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56D500boy
Posted 2019-09-22 12:10 PM (#587842 - in reply to #577531)
Subject: Re: Edging towards LED headlights for my 56 Dodge



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56D500boy - 2019-01-28 4:56 PM I decided on the cheap Chinese eBay ones. So I removed the SuperBrite from the driver's side headlight and installed the cheap Chinese (with the cable). Strangely, it looks the same as the SuperBrite. Since the bulbs are the same now on both sides, I think I need to adjust the orientation of the passenger side bulb (there is a set screw on the bulb mount so you can rotate the bulb). I decided that will have to wait for another (warmer day) so I reinstalled both headlight "doors" so the car looks like a 56 Custom Royal again.


So to recap:

I bought and am running EMPI (VW bug aftermarket supplier) 7" H4 headlight housings. These:

https://www.cip1.ca/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ACC%2DC10%2D7590



And the cheaper Chinese LED bulbs (the ones with the cable from the ballast to the OE Dodge headlight plug). The fit is tight but there is room for the cable and the ballast in the OE Dodge bucket.

What I didn't figure out for a long time was I *REALLY* need to adjust (spin) the bulbs because they are putting out HIGH beam quantity light when the high beam switch says that they are on "LOW". When I push on the high beam footswitch and the HIGH beam indicator light comes on in the speedometer, the bulbs dip to LOW. I think that I just need to spin the bulbs 180 degrees. I hope.

These bulbs:





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Brushwolf
Posted 2019-09-23 7:04 AM (#587868 - in reply to #587842)
Subject: Re: Edging towards LED headlights for my 56 Dodge


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I think the LED is the way to go and contemplating those for my 55 (converted to 12 volt) and my 57. If it is indeed delivering high beam light on low beam and low beam light on high beam, I think you will have to correct that feed in the wiring on the dimmer switch or somewhere else in the light wiring harness. If the alignment tabs on the light housings are the same as stock bulbs are, they are placed at intervals that presumably were designed to prevent people from installing them upside-down. See the pic of my headlight I pulled to see if I was remembering this correctly. The alignment tabs are not placed evenly around the perimeter, so the only way the tabs fit, is with the light upright. Please let us know what you determine as the solution. Even if the light was made to fit upside-down by modifying the mount by cutting additional tab seats, that would probably look funny on the front of the lens anyway and you are apparently trying to avoid that.

Thanks, Mike



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Brushwolf
Posted 2019-09-23 7:48 AM (#587869 - in reply to #573476)
Subject: Re: Edging towards LED headlights for my 56 Dodge


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Mis-read your post. Re-orienting the bulb in the light housing and not the light housing in the mount... I have no led bulb here, but I have a halogen bulb and the tabs on the bulb mounting are different sizes too, presumably for the same purpose of restricting to only one orientation in mounting. But even if the led bulbs have tabs all the same size and are at evenly spaced 120 degree intervals, that still won't allow a 180 degree rotation short of modifying the light housing to accept the bulb upside-down.. It would only allow re-orienting to 120 degrees it seems to me. Are you certain your old headlights were not running low beam with high beam indicator on and vice-versa? Or the Chinese got their power feeds crossed in the reproduction bulb plug?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-09-23 8:47 AM (#587870 - in reply to #587869)
Subject: Re: Edging towards LED headlights for my 56 Dodge



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Thanks for your replies/comments. *HOWEVER*, I think that you missed my mention of the allen key/set screw that they provide to adjust the bulb independent of the H1 tabs.





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