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Does anyone have an idea that would work for headlight replacements?
I don't want to replace the headlights with par36's again, and was wondering if there was some sort of reflector/socket assembly that could be retrofitted to these tractors.

I don't want to drill holes and mount headlights off the side of the hood, tower, what have you. However, If there is any 4" reflector available, I wouldn't mind drilling out holes in it to put leds in.

Anyone have an idea?

Doug
 

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GT_80 should know a good source of replacement headlights :fing32:
 

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Whats wrong with the usual #4411 bulbs??....

I have used #4416 aircraft landing lights instead,they are the same size as original headlamps and have a "flood" beam,with no "checkerboard" on the lens,they are much brighter ,but dont focus on one spot like the regular bulbs...these bulbs are also used in rotating beacons like those on plow trucks and fire/police vehicles..
 

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I suppose nothing is wrong with replacing them, but I was wondering if anyone had come up with an alternative - I wanted to be able to swap in a cheap automotive bulb that could be had anywhere for cheap.

Doug
 

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I have a pair of Caterpillar 3"x3" stud mounted work lights that I'd like to mount behind a grille. They take H3s and I think they'll get the light out there. I need to find a mangled nose that I can tinker with.
 

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Just ordered a couple of these, should fit behind the grille with minimal modifications (to the light housing, not the grill), and still look factory from the outside.

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-halogen-vehicle-work-light-93904.html




For the cost of the pair, it was just as expensive as the normal replacement par36's, but in the future, I can just swap in replacement h3's for like 4 bucks, not to mention I can get them locally, rather than find them online and pay shipping :banghead3

Should save a ton of money in the long run. :thThumbsU

Doug
 

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i like those! in fact i think i'm gonna get a couple sets soon, thanks for posting the link brother!
 

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You can use a flat head screwdriver and carefully pop the bulb out of those rubber housings... The bulb inside is an original PAR36 headlight bulb - only difference may be a screw terminal vs a spade or vice versa.

they last for years!
 

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James, I think these housings have replaceable "bulbs", not par36's. The description says they have h3's which look like they can be popped out and replaced for like $4.

 

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H3 bulbs are probably going to be 55 watt - the original sealed beams are 35 watt. As long as you have enough generator capacity that should work OK.
 

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I used a pair of $20 fog lights for my 67 nose I put on. They work great, especially when plowing snow at night. I enjoy the wide beam they throw out.
 

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UPDATE:

The Lights came a week or two ago. I popped one of the light assemblys out of the rubber housing, and it looks like they should mount where the old PAR36's went. They are the same width as the PAR36's, but have a small removable H3 bulb inside that can be replaced easily and cheaply. Turns out I won't have to modify the rubber light housing after all, since I won't be using it.

They are pretty bright, and should be perfect for winter night plowing!

I will post pictures of them mounted in the grill in a few days - I don't have the tractor with me to try yet, but they should fit in with no problem.

Doug
 

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Installed the lights that were ordered from harbor freight, they fit perfectly! They are very bright, and I will post pictures of them in a few days when I get a better internet connection. Very easy to install - took the lamp assembly out of the rubber housing, and mounted it where the PAR36's would have gone, and they fit almost perfectly. The lamp assemblies are slightly smaller than the PAR36's, but still fit fine. Very glad I went this route.

Doug
 

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Use PAR36 LED lights. I use them on the work lights for the wrecker at work and they should fit like the oem lamps on yours. Lot less draw on the batt/charging system as well.
Check out AWDirect. They have all sorts of lights for towing and for the snow removal times you can get high quality small flashing LED warning light from them as well.
 

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Try reading down where the 4410's and 4411's are.

http://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lampssealedbeam.html

Are these cheap enough for you?

Not sure if your tractor has the screw type or the slide on type connectors.
I wanted to stay away from this kind of option for two reasons: When the bulbs burn out, you have to throw the whole thing away, instead of a tiny bulb. (2) Shipping costs were not cost effecient - with H3 bulbs, I can stop in almost any local store and pick up a couple at the same cost as one PAR36 bulb.

Also, the bulbs I have now are 20 watts brighter.

These lights you found are pretty cheap though. :thThumbsU

Use PAR36 LED lights. I use them on the work lights for the wrecker at work and they should fit like the oem lamps on yours. Lot less draw on the batt/charging system as well.
Check out AWDirect. They have all sorts of lights for towing and for the snow removal times you can get high quality small flashing LED warning light from them as well.
I looked at PAR36 LED's, but could not justify the cost. I wanted to do this cheaply, and think I accomplished my goal. If the cost ever comes down (A LOT), these will be the best alternative for any PAR36 replacement.

:thanku:
Doug
 
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