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Old 12-04-2016, 02:31 AM   #1
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Ideas NEEDED: Replacing Upper Flashing Lights w/ offroad LEDs

That's right, I want to replace the four upper school bus lights (two each side) with some super bright LED lights. Ideally they would surface mount or be recessed like the originals, and be about the same size so as to emulate the original lights. And they need to be damn brite...so I can see way up the road when I'm out in the weeds. Or when I'm out on the hiway and get stuck behind a Prius.

I'm talking about those two on either side of the Pirate Fish.

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Old 12-04-2016, 08:10 AM   #2
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Do you know what bulb is used? Lots of possibilities. If they use the GE 4636 it is a par 64 bulb even more options not just automotive. Par 64 come in different beam angles 2° to 40° and up to 3150+ lumens.

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Old 12-04-2016, 10:34 AM   #3
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Please expound on this a bit. I'm expecting delivery of my skoolie next Saturday and was thinking of doing just this. Seem like since I have the working switch I could just replace the safety lights with fog lights.

Any pointers to sources or similar mods would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:48 AM   #4
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If the bus has no flasher and just a switch and takes sealed beam bulbs of the GE 4636 you could replace the sealed beams with upgrade leds. The GE 4636 is designed around the par 64 form factor. These bulbs would most likely be behind coloured lenses, remove the lens and you have white lights. That is if your bus is equipped with that type of fixtures. Any information on the bus?

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Old 12-04-2016, 11:00 AM   #5
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Collins bus has a good website
http://www.collinsbuscorp.com/index.php

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I checked the online catalog and it listed 7" led or 7" halogen. The halogen bulbs maybe sealed beam GE 4636 but they use their own part numbers.
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Be advised that DOT prohibits white lights up that high unless they have covers when on the highway. Off road OK...but not on public roads.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:58 AM   #7
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Be advised that DOT prohibits white lights up that high unless they have covers when on the highway. Off road OK...but not on public roads.
Well noted, although I am not one of those people who is all that concerned with strict compliance. More like one of those people who complies with what I can't get away with...

What I am after here are some big, bright offroad driving lights (think Baja 1000) that I can use to replace the existing light fixtures. Wiring is not a consideration; I can do whatever's necessary for that. But I need the whole enchilada, as the existing lights will get exported to the trash bin. And need LED's for low power draw.

Sure, anybody can throw out big $$$ and solve this. I need reasonable cost. That is where you guys on this forum can help.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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Oops it's par 46 form factor not 64

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Old 12-04-2016, 12:41 PM   #9
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Be advised that DOT prohibits white lights up that high unless they have covers when on the highway. Off road OK...but not on public roads.
I have never found a federal nor state regulation requirement to keep "offroad" lights covered while on a public road.

In general, you can mount as many lights as you please wherever you please provided that you never activate them on public roads.

Which means you could run around with them not covered and off.
Just don't forget to turn them off when you see any headlights from other vehicles.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:54 PM   #10
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Here is a par 46 2° 2000 lumens drop in bulb.

http://sirennet.com/store/product/si...2deg-spotlight

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When I use to do concert lighting we used par 46 aircraft landing lights higher voltage 24 - 38 volt.
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