[Healeys] Bulb holder issue

Bruce Steele healeybruce at roadrunner.com
Wed Nov 27 08:16:01 MST 2019

A bit off topic, but to Kees point, when I first did the reflector conversion LEDs were well in the future, and the bulb to use was the halogen photography bulb.  Heat build-up wasn’t a problem since neither the brake lights nor turn indicator are illuminated for long periods.  That is until one time returning from California Healey Week at some far-flung destination I drove for over an hour on the freeway with my left turn signal on.  The heat from the bulb warped a nice dimple in the reflector lens.  Now the halogens are long gone, replaced by LEDs, and the warped lens sits on my workbench as a reminder that it could have been much worse.


Bruce Steele

Brea, CA

1960 BN7


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Kees Oudesluijs
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 2:12 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Bulb holder issue


Halogen in a tail light? Recipe for trouble as they get way to hot. Use a Tungsten light or an LED. As suggested, break the glass and remove the bulb base with pliers.

Kees Oudesluijs



Op 26-11-2019 om 22:55 schreef Michael Oritt:

I have been struggling with the removal/replacement of the halogen taillight bulbs on my car. I simply cannot get q good enough grip on the bulb to push/turn and remove it from the bayonet socket.  Unlike later cars the glass lens on the 100 is almost flat, the bulb is straight with no shoulder and does not project very far beyond the surface of the receptacle. 

I'm sure there is a trick here--can anyone share it with me?


Best--Michael Oritt

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