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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by bensherb View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, change for the sake of change is not progress... it's "make" work keeping sombody's brother in law employed. Then again, I'm a crotchety old bastard, so what do I know!
    Well then I am a crotchety old bastard too! Cheers!

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  • bensherb
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    Originally posted by Kato View Post
    As for incandescent sealed beams, also a thing of the past here to my knowledge. In fact incandescent bulbs for any use, home, auto etc.. have been all but banned! They call it progress!
    As far as I'm concerned, change for the sake of change is not progress... it's "make" work keeping sombody's brother in law employed. Then again, I'm a crotchety old bastard, so what do I know!

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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by bensherb View Post
    If you can still find OEM type incandecsent sealed beams you're doing better than here in California. Here, incandscent sealed beams haven't been commonly available for 25 years, they're all halogen now. It's actually starting to get more difficult to even find any round sealed beam now. I'm sure when I have to replace one on my Stude I'll have to go to reflectors and replaceable bulbs (H4 type) like I've had to with my other cars.
    I've been wondering about that very thing. I do see the GE halogen headlights that are on my GT available online and I would be wise to get a set before they are no longer available. As for incandescent sealed beams, also a thing of the past here to my knowledge. In fact incandescent bulbs for any use, home, auto etc.. have been all but banned! They call it progress!

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  • bensherb
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    Originally posted by az64stude View Post
    I would stay with OEM headlights .
    If you can still find OEM type incandecsent sealed beams you're doing better than here in California. Here, incandscent sealed beams haven't been commonly available for 25 years, they're all halogen now. It's actually starting to get more difficult to even find any round sealed beam now. I'm sure when I have to replace one on my Stude I'll have to go to reflectors and replaceable bulbs (H4 type) like I've had to with my other cars.

    Actually, Halogen bulbs are incandesecnt too, but you know what I mean.
    Last edited by bensherb; 08-22-2017, 05:31 PM.

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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
    i installed halogen headlamps in my Avanti with no problems. if there is something rattling around in the circuit breaker, that's probably the problem. i'd go to NAPA, as stated in Post# 3 and get a newer one. also as others stated, check your dimmer switch and check/install headlamp relay(s).
    Yes, I am very suspect of the breaker. The old switch and breaker were in the car for years with no problems running the halogens so unless there is a faulty relay or an intermittent short somewhere I'm pretty sure it was just the breaker. I'd hate to lose the halogens, much better lighting than incandescent head lights!

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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by az64stude View Post
    You may want to see how many amps your pushing. I would stay with OEM headlights but its always fun to try different things. What ever you do get that corrected its not fun when your headlights go out. You can swap the breaker with a larger one but make sure your circuit can handle that. Remember your high beam is going to draw the most amps, also do check all connectors for good contact including grounds. GOOD LUCK
    Originally posted by christophe View Post
    Don't forget that you already have in your car a very handy and useful amp meter. Thus, you can check how many ampères are drawned by your headlight. This is obvious but I have a tendancy to forget that myself.
    I came to that same realization today when I was out looking at the dimmer switch, which seems fine. With the high beams on it is drawing about 13 amps and about 9 with low beams. The breaker is a 20 amp breaker so it seems to me that the halogens should be fine. I'm really starting to suspect a faulty breaker, fingers crossed!

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  • Corvanti
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    i installed halogen headlamps in my Avanti with no problems. if there is something rattling around in the circuit breaker, that's probably the problem. i'd go to NAPA, as stated in Post# 3 and get a newer one. also as others stated, check your dimmer switch and check/install headlamp relay(s).

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  • christophe
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    Don't forget that you already have in your car a very handy and useful amp meter. Thus, you can check how many ampères are drawned by your headlight. This is obvious but I have a tendancy to forget that myself.

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  • az64stude
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    You may want to see how many amps your pushing. I would stay with OEM headlights but its always fun to try different things. What ever you do get that corrected its not fun when your headlights go out. You can swap the breaker with a larger one but make sure your circuit can handle that. Remember your high beam is going to draw the most amps, also do check all connectors for good contact including grounds. GOOD LUCK

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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by bensherb View Post
    Yeah, it shouldn't be drawing any more power than the original incandescant sealed beams. If there's a problem it must be elsewhere. Could just be a bad breaker, as was earlier mentioned.
    The head lights are the only bulbs I did not change to LED's in my '62, consequently, they are the only ones I didn't measure the current draw on, so I can't tell you what it actually is; but if you do the math, the low beams should draw around 6 amps and the high around 11 amps, given the wattage's you posted.
    That makes sense as the breaker is a 20 amp. The tail lights being LEDs should have much less draw than the originals so as you say the problem must be elsewhere. When I shake the faulty breaker you can hear something metallic inside as if something let go. It could very well have been a defective breaker and nothing more or possibly the dimmer switch might be the culprit as I was switching from high to low beam a lot when they quit.

    Thanks again!
    Last edited by Kato; 08-22-2017, 06:50 AM. Reason: sp

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  • bensherb
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    Originally posted by Kato View Post
    I just checked the bulb and it is rated 65 watts for high beams and 35 watts for low. You are saying this should be OK?
    Yeah, it shouldn't be drawing any more power than the original incandescant sealed beams. If there's a problem it must be elsewhere. Could just be a bad breaker, as was earlier mentioned.
    The head lights are the only bulbs I did not change to LED's in my '62, consequently, they are the only ones I didn't measure the current draw on, so I can't tell you what it actually is; but if you do the math, the low beams should draw around 6 amps and the high around 11 amps, given the wattage's you posted.
    Last edited by bensherb; 08-22-2017, 01:22 AM.

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  • Kato
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    Originally posted by bensherb View Post
    Check your halogen bulbs. They come in many different wattages these days. 55/65 watt should be ok since the old 6014 incadescent that was used for decades was also 55/65 watt. Anything more just might be too much for the system.
    I just checked the bulb and it is rated 65 watts for high beams and 35 watts for low. You are saying this should be OK?

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  • Kato
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    Thank You for all of these tips and suggestions. I will look into all of them.

    Kato

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  • bensherb
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    Check your halogen bulbs. They come in many different wattages these days. 55/65 watt should be ok since the old 6014 incadescent that was used for decades was also 55/65 watt. Anything more just might be too much for the system.

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  • thunderations
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    You may need to add a relay in the system and use the switch to activate the relay. That takes the heavier draw from the halogens away from the switch.

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