REDO OF LICENSE PLATE LIGHT COVER - IT IS OFFICIAL - I AM OBSESSIVE
Crown Coach used Arrow Lights for their license plate lights. They even have a recessed part of the rear end of the bus specifically for the light. My license plate light housing was old and shabby. It was original to the bus. It also has a weak incandescent bulb.
I searched for several weeks for a new license plate light from Arrow. Arrow is still in business. However, they no longer make this particular model of light. The Crown Arrow light had the holes bolting it to the rear doors within the body of the light. The new Arrow version has the flange with the screw holes outside of the body of the main housing. I think it looks horrible and takes away from the symmetry of the light and the recessed body area.
I finally came to the conclusion that I would restore the light rather than replacing it. First I had to find an LED bulb that would fit in the housing. I found a website that specializes in LED replacement bulbs. Their website is:
The original bulb is a GE 89 incandescent. They made a replacement bulb that will be much brighter. A picture is below:
Next I checked out the light fixture itself. The interior was painted black. That seems like it would absorb the light rather than reflecting it out of the housing. So, I cleaned it, masked off the glass opening where the light shines through, primed it, then spray painted it with a highly reflective chrome style metallic paint.
Finished Reflective Paint Job in the Interior of the Light Housing
Next, I cleaned, primed and painted the same paint on the base of the housing where the light resides. Again, this was to get as much reflection of the light as possible out of the housing.
Finished Reflective Plaint Job on the Light Housing Base
Finally, I cleaned the exterior of the license plate light housing, masked off the glass lens, primed it and then painted it a glossy black. So, I now have original equipment that has been modernized with much brighter LED technology and it looks like it just came off the factory floor.
License Plate Light Housing Newly Painted
I know that this may seem like a great deal of fuss over a little item. However, I want this bus to look great and the little things add up. So yes, I am obsessed. I proudly admit it.