Re: [DML] Re: Tail Light Bulb Number
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Re: [DML] Re: Tail Light Bulb Number

Wow!  I never thought the light bulb question would generate so much interest.  Here's the scoop:
Kayo asked for the bulb that is on all the time.  The only bulb that stays illuminated continuously when your parking lights are on is the center bulb on the board.  ALL other bulbs are 1156 bulbs.  This is also the tail light section that is widest on the car, and the only one that should have a reflector in it.
The factory tail light circuit boards will tell you the type of bulb, as well as the intensity in candle power of the bulb.  All sockets call for a 32 candlepower (the equivalent to somewhere around 25W), *except* the running light bulb, which is a type 89, 6 candlepower (about 5W) bulb.  Since the original is pretty dim, Rob calls for a 5008, which gets you almost the same bulb in 10W.  Putting one of the 1156 bulbs in the socket designed for the smaller bulb will eventually melt the reflector inside.
So, to recap, on a factory spec car, driver's side, facing the rear of the car, the bulbs from left to right are:
- Turn signal (1156, only lights up with the flasher)
- Brake light (1156, only lights up when you hit the brakes)
- Tail light (originally an 89, now replaced with a 5008, only lights up when the parking lights or head lights are on, the only socket with a reflector)
- Brake light (1156, only lights up when you hit the brakes, same as opposite side)
- Reverse light (1156, only lights up when car is in reverse)
If your car isn't this way, it was either modified by a previous owner, or modified for a different country, etc.  Some people have missing reflectors because the tail light cluster (easy to get) was replaced with no reflector (hard to get).
Happy Lighting,
Jake Kamphoefner

----- Original Message ----
From: welmoedj <joe.dalton@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, May 8, 2008 7:30:15 AM
Subject: [DML] Re: Tail Light Bulb Number

Forgive me, Jake for not knowing.
However my D had no reflector in the tail lights (10Watt).
I assumed that this was a "normal" situation.

The bulbs in the brake lights (there is a reflector) are the same 
size (but 21 Watt) in my car.

It was my understanding that 1156 is only the format of the fitting, 
the glas and the bulb's number of fillaments (this case only one).

Shed a little light on me?


--- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, Jake Kamphoefner <jakekamp@.. .> wrote:
> No no no.  The 1156 will fit, but it is not correct.  An 1156 in 
that socket risks melting the reflector in there.  Ask my previous 
owner how I know...
> Rob is right: 5008.
> Jake Kamphoefner
> 1063
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: welmoedj <joe.dalton@ ...>
> To: dmcnews@yahoogroups .com
> Sent: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:56:27 AM
> Subject: [DML] Re: Tail Light Bulb Number
> All single fillament bulb have number 1156 (1157 is double 
> Welmoed.
> --- In dmcnews@yahoogroups .com, "K.L. (KAYO) Ong" <klo@> wrote:
> >
> > Does anyone knows off hand the number of the light bulb's number 
> > located at the tail light assembly?
> > That is the middle bulb that stays on when the vehicle lights are 
> > turned on.
> > 
> > Thanks...... ...
> > 
> > Kayo Ong
> > #5508
> > Lic. 9D NY
> >
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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