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HEAD lite question


Post by DuoGlide62 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:19 pm

It's been years since I converted to 12 volts. Maybe 20. I've always used a standard 7" 12 volt sealed beam. My belief has been that a generator ,as opposed to an alternator, was happy with a standard sealed beam but didn't like halogen. Considering the size limitations of the 12 volt batteries that fit inside the oil tank and the fact that it's a generator and not an alternator , AND that I can't find a standard 12 v sealed beam, is it OK to run a halogen sealed beam ?
Any info will be appreciated. Shed a little light on this subject please. :lol:

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Post by panhead » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:07 pm

I'm running a halogen, but not sealed beam, no problem.

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Post by john HD » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:49 pm

all depends on the wattage.

if the halogen and the sealed beam are the same wattage the generator will never know the difference.


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Post by Cotten » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:14 am


Running an "off-road" 100w halogen all of the time can eventually tax the capacity of small batteries, when other accessory lights are used as well.

My solution was to poke a hole in the metal reflector of a halogen below its element so that I could install a small turnsignal bulb like the old Ford Two-way bulbs of yesteryear. With a discrete switch, I could run the small bulb during the day, and fire up the halogen unit for night riding.

If the halogen ever burnt out, I could still make it home in the dark!

But frankly, I could always see better with a standard sealed beam anyway. I'm certain they are still available.


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Post by Panacea » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:11 am

Rick, I found a new sealed beam at Napa last spring, They're always very helpfull when it comes to cross referencing. Bring the old one with you. Mike

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Post by 65 Eric » Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:45 pm

Rick, I ride a 65 with a generator and after getting it on the road last year I kept blowing out the headlight (halogen). One night after getting home from work with no head-light again I looked at my other mode of transportation (65 Chevy truck) and found two perfect replacements. They're standard Chevy headlights bought at Auto-Zone and work great!

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Post by Cotten » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:24 am

On a side note:

Anyone encountering a T-3 or other similarly marked series of sealed beam should carefully wrap and store it in a safe place.

Even if the low beam is burnt out.

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Post by hawgrider » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:40 am

can use a 6014 or H6024 sealed beam.have used them for years with a 5 amp hr battery in oil tank.can get them at most parts stores or walmart.

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Post by PanPal » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:17 pm

When moving my tools into my newly built garage. The cardboard on the package fell apart and my T3 bulb hit the floor after trying to slow it down with my foot. I was saving it as they are correct and bring good money as you say even if the low beam is gone.

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