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Old 08-28-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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'56 Bargman taillights & door light

I am rehabbing the Bargman taillights on my 56 Flying Cloud. The whole assemblies were corroded, so I cleaned, primed, and painted the cans:
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Questions:
1. Did I make a mistake in painting all of the cans (front, back, and mounting posts for the lights)? Will that paint interfere with grounding the light to the skin of the coach?
2. Some of the connection/contact point hardware is in bad shape. I can salvage the bulb housing, but some of the contacts, springs, and wires are not in great shape. Is that hardware still used and available in an auto parts store or elsewhere? I know that VTS has a whole replacement can with the light fixture, but I am hoping I can salvage most of the original parts.
3. I have this door light fixture:
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It was wired with two wires, and the fixture and the lamp have two contact points. I do not understand why. Could that wiring have permitted a low and high wattage? Does anyone think I should retain the high/low feature? I was thinking that I would try to find an LED bulb to install.
4. I also would like to replace my running/clearance light bulbs with LEDs. The only marking I can read on one of the clearance light bulbs is GE 57 (two bayonet lugs and one contact). Can anyone suggest a suitable LED bulb?

Thanks, Hank
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
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I can tell you....from experience....a shocking experience. That door light is not 12 volt, like you would assume. It is 115 volt and the bulb is hard to find. I use an appliance, sewing machine, light.
I have no idea why they did that...maybe to keep from draining the battery when boon docking or on the move if the light is left on.
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I can tell you....from experience....a shocking experience. That door light is not 12 volt, like you would assume. It is 115 volt and the bulb is hard to find. I use an appliance, sewing machine, light.
I have no idea why they did that...maybe to keep from draining the battery when boon docking or on the move if the light is left on.
Thanks, Robin, for that shocking insight! I had not even considered that it would be an AC circuit. I intend to make that light a DC bulb, so I will search for a suitable LED. Hank
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On my 58 FC, I rewired this fixture to 12v. Now an efficient 12v LED bulb sits in it.
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On my 58 FC, I rewired this fixture to 12v. Now an efficient 12v LED bulb sits in it.
That is good news, as I plan to do the same. Do you happen to have any information on the bulb that you used? Thanks, Hank
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It's 1156 base. Not sure if it's the same with yours but I was able to rewire near the air pump switch.
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