driven mainly at night, so brightness is the priority.

Having said that I have overdone it, brighter than most moderns now.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:18 pm 
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And there are a zillion options.
I would like to hear from forum members who reckon they have purchased replacements that look like the originals from a cosmetic viewpoint. :)
For me the brightness is not an issue, just how they look.
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For me it's the other way around, my Sprint is driven mainly at night, so brightness is the priority.

Having said that I have overdone it, brighter than most moderns now.
My concerns are both brightness (i.e. intensity) and beam pattern.

My 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300, has had 7 x 5¾ inch rectangular Lucas "Brighteyes" 60/55W H4 quartz-halogen headlamps since mid-1976; later supplemented by matched pairs of Lucas 20/20 Homofocal, 7 inch rally auxiliary driving lamps (will illuminate a white five-bar gate at 1/3 mile distance! :D ) and fog lamps with 55W H3 bulbs.

I'm thinking of substituting four 5¾ inch diameter Bosch or Hella, second-generation ellipsoidal-reflector quartz-halogen headlamps, as used on some 3-Series & 5-Series BMWs. With this system, the main beam of the inboard lamps is designed to overlay the dipped beam of the outboard lamps, to optimise intensity and beam pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:08 pm 
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I could not find any link on the internet to Autopal but I did find that Robsport International had GLU537 listed so I ordered a pair and now that they have arrived I see that they are obviously manufactured by Aotopal. They fitted without any problems I just need for it to get dark to check them out but they look fine. The cost at £15 which included the bulb I thought was good.

Another alternative is ones made by "Ring" and their website does list local stockist which is useful but I suspect they would have to order them in these days.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:25 pm 
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That's an excellent price, it will be interesting to see how good they look.
Chris Witor has Valeo items at £42.50 each, no lamp supplied.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:49 pm 
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I could not find any link on the internet to Autopal but I did find that Robsport International had GLU537 listed so I ordered a pair and now that they have arrived I see that they are obviously manufactured by Aotopal. They fitted without any problems I just need for it to get dark to check them out but they look fine. The cost at £15 which included the bulb I thought was good.

Another alternative is ones made by "Ring" and their website does list local stockist which is useful but I suspect they would have to order them in these days.
Here are the autopal lights

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Backs of the inners / outers
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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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I like the side lights.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:01 pm 
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Aaargh!
I'm blind! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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Your lights look really good. If I ever restore a Sprint to keep, I think I'll do that upgrade.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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I like the side lights.
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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:15 pm 
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I could not find any link on the internet to Autopal but I did find that Robsport International had GLU537 listed so I ordered a pair and now that they have arrived I see that they are obviously manufactured by Aotopal. They fitted without any problems I just need for it to get dark to check them out but they look fine. The cost at £15 which included the bulb I thought was good.

Another alternative is ones made by "Ring" and their website does list local stockist which is useful but I suspect they would have to order them in these days.
Here are the autopal lights

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Paul
I shall be interested to see what the night-time dipped & main beam intensity patterns look like, on an unlit road with cats' eyes!?!

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