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post #1 of 10 Old 01-10-2019, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

Hi all, it finally snowed in NE Ohio this week, and I got to plow the driveway. Thanks again to gravely1964, the spring he recommended for the blade angle lock did the trick!

The lights function, but I need to hold the switch to keep 'em on, so that's an easy part swap. But I don't really know electric, I believe I can hook up a new LED fixture if the electric voltage and watts required are the same. And I'd like to keep it in the original location, as opposed to mounting on top of the hood.

Thanks in advance, talk soon, and I'll throw in the obligatory pictures of the project too
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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

If you are looking to upgrade the lights to LEDs, it's a simple drop-in replacement. I've done it on my 8163-G and my 16-G. For the one I used these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. The other I used these: https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ens/3647/7820/. Both are working great and are much brighter than the originals. Also, these are landscape bulbs, so they are floodlights, as opposed to a narrow beam headlight. This actually works better, I think, because you light up the entire work area in front and to the sides of your tractor as opposed to just straight ahead.

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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

What type of tractor? I suspect we are talking about a pre-G series and thus a PAR36 will not work.

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post #4 of 10 Old 01-11-2019, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

The tractor is an 816T. I thought she was a '74 by the serial number, but later learned that the 816/818"T"'s were only built for a few years around '78. So I'm not sure of the year, or if perhaps someone put two tractors together before I got it. Either way 800 series, yes, pre G series.

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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

Oops! Please disregard my post concerning lights for a G series tractor. I should have paid more attention to the details of your original post!

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No worries Chuck, I didn't specify up front, thanks anyways
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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

There is an LED equivalent for the quarter turn Sylvania bulbs used on the 400/800/8000 series also. This is a worthwhile upgrade, as the incandescent bulbs are pretty much worthless. You'd be better off holding a mini Maglite between your teeth while plowing at night.

I'll try to dig up the numbers once home.

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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

I used 12v LED's with a standard 1156 socket. This is the size socket used in the 3 front grill lights. They are super bright and use less watts than the old incadescent lamps. They are also not affected by temperature and moisture.
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"standard 1156 socket",,, excellent info, thanks Jack Ill look 'em up.
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Re: looking for advice on upgrading lights on my rider

The bulb used is a 1156 This is a popular bulb used on older cars and trucks for stop lights. it has one filament and one "tit" one the metal base. The first thing to try is to replace with new bulbs. Make sure the sockets are clean, and the bulb locks in kinda firm in the socket. A spring in the socket does that. You can use a wire brush used for plumbing to clean the socket. Remove the lens and spray paint the reflector area around the bulbs with hi temp silver paint. 1156 LED bulbs can be bought cheap but they won't last long. Better 1156 LED bulbs can be found but not so cheap. If you don't care about looks you could add a 12 volt rubber mounted universal tractor light in front. All my riding tractors have one on the back
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