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Lighting issue

Post by jachady » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:19 pm

Latest issue I have is with lighting. Currently all original 6 volt setup, 2 headlights and one taillight. I replaced all bulbs about a year and a half ago. Recently one headlight on dim burned out. That was ok to me because I run on battery so it saved me some juice. Now both lights burned out, so I switched to brights. Both lights worked but really killed the battery. So I pulled one of the bulbs. Today I get a message on my phone from a local resident that he saw me drive by at night and I didn't have a taillight. So I go out and sure enough, with my headlight switch on bright, no taillight. Switch to dim and the taillight is on. Do I have an issue with my switch? Where do I even begin? Electrical is my kryptonite.

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Re: Lighting issue

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:31 am

The tail light should the on when the lights are on. Bright or dim should make no difference. Most likely a couple of the brass contacts in the switch are failing to contact. This is really more of a mechanical than an electrical problem. There are two types of switches. If the backing plate is held in by pins, you just twist it to remove it. If it's held by tabs, you have to bend them up to remove it. While you have it out, anneal the tabs (turn them orange and let them cool) so they won't break off when you bend them back down. If the backing late is warped, as many are, rub it on coarse sandpaper to flatten the face. Pry the brass contacts up a little bit so they'll be tight against the terminals. If flattening the face of the backing plate makes any if the dimples shallow, you can deepen them a little with a drill bit. Just don't overdo it. They don 't have to be very deep.

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Re: Lighting issue

Post by Novice » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:45 am

John. This LED bulb sold by ledlights.com is what I went to in My six volt open express. headlights much much brighter than OEM. Brighter than high current halogen replacements sold by vendors. 50 watt equivalent. dual filaments fit oem or replacement even pin bases. I can barely see the amp meter move on Bright. Plenty bright but does not blind on coming traffic. about $8.00 each. My OEM stock 21-3 CP headlight bulbs drew about 10 amps on Bright twice as much as generator puts out and about two amps on low 3 cp twice as much as bright on Led. The second bulb with the wedge shape is a 75 watt ac/dc 6 to 30 volt. dual polarity works on 6,8,12 volt. I tried a pair on 6 volts it is super bright. Too bright in My opinion.and must be installed in a OEM socket where the filaments are horizontal even so I can see a slight C pattern. and with reproduction sockets which support vertical filaments I saw a slight U pattern appears to be putting out a lot of side light toward on coming drivers.

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