[Healeys] Optimal lighting form a BN1

Bruce Steele healeybruce at roadrunner.com
Fri Dec 20 12:05:35 MST 2019

I have standard incandescent bulbs in the front running/turn lamps and rear tail/brake/turn lamps, but I converted my reflectors to stop/turn lamps, first using halogens years ago, and now LEDs (1157-R24-WV: 1157 Red 100 degrees from superbrightleds.com).  I just received the LED headlight kit from Little British Car Co this week, and will be installing them this weekend.  I also have a set of Lucas reproduction aux lamps, one spot and one fog.  I am considering an LED conversion for these using this bulb


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though it will require some modification to the lamp to mount the bulbs, probably drilling a small hole for a sheet metal screw to secure the bulbs into the flange in the lamp housing, with a ring connector and lead for the ground and a new spade connection for the positive.


I also converted my dash lights to LED some years ago using the LEDs from British Car Specialists.  Unfortunately, those bulbs did not tolerate the vibration well, and started to fail from loose connections after a couple of years.  I replaced them when I rewired the car a couple of years ago using six E10 screw base short round 1 LED, SKU 87965W, from LEDLight.com.  I used 1 in the speedo and tach (though I considered drilling a second hole to use 2 in each), the fuel and safety gauges, and the trafficator indicator.  I initially tried one in the generator lamp, but had trouble with that.  I also have an ammeter under the heater control that required a fabricated setup using a couple of flat LEDs I got at the local electronics store.


Bruce Steele

Brea, CA

1960 BN7


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Michael Oritt
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:39 AM
To: Austin Healey <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Optimal lighting form a BN1


As a winter project I would like to upgrade my 100's lighting to provide for optimal brightness all around and would like to get on one piece of paper bulb recommendations to provide maximum lighting:  Headlights, sidelights, twin 576 driving lights and dash lights.


Lighting fixtures are stock except that I have illuminated the rear reflector pods to function as turn signals which have plastic conical lenses


In making recommendations please include relay recommendations and/or where wiring may need to be upgraded.  Charging capacity is not a consideration as I have a 75 amp alternator.


Thanks in advance--Michael Oritt

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