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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:48 pm 
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separate removable filter which can give different options for coloured bulbs.
Been there before - got the tee shirt.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:28 pm 
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Is that some sort of mobile disco?

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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No its just a home made wooden box painted French blue with three 'pie' dials with the filters swapped around and backs removed and a light in the back of the box.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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Is it worth making this thread a sticky?

Edit: I've gone ahead and made it a sticky. I want it to become the definitive lightbulb guide (incandescant and LED).

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:55 am 
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Hi

although there is lots of information about fitting Halogen or HID bulbs to replace the original ones, most of the information is scattered amongst several threads and it's hard (for an electrical thicko like me ) to follow and get a clear idea.

So I have a number of questions that may clarify the situation for myself and others.

1) Do you need to fit a separate relay to accommodate halogen/HID bulbs?

2) If you don't use a separate relay would this lead to wiring damage ... dipped/main/indicator stalk failing?

3) If the wattage of these new bulbs is the same as the originals why is the electrical load greater? ... more amps or something?

4) Do XID bulbs use even more power than Halogen?

ps I have a Dolomite 1300 with the dreaded square lights but , luckily, they have the later separate bulbs, not sealed beam.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:20 pm 
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although there is lots of information about fitting Halogen or HID bulbs to replace the original ones, most of the information is scattered amongst several threads and it's hard (for an electrical thicko like me ) to follow and get a clear idea.

So I have a number of questions that may clarify the situation for myself and others.

1) Do you need to fit a separate relay to accommodate halogen/HID bulbs?

2) If you don't use a separate relay would this lead to wiring damage ... dipped/main/indicator stalk failing?

3) If the wattage of these new bulbs is the same as the originals why is the electrical load greater? ... more amps or something?

4) Do XID bulbs use even more power than Halogen?

ps I have a Dolomite 1300 with the dreaded square lights but , luckily, they have the later separate bulbs, not sealed beam.
Its not so bad for you with a single lamp car but the wiring, stalk and headlight switch on Dollies is marginal to say the least and will not stand up to the bigger wattage halogen bulbs for long so relays are pretty essential. It's even worse on a 4 lamp car!
I thought there was a Wiki entry on relay fitting but I could be wrong

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:57 pm 
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I've discovered a bulb chart in one of my Toledo books and it lists the same bulb for the interior light so it is the same for the centre mounted interior light on the early cars and that the bulbs for the warning lights on the flat dash cars are indeed the same as the boot and instrument illumination. The 3 digit number are Lucas part numbers and the Unipart numbers are basically the Lucas numbers prefixed with GLB. There are also Stanpart numbers for the earlier cars.

Straying back into LED territory, there's an article in Practical Classics saying that fitting LED bulbs is illegal on some cars because it varies from the original specification. This is a technical thing and the vast majority of the police are probably unaware of this. LED bulbs certainly won't fail an MoT (not if you follow this guide). You can get warm white bulbs which give a similar light to an ordinary bulb. I've had a look on the legislation.gov website and I came across The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989. Part II, Regulation 14 covers filament bulbs and I've quoted it below.
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14. (1) Where a motor vehicle first used on or after 1st April 1986 or any trailer manufactured on or after 1st October 1985 is equipped with any lamp of a type that is required by any Schedule to these Regulations to be marked with an approval mark, no filament lamp other than a filament lamp referred to in the Designation of Approval Marks Regulations in–

(a) regulation 4 and Schedule 2, items 2 or 2A, 8, 20, 37 or 37A; or
(b) regulation 5 and Schedule 4, item 18,

shall be fitted to any such lamp.
It would seem that "our" cars aren't affected but it isn't quite as simple as that. The next time I'm in my local Asda, I'll take a look at the article in Practical Classics and get some more info.

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2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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I spoke to this guy at stoneleigh Triumph and MG day. Very knowledgable and carries every type of bulb including flasher units for led use. Worth a read:
http://www.dynamoregulatorconversions.c ... -bulbs.php

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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separate removable filter which can give different options for coloured bulbs.
Been there before - got the tee shirt.

Paul

Not only have I got the T-shirt I have also got this............
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For some reason, I cannot view the above picture, via my local public library Internet service! :cry:

I have made substitute coloured filters (orange and light-green) using off-cuts of translucent acrylic sheet, for use in the Lucas 8-segment warning-light clusters, retro-fitted in my 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300 and 1973 VW "1600" Type 2 campervan.

When I have access to the necessary facilities, I intend to make a circular, thin transparent mask with printed, customised warning-light symbols, to replace the lens' painted-on ones, which can be easily removed using a cotton bud soaked with paint thinners.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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Does anyone have a decent source for the warning cluster bulbs? I've tried a few places and the bulb I've received won't screw into the fitting. I think they're 280/E5s, aren't they?


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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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A quick search on eBay turned THIS up.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:07 pm 
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A quick search on eBay turned THIS up.
By Jove, that's expensive! :shock:

I'm so glad I acquired a stockpile of such spares, from my local car breakers' yards, back in the 1990s.

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 Post subject: Yes....
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:01 pm 
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Thanks Dave,
this is a helpful guide.

I now have an LED bulb for the interior light.
Locating one was easy because I had the part number, found in this thread, to cross reference against the LED numbers.
:D The car's interior does definitely get illuminated now!





thanks,
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 Post subject: Re: Lightbulb guide.
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A quick search on eBay turned THIS up.
I've bought three bulbs from different suppliers now, and they've all been a little too big for the fitting - I don't really want to go buying more without knowing they'll fit - they've looked physically bigger than the original bulbs. Has anyone fitted a new bulb to the warning cluster and can advise of a supplier whose bulbs fit?

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I popped into Maplin this evening, and they had two different E5/LES bulbs. One of them didn't fit, but one of them (WL75 in their catalogue) does. It seems like the thread spec changed very slightly in the 90s to become imperial - not enough to bother the normal screw holders, but it messes up the silly way that they're held into the cluster. I'd guess that there are a few examples of the tooling knocking around for the screw, some of which will fit, and some of which won't, and it'll be hard to work out which is which. How frustrating.


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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 2:14 pm 
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Now that the dipped sealed beam headlight is no longer available what parts do I need to purchase to replace a defective headlight and where is the best place to purchase the items.

My car has relays fitted so is it a simple job to fit the current type of head light?


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