Headlight upgrade

Post by Willienelson » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:33 am
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Hi

My cf2 has pretty poor headlights, is there an upgrade for these be it bulbs or replacement lights?

Thanks

Pete

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Post by johnnyonions » Subscribing Member » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:13 pm
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on my CF1 they are the same as the old mini 7" , they do a LED conversion so I cant see a problem , mine are sealed beam ones ,so I'd have change the whole unit , if I went the LED route .

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Post by johnnyonions » Subscribing Member » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:13 pm
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on my CF1 they are the same as the old mini 7" , they do a LED conversion so I cant see a problem , mine are sealed beam ones ,so I'd have change the whole unit , if I went the LED route .

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Post by Cobb123 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:51 pm
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I have a CF 2 what I did was bought some spotlights led ones I ran them with the lights good

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:45 am
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If you have bulbs then there is no reason why you cannot replace them with either larger wattage or LED bulbs. The standard on my transit are 55w/40w I have just purchased some 100w/90w not put them in yet but they will be nearly twice as bright on the other hand LED will save power
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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:32 pm
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CF wiring and lights and column stalk switches need upgrading before fitting higher wattage headlamp bulbs. The lot may need upgrading anyway if headlamps already seem dim...

Best remedy seems to be 30Amp relays fed by a new fused supply from the starter motor solenoid battery terminal to remove load from original wiring and switches.

Headlamp flash can stay as is if not used much: it's continuous load that melts switches.
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Post by Willienelson » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:14 pm
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MNy thanks all

Pete

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Post by Willienelson » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:49 pm
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Hi

I’ve just ordered some LED h4 replacement bulbs, should be a straight swap with less power drain too.

I’ll let you know what they’re like

Pete

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Post by Willienelson » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:59 pm
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So, LED bulbs fitted and they’re much brighter but the spread pattern is awful. On main beam or flash the pattern is so far out it’s worse then before.

Started the van up this week and the coil failed within 3 minutes, could this be caused by LED bulbs?

Think I’ll buy a new set of halogens and fit some cibies, they’re much cooler anyway!

Pete

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:19 am
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LED headlamp bulbs need to be fitted to lamps with appropriate reflectors: parabolic for filament bulbs (tungsten or quartz-halogen) is nowhere near. ECE Regulation 48 applies.

In the UK the 'new' MoT test should fail offending vehicles; that still leaves lots of cars under 3 year old dazzling everyone...

LED bulbs shouldn't affect the ignition coil: lights are on a different circuit and if anything LEDs are more likely to suffer from spikes in circuit voltages.
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