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    I have purchased halogen bulbs (1157) to replace my tail lites in my GT hawk,is there any thing special that should be done ?
    Will they trip the breaker,how hot do they get,I don't want any melted lenses.Any other problems associated with this plan.

  • #2
    Did same trick on wifes 57, left lights on,lenses partially melted, lesson learned. Luck Doofus

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    • #3
      Best bet may be to go with LED'S more light and way less heat. If no one make them for a gt you should be able to set up your own.

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      • #4
        They will melt the plastic lenses if the brake lights stay on for any length of time, like a long red light. Even the running light filament can generate enough heat to distort plastic. I would consider painting the inside of the housing white or silver, going to 2357 bulbs or bright dual filament LEDs. You'll have to use an electronic flasher with LEDs though.

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        • #5
          I am not familiar with your lenses, but you can get pretty bright LED dual function bulbs that are the same length as the standard incandescent 1157. If you have more length available, you can get tower bulbs with up to 675 lumens as shown in the Superbright listing below. It is worthwhile to spend some time reading these specs. I have some really bright ones in my 48 Champion:

          https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...ype,1157,1,41:

          It is good to keep in mind that the lumens listed are total brightness. If, for example, you use red lights inside a red lens, very little of the light is lost through the lens. If you use a white light inside a red lens, all the other colors are blocked by the lens except the red.

          Because the LEDs draw so little current, most standard flashers will not work properly, and you need a flasher that has a flash rate independent of the load. I have used the TMI flashers for years and have one in my Studebaker.

          http://usaled.com/?mainURL=/store/ca...er_Relays.html
          Trying to build a 48 Studebaker for the 21st century.
          See more of my projects at stilettoman.info

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 48skyliner View Post
            I am not familiar with your lenses, but you can get pretty bright LED dual function bulbs that are the same length as the standard incandescent 1157. If you have more length available, you can get tower bulbs with up to 675 lumens as shown in the Superbright listing below. It is worthwhile to spend some time reading these specs. I have some really bright ones in my 48 Champion:

            https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...ype,1157,1,41:

            It is good to keep in mind that the lumens listed are total brightness. If, for example, you use red lights inside a red lens, very little of the light is lost through the lens. If you use a white light inside a red lens, all the other colors are blocked by the lens except the red.

            Because the LEDs draw so little current, most standard flashers will not work properly, and you need a flasher that has a flash rate independent of the load. I have used the TMI flashers for years and have one in my Studebaker.

            http://usaled.com/?mainURL=/store/ca...er_Relays.html

            Why does it say "non beeper" next to the LED flasher??

            treblig

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Treblig View Post
              Why does it say "non beeper" next to the LED flasher??

              treblig
              No sound-maybe not even a click. Jaguars of the 80's used flashers that were silent -only way to know they are working is to watch the indicator light flashing.

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              • #8
                Yea....I'd at least want the clicking. I've been stopped a few times by the police because I left a blinker "on". They just ask why the blinking is on then let you go...but it's still a hassle!!

                treblig

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                • #9
                  Treblig Now if you lived in FL. you would not be stopped for leaving your turn signal on. As Jerry Stinfield said FL. [The Land of The Infinitive Left Hand Turn].

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                  • #10
                    Mine have the same model number, EL98, but they are the beeper type, having a high pitched beep. This is important for me because the Studebaker turn signal is not self canceling. If you are interested, I would call and ask if the beeper model is still available.

                    All this reminds me of an episode of the local TV show "Almost Live", shown in Seattle in the previous century. Ballard is a neighborhood in Seattle, traditionally home of a large fishing fleet, populated by many Scandinavians and a popular home for retirees, but now a very trendy and upscale area. The program Almost Live had some talented local actors, including one who used to do skits about science projects that always went wrong.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyz6mkvlEgA

                    For some reason the part about driving on the sidewalk seems to be edited out.
                    Last edited by 48skyliner; 06-06-2016, 07:59 PM.
                    Trying to build a 48 Studebaker for the 21st century.
                    See more of my projects at stilettoman.info

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 48skyliner View Post
                      I am not familiar with your lenses, but you can get pretty bright LED dual function bulbs that are the same length as the standard incandescent 1157. If you have more length available, you can get tower bulbs with up to 675 lumens as shown in the Superbright listing below. It is worthwhile to spend some time reading these specs. I have some really bright ones in my 48 Champion:

                      https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...ype,1157,1,41:

                      It is good to keep in mind that the lumens listed are total brightness. If, for example, you use red lights inside a red lens, very little of the light is lost through the lens. If you use a white light inside a red lens, all the other colors are blocked by the lens except the red.

                      Because the LEDs draw so little current, most standard flashers will not work properly, and you need a flasher that has a flash rate independent of the load. I have used the TMI flashers for years and have one in my Studebaker.

                      http://usaled.com/?mainURL=/store/ca...er_Relays.html
                      I have not been able to find 6V LED bulbs before. Does the superbrightleds site have them?

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                      • #12
                        Superbright and others have 6 volt bulbs. The problem is to find ones that work with positive ground, as LEDs must have the correct polarity. This one bulb has some sort of electronic circuit that will work with either polarity:

                        https://www.ledlight.com/searchresul...KeyWords=95634
                        Trying to build a 48 Studebaker for the 21st century.
                        See more of my projects at stilettoman.info

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                        • #13
                          Clean and paint the inside of your taillight housings glossy bright white - it makes a big difference even with standard taillight bulbs.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 48skyliner View Post
                            Superbright and others have 6 volt bulbs. The problem is to find ones that work with positive ground, as LEDs must have the correct polarity. This one bulb has some sort of electronic circuit that will work with either polarity:

                            https://www.ledlight.com/searchresul...KeyWords=95634
                            I would guess all the had to do is reverse the leads in the bulb socket making the outside positive and the tip negative-no?

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                            • #15
                              That might be possible with a dual contact stop/tail lamp.

                              Dave.

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