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Old 12-23-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
Austin Shackles
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uprated headlamps - a warning


Just spent an hour or so fixing a friend's car.

someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course not
funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.

switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized bulbs.

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"Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt"
(confound the men who have made our remarks before us.)
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Old 12-23-2005, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course

not
> funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
> the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>
> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
> for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized

bulbs.

Thanks Austin.
As I've said before, the LR's appear to be the only vehicles that cannot
cope with off-road bulbs.....

TonyB


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Old 12-23-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

TonyB wrote:

>> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
>> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course

> not
>> funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
>> the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>>
>> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the
>> connector for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit
>> proper-sized

> bulbs.
>
> Thanks Austin.
> As I've said before, the LR's appear to be the only vehicles that cannot
> cope with off-road bulbs.....
>


Which is why mine now has a set of relays with their own feed which use the
original headlamp wiring for the relay coil.

I'd actually recommend doing this as a matter of course - the light output
even with standard bulbs is quite a bit improved with this setup - the
resistance in the standard wiring must be phenomenal

P.
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Old 12-23-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 22:22:06 +0000, Steve
<steve@thetaylorfamily.org.uk> wrote:

>TonyB wrote:
>>> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
>>> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course

>> not
>>> funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
>>> the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>>>
>>> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
>>> for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized

>> bulbs.
>>
>> Thanks Austin.
>> As I've said before, the LR's appear to be the only vehicles that cannot
>> cope with off-road bulbs.....

>
>Its what destroyed the panel loom on our ambi too.


I dont think i'd even entertain the thought of running anything more
than standard bulbs on the 101 original wiring.

I was going to rewire mine and fit new normal wattage halogens. as it
is its got the orignals in and I dont think theyre even getting the
full 12v as they are like candles!


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Old 12-23-2005, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
Austin Shackles
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

On or around Fri, 23 Dec 2005 21:40:50 +0000 (UTC), "TonyB"
<Norfolk@soxclara.co.uk> enlightened us thusly:

>> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
>> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course

>not
>> funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
>> the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>>
>> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
>> for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized

>bulbs.
>
>Thanks Austin.
>As I've said before, the LR's appear to be the only vehicles that cannot
>cope with off-road bulbs.....


this was a monetgo. The *wiring* is massive fat stuff, but the switch
and/or connectors don't seem to have liked it.
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Old 12-23-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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"Austin Shackles" <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote in message
news:l7joq1hbb7voeo7n3ra2642j5uib9nh3ce@4ax.com...
>
> Just spent an hour or so fixing a friend's car.
>
> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course
> not
> funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
> the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>
> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
> for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized
> bulbs.
>
> --
> Austin Shackles. www.ddol-las.net my opinions are just that
> "Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt"
> (confound the men who have made our remarks before us.)
> Aelius Donatus (4th Cent.) [St. Jerome, Commentary on Ecclesiastes]


pity he didn't read alt fan landrover headlight posts before he fitted
them then.It seems to come up about once a month, lucky really that the loom
didn't catch fire as well
http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f31/11...ght-26829.html
http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f31/de...hts-26143.html
Derek


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Old 12-23-2005, 16:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

Austin Shackles wrote:
> Just spent an hour or so fixing a friend's car.
>
> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of
> course not funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do
> what mine did on the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>
> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the
> connector for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit
> proper-sized bulbs.


Also illegal too. Better to fit some decent 'quality' lamps, no hike in wattage, just a better spectrum
of light. The Xenon +40% (same wattage) i fitted to the RRC have made a nice difference. I made sure
(after all the hullabaloo on here) that they didn't blind anyone

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Old 12-23-2005, 16:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: uprated headlamps - a warning

Tom Woods <tomarse_@hotmail.com> uttered summat worrerz funny about:
>> Its what destroyed the panel loom on our ambi too.

>
> I dont think i'd even entertain the thought of running anything more
> than standard bulbs on the 101 original wiring.
>
> I was going to rewire mine and fit new normal wattage halogens. as it
> is its got the orignals in and I dont think theyre even getting the
> full 12v as they are like candles!


If I understand the operators manual correctly then the wiring was installed
prior to any consideration for Eberspacher heaters. Therefore it's supposed
to get hot, tis the only thing that did in the GS's then they bunged the
Ambi bodies on and forgot to remove the electrical central heating.


;-)

Lee


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Old 12-23-2005, 17:01   #9 (permalink)
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On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 19:29:19 +0000, Austin Shackles
<austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote:

>
>Just spent an hour or so fixing a friend's car.
>
>someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
>investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of course not
>funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do what mine did on
>the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>
>switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the connector
>for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit proper-sized bulbs.


That'll learn you to fit over-power headlamps without upgrading the
wiring and switchgear to cope. You're lucky it didn't catch fire.

Alex
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Old 12-23-2005, 17:01   #10 (permalink)
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Alex <nospam.alex@cbmsys.co.uk> uttered summat worrerz funny about:
> On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 19:29:19 +0000, Austin Shackles
> <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote:
>
>>
>> Just spent an hour or so fixing a friend's car.
>>
>> someone previously had fitted 100/55W bulbs, as I found out when
>> investigating why the headlights had completely died, which is of
>> course not funny when driving in the dark. At least they didn't do
>> what mine did on the 110, and go out when approaching a corner.
>>
>> switchwork overheated, melted the connector. Had to replace the
>> connector for the dipswitch and the switch unit, and of course fit
>> proper-sized bulbs.

>
> That'll learn you to fit over-power headlamps without upgrading the
> wiring and switchgear to cope. You're lucky it didn't catch fire.
>
> Alex


Nah read the post... Austin's mates motor. Hence Austin very lucky.

Lee


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