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Old 04-18-2019, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Drum Tail light brightness

I am helping a friend with his 28 Tudor for touring . Hed really like to keep the single drum style lamp. What can we do to make it brighter?
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:26 PM   #2
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make sure the ground is good, run a wire from the "grounded" portion of the bulb directly to the grounded portion of the battery terminal, or are there "lower voltage" bulbs?
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:02 PM   #3
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Yes, make sure you have a good ground.

You can buy an LED light insert that works with the drum style tail light. They are really bright!
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:06 PM   #4
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Also, Snyder's sells bulb that are about twice as bright as the standard bulps for 6V
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:23 PM   #5
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Jim, who sells the Drum tail lamp compatible LED plate?

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Old 04-18-2019, 05:26 PM   #6
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Jim, who sells the Drum tail lamp compatible LED plate?
Bratton's:

https://www.brattons.com/6-vt-driver...ail-light.html

To get the green card with the LEDs to sit up close to the lens and shine out the best, wad up a small piece of bubble wrap (the type with the really small bubbles -- about 1/4" bubbles) and stuff it behind the green card before putting drum back on.

Pretty easy to install.

Be sure to order either 6 V pos. gnd. (above link) or 12 V neg. grd., whatever your car is.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:07 PM   #7
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I have installed led's from Bratton's in my drum tail light and my tea cup tail light. The tea cup tail light was very simple to install. The drum tail light led is a little tougher to install. I had to glue the green card to the dividing plate to get it to stay in place. I then put some foam rubber behind it. Both are very bright and safer. You will not be disappointed in the results.


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Old 04-18-2019, 07:12 PM   #8
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LEDs are good. You can also paint the inside of the tail light housing white. That helps a lot, too.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:28 AM   #9
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Use APPLIANCE WHITE.
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:47 AM   #10
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There's one thing I don't get, how are these LED inserts MORE expensive than complete LED stainless steel tail light assembles, see:

https://www.brattons.com/6vt-red-amb...mbly-left.html
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:53 AM   #11
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I know that the purest will cringe, but. People are not accustomed to looking down to see tail lights anymore, just cell phones. I installed an led third brake light from Berts in the rear window of my Tudor. Has a low profile and when it comes on, it's an attention getter. I just hooked it up as a brake light even though it will also work as a turn indicator. Chap
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:49 AM   #12
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A link to what I use, explore the site, a lot of good info. If you email/call them you will get what you need. I believe both are BA15d. Can not find my paperwork, would give you the part #s if I could find the paperwork/receipts. Just plug and play.


I f I remember correctly they have been discussed on her before, Do a search on Dynamo regulator for more info.


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http://www.dynamoregulatorconversions.com/
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:01 AM   #13
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I have had good results using aluminum foil formed inside the reflector as a quick fix on all my old cars.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:04 PM   #14
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It has been a long time but I think we used a 32 by 50 headlight bulb in the tail lights.
As I recall, it just plugged in.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:17 PM   #15
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Hey CHAP 32 - Nothing wrong with being a Purist AND adapting a SAFETY ITEM...
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