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    I Replaced My Headlights With Halogen Sealed Beams. Its Better But Not Great. Has Anyone Found A Decent Upgrade ? Thanks Kenn
    sigpicWHITE 60 HARDTOP AND 46 FORD SEDAN STREET ROD TBIRD REGISTRY #61860 920-286-2277

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    you may want to check the voltage at the lights while it is running. You may have some decent volt drop to the light causing them to be dull. In which case it doesn't matter how good the headlight is, with low voltage it will through poor light

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    • #3
      I am installing a set of housings with led bulbs from eBay. They are extremely bright when I bench tested them. It will be a few months or so before I can try them on the road.

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      • #4
        Please report back once you install the LED bulbs.

        Thanks

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        • #5
          ya i would be interested to know how the led work as well. Can you run those with the oem generator or does it require an alternator?
          1959 Thunderbird 397ci
          Cruise-O-Matic
          Flamingo Pink.
          Thunderbird Registry #8442
          Daily driver

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          • #6
            https://vintagecarleds.com

            Found these last weekend. I have not made a purchase yet, but they have the correct "look" for older cars.
            http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=33517

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            • #7
              Better Headlights

              Hi Greg, that was interesting, but, unfortunately, they do not list anything for 1955-1966 Tbirds. But they do say that if you do not find your car on the list to contact them...

              Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
              '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
              "It's Hip To Be Square"
              Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

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              • #8
                I did contact them, and the 5.75" units would fit our cars
                http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...ryNumber=33517

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                • #9
                  Better Headlights

                  Great,Greg! I will contact them tomorrow and see if they have any objection to me listing them as an advertiser in our Advertisements Forum, and citing that size number. That is great to know!

                  Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
                  '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
                  "It's Hip To Be Square"
                  Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

                  Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

                  http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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                  • #10
                    These are too rich for my blood.
                    I will stick with the Hеlla H4 halogen system for $26/each. That's still over a hundred bucks for 4. Bulbs are only two bucks each.
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                    • #11
                      I would suggest prior to changing headlights that you get a voltmeter in the car (like a unit that plugs into the lighter) and see how your charging system is performing.

                      If it is underperforming (low voltage), adjust the regulator and get things where they ought to be.

                      Then see how unhappy you are with the stock incandescent lights.

                      Last Fall, thanks to information on this site, I adjusted my voltage regulator and bumped things up a little over 1 volt. This helped the headlights noticeably.

                      It might be that you still find you want to go aftermarket but either way things will be working as intended.

                      In my case I was slightly under 12.0 volts with the high beams on at road speed, not very good. Now I am around 13 volts and like them much more.

                      That said, the halogen conversion is still attractive . . .

                      I recall an article from the 70s when they had just come out (a single light for a motorcycle was over $50) and the author prefaced it with "God said 'Let there be light' and there was ... and it was good and He called it Quartz Halogen"

                      John
                      Last edited by JohnG; June 5th, 2018, 06:16 AM.
                      1958 Hardtop
                      #8452 TBird Registry
                      http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=8452


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                      • #12
                        Added Relays

                        I Bought The H4 Conversion Headlights, But They Wont Fit Unless I Modify The Bucket. So I Purchesed Relays From Dave Dare And Installed Them In The 60 Bird. It Is An Improvement. Voltage Drops From 13 To 12.5 On High At High Idle And The Lights Seem Whiter. These Are Halogen Sealed Beams.. Very Simple $15.00 Upgrade. Pics Are Hi No Relay, Hi With Relay, Lo No Relay And Lo With Relay...kenn
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