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Changing Rotator bulb

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jonw440, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. jonw440

    jonw440 Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    I bought TWO cheap rotator lights from "Carquest". I paid $36.00 for two. With cig. plug and mag mount. I was wondering..........:rolleyes: if I could change the bulbs out and replace with brighter bulbs? They came with 20w push and turn bulbs (looks like marker light bulbs). Could I put in a 40 or 50 watt bulb?
    Being cheap as usual
     
  2. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    If they are a cheap as they sound, you will probably melt the socket if you try a larger wattage lamp. If you check online there are lots of places that sell warning lights. For just a little more you could get a good (Federal, Whelen, CodeThree) halogen rotator.
     
  3. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    You could change the bulb,and it shouldn't melt the socket.I've tried it a few times with those cheap teardrop rotators.They make 55W backup lamps (1156 style) that will work.It won't be too much brighter though,due to the cheap reflector and lens.
     
  4. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Click HERE for some inexpensive rotating lights.
     
  5. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

  6. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    While we're on the subject, I have a relatively good magnetic mount light that uses two 4"(?) round spotlamps. They say GE 4155 on them. The several auto parts stores and several hardware stores that I've tried have no clue about where to replace them. Anybody have a better idea? :confused:
     
  7. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    Can you give a description of the bulb, size, watts, is it screw in? Can you post a picture?
     
  8. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    They should use the same lamps as the small rubber tractor lamps.You need a spot though,not a flood like most of the rubber ones come with.I think they are just a PAR 36 sealed beam.Most truck shop have them,as they use them on the mirrors for backup\spot lamps.
     
  9. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    I don't have a picture to post. They have two terminals on the back. I haven't taken the light apart, but you can read what's on the back of the lamps. They are indeed spotlamps. It says so right on them. I hadn't thought of a "truck shop", as opposed to just a plain, old, auto parts store. I'll give that a try next.

    Thanks. :)
     
  10. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    You might want to try an outdoor equipment dealer, could it be similar to headlights on a lawn tractor?
     
  11. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Dont use the tractor lamps. They are flood lamps not spot lamps. You MUST use spot lamps in a rotating beacon or the light will appear very dim. Our local county highway department must have got a great deal on flood lamps, they are in all the highway trucks. From a distance you can't hardly tell they are on! Most auto parts stores have, or can get the 12V PAR Spot lamps.