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Author Topic:   HALOGEN taillight bulb

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From: Mclean, VA
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 03-02-2001 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for THEMASH   Click Here to Email THEMASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey guys, i just got my HALOGEN taillight bulbs for my '69 fastback from NPD.
After i opened the box, it says on a little note in each bulb box:
"intended for motorcycles only, generate considerable more heat then conventional bulbs. socket and lens assembly might not be able to withstand this additional heat. the bulb draws up to 3.9 amps more amperage, and the entire electrical system of the motorcycle should be checked t0 be sure that all system components will allow this additional current draw. It contains gas under pressure, and all normal halogen safety procedures must be followed"

hmmmmmm...... has anyone installed such lights on their classic? and how did it go? no excess heat? everything OK ??
plz give feed back, dont want to install a 10 dollar bulbs to end up paying a lot more to fix what it might cause.


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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 03-02-2001 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We talked about this at our club meeting this week and one of the guys said there was an article about using those bulbs. They are hot and draw more current. In my 65, I have over the counter regular halogen headlights and in the rear, I painted the buckets a bright white inside, put in clean lenses and new regular bulbs and called it a day. They are bright. I also put in a NEW good quality headlite switch. Also, when the car was apart, I took the tape off all the harnesses, examined them for shorts, etc. and retaped them. Better safe than sorry.

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From: So. Fl.
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posted 03-02-2001 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgot! Check ALL your grounds.

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From: Rohnert Park, CA USA M&M member#591
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 03-02-2001 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nos351C   Click Here to Email Nos351C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have read accounts of, but never seen close up, the high intensity taillight bulbs, melting the stock wiring loom from too much current draw. I would say if I were going to use them, I would at least replace the tiallight harness loom, cheap insurance IMHO.
I fell your pain on the taillight though, my car's lights have always been very dim. I repainted the inside of the buckets with reflective paint, and am going to replace the wire loom and use hi intenisty bulbs. If that fails, I will wire up a rain light designed for open wheel race cars like formula fords, star mazda, formula Vee, etc. to act as a third brake light

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From: Beaufort, SC
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 03-02-2001 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought two of the $10 bulbs from NPD a couple years ago. I never noticed any problems with the wiring from heat damage or anything associated, but one bulb lasted maybe a year, the other one lasted maybe two years. I decided that I'd rather pay 1.99 for a two-pack at Autozone of the standard bulbs than $10 each plus shipping from NPD. They were noticably brighter though.

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From: S.F., CA
Registered: May 2000

posted 03-02-2001 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't use them unless you have a new wiring harness. The bulbs do produce more heat and also take more power. You can upgrade your headlights to halogen while adding a relay.

What I use are Hyperbulbs. They produce the same light as halogens but without the heat. I use them in my turn signals and taillights. They can be found at most import motorsport stores or just pick up one of those import magazines and look for them.

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posted 03-04-2001 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good thing to know is never touch these halogen bulbs with your bare hands. The oils on your fingers will cause them to fail quickly.

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