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Locomotive headlight conversion kits
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Author:  crij [ Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Locomotive headlight conversion kits

robertmacdowell wrote:
crij wrote:
If you really want to use one of those par bulbs... remove the reflector and door(with glass) and mount the holder for a single 64v 2 wire terminal bulb... tends to look ugly...

Why do all that? Just make a holder for a PAR that screws into an E26 base and has some rubber bumpers so it can rest on the old reflector. Jumper across the old resistor. Fully reversible.

Original poster was looking to use the off the shelf double bulb holder applied in the E & F unit headlight housings. No need to jump the resistor, GE 44 Ton headlights are full 64/72 Vdc at the bulb.

Your idea might work, but I would worry about the weight of the bulb and the resulting moment force destroying the socket, the 250W PAR bulb is about 4+ times the weight of the OEM incandescent bulb and you still need to add the adapter.
Rich C.

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