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Old 12-20-2003, 08:51 AM   #1
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Flood light lens melting

I noticed that the circular flood light plastic lens on our Excella was distorted by heat, and starting to crack. I checked that the correct 1156 bulb was in place. When I went to a wreckers yard, the only lenses I found were also partly slumped and distorted by heat. Before I experiment with lower wattage bulbs, has anyone come up with a good solution? Perhaps a replacement glass lens, a suitable lower wattage bulb, a complete replacement flood-light ? Thanks. Nick.
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Old 12-20-2003, 12:24 PM   #2
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Lenses

You can buy replacement lenses and whole light fixtures.
They will also melt in due time. Good thing that the replacement lenses are not too expensive.
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Old 12-20-2003, 12:48 PM   #3
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Try installing an LED bulb. Less heat, less power consuption....only downside is the high cost of the bulbs.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/led_prods.htm

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Old 12-20-2003, 01:04 PM   #4
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Re: Lenses

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You can buy replacement lenses and whole light fixtures.
They will also melt in due time. Good thing that the replacement lenses are not too expensive.
Smily
Don't turn the light on...the lenses will last indefintely

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Old 12-23-2003, 11:47 AM   #5
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Distorted scare light lens

The outside flood light, some call a scare light, when left on for many hours, gets hot enough to cause the lens to severely distort.

Please keep in mind that this light fixture was never intended to be left on for hours. If you look at the rear end of many truck trailers, you will see the same light. They use it as a "backup" light, which of course never stays on very long.

The original bulb for the scare light is an 1156, which draws 2.1 amps, which is 25 watts.

A corrective measure is to replace that bulb with an 1141. It draws 1.44 amps, which is 17.3 watts.

That will allow you to run the light for hours at a time, without causing any lens distortion. You will find that it is not quite as bright, but certainly adequate for the purpose intended.

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Old 12-24-2003, 09:38 AM   #6
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Andy, thank you. You are a scholar, and a gentleman! Nick.
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