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    I just modified a spare set of headlight buckets from a 37 CE to use sealed beam
    12 volt head lights.
    Once I put these to use I would like them to last.

    Should I use regular or sealed beam Halogen light bulbs?

    Thanks

    Paul

  • #2
    Originally posted by pszikszai View Post
    I just modified a spare set of headlight buckets from a 37 CE to use sealed beam
    12 volt head lights.
    Once I put these to use I would like them to last.

    Should I use regular or sealed beam Halogen light bulbs?

    Thanks

    Paul
    Paul

    I always use the newer brighter Halogens but you will need to power then off the battery with a relay controlled by the light switch. The normal wiring is probably not heavy enough for them unless the upgraded harness was built for them but much better light.

    Bob

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    • #3
      Ditto on the halogens, I put them in everything, but you do need to add a relay and wiring to support them (really easy). I found out the importance of that one dark night on the Blue Ridge Parkway when my headlights went off!
      Jeff DeWitt
      http://carolinastudes.net

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      • #4
        Hi,

        I've never been involved with a project like that, but the existing wiring should be able to power the halogens if the amperage that the halogens draws doesn't exceed the maximum amperage rating of the headlight circuit wiring. Do you know what amperage you're dealing with and what gauge wiring exists on the stock headlight circuit?

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        • #5
          I am using a modified later model CK wiring harness.
          I think they all use 16 gage wires for the head lights.
          I do not wish to get into the wire harness again.
          If I can't make that work the I will go with the old cnvetional 12 volt light bulb.
          Please advise.

          Thanks

          Paul

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          • #6
            I recommend using the halogen bulbs as they are brighter than the tungsten filament bulbs and I agree that relays are a good idea. Bud

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            • #7
              You don't have to cut into the wiring harness to power halogens. But instead of powering the headlights directly from the harness, you connect it to the relay -- to turn the relay on and off. Then run a separate, heavier wire from the battery or the hot side of the starter solenoid to the relay and from there to the headlights.
              Skip Lackie

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              • #8
                Halogens with a relay would be better than sealed beams. If you've upgraded your alternator and wiring harness, you might be able to do HID as well. (and believe me, I understand you not wanting to go into the harness again; I wish I had a nickel for every little change I've had to do bringing the Blue Bomber to the road...)
                Last edited by ralt12; 12-22-2011, 07:22 AM.
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                • #9
                  I like halogens, but keep in mind that without a relay setup, your wires may be able to handle the extra load, but your light switch becomes the weak point.
                  Last edited by 53k; 12-23-2011, 06:32 AM.
                  Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
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                  • #10
                    Yep. Nice thing about using a relay is it reduces the current through the headlight and dimmer switches and the circuit breaker. It's the circuit breaker that caused me to have that exciting drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once putting in a relay there were no more problems.

                    I bought an inexpensive kit with a breaker and some wiring that was designed to be used with driving lights, it was inexpensive and easy to install.
                    Jeff DeWitt
                    http://carolinastudes.net

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                    • #11
                      Unless he has replaced the wiring with the lighter guage usual for 12 volt systems the original 6 volt wiring should be more than enough. I personally have used halogen bulbs in my cars for over 20 years now & have not had one failure. The amperage draw has been a topic before but I have never seen real figures comparing one from another.
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                      • #12
                        I've always ran halogens in all of my 12V Studes. Never had a single issue.

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                        • #13
                          The halogen bulbs draw slightly more current than the tungsten filament bulbs, if the electrical system is in good shape, there shouldn't be a problem, but I still recommend using relays to reduce the load on the headlight and dimmer switches. Bud

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Warren Webb View Post
                              Unless he has replaced the wiring with the lighter guage usual for 12 volt systems the original 6 volt wiring should be more than enough. I personally have used halogen bulbs in my cars for over 20 years now & have not had one failure. The amperage draw has been a topic before but I have never seen real figures comparing one from another.
                              Same experience here. But I agree the relay is a good idea. I have even bought a couple, but have not gotten round to installing them yet.

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