Headlamps - Sealed beam or LED

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Slow Smoke Moke
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Headlamps - Sealed beam or LED

Post by Slow Smoke Moke » Tue Aug 21, 2018 22:01

One of the existing sealed beam units has blown so I'm looking for a replacement(s). The current ones are 65/55W.

There's a bewildering choice out there, so much so that it gets confusing. The option being to stay as current or perhaps fit original style non-sealed lamps and then LED bulbs of an appropriate wattage. I hear tales of some LED lamps needing a cooling pack too.......

The issue of the light frequency/temp is highly subjective as you'd use them in the dark (obviously) and no-one would know it's a Moke anyway, LED might give you a longer beam without too much current being drawn from the dynamo and through the loom etc.

Comments and thoughts welcomed. I'm no electrician.

Thanks,

Nick

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Re: Headlamps - Sealed beam or LED

Post by Tim » Tue Aug 21, 2018 23:31

I work with LED lighting as part of my job, and I'm not entirely convinced that the retro-fit LED globes that are available are quite ready yet. There may be some absolutely excellent ones out there, but weeding out the rubbish ones is the problem. The big issue is that there is a bewildering range and manufacturers seem to be free to make whatever claims they feel like about the output of their products.

LEDs generally do need cooling, not because they make more heat than incandescent globes, but because heat kills LEDs so they need to be kept cool. Most seem to have a heatsink of some type on the back, which might not fit inside a standard headlight bucket, especially the flat back ones.

I haven't had any experience with the replacement LED 7" sealed beams that are available. There does now seem to be some that meet various regulatory requirements, but I'd still recommend looking for some from a reputable manufacturers rather than the cheapest Chinese ones you can find.

I use quartz halogen replacements in my Moke. Its possible to retro fit these to an original Moke with no changes to the wiring, by running globes that have comparable wattage to the original. When I fitted mine I upgraded the wiring and fitted relays. I can run much higher wattage globes than standard (although this does seem to bother other road users...). The lights in my Moke are better than in my modern car.

Tim
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Re: Headlamps - Sealed beam or LED

Post by Slow Smoke Moke » Tue Aug 28, 2018 21:28

Thank you Tim. Apologies for the late reply.

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