Hardbag light package not working.

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by dangerdan, May 19, 2008.

  1. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    I thought I would share this with other newbee's as I feel really stupid about this one.

    I was testing all my lights and found a few not working. I cleaned all the rust from the contacts and got all lights to work except for the ones around the hardbags. Its 3 pm in the afternoon and getting lots of sunshine in the garage. I see voltage at the connector and decided to rip things apart.

    Its now 8 pm and am working in the basement. I rip the lighting package apart, do some continuity testing and nothing. I find a 12v DC transformer plug it the the light package and see light.

    THIS IS WHERE THE STUPID PART COMES IN.

    These light are not that bright , there was nothing wrong with them. It was just to bright in the garage when I first tested them.


    :bigsmiley30: :bigsmiley30: :bigsmiley30: :bigsmiley30:
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    OHHHHHH Dan!:tounge Happens to all of us at some time.:cheers
     
  3. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Hey, I've never done anything that silly. Not today anyway. I,m glad it was a mistake and not really a problem for you Dan.
     
  4. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    Today I closed the garage door.
    Both sides work, they are dim but they work. :bigsmiley8:


    In fact all the lights work now.
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Why are they dim? have the right bulbs in them?
     
  6. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    My wife says I'm kind of dim and after 30 years still can't figure out how to turn up the voltage.
     
  7. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    They dont look like LED's , the bulbs (incendesent) are 1/4 inch high and are permantly mounted on a strip. I think there is about 10 bulbs per strip.

    The red outer lenses is about 4 inches wide , and has a 1 inch strip which I believe is some sort of diffuser running along the length with holes about 1/8 inch wide.
    I checked all 3 sections with a digital ohm meter and got almost 0 ohms .

    I dont know why they're not bright. It looks like they are running at half intensity. I got 12v DC at the conector. I dont know what else I can do , except replace them LED's.
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Are these just running lights you're talking about here? Sounds like dim LED lights.
     
  9. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    These are running lights that wrap around the side bags.
    If these are LED they sure dont act or look like them.

    Has a very yellowish glow.
    I thought LED lighting was white .

    I checked them again...In the dark they have a nice redish glow with the lenses attached.
    :breakdance
     
  10. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    LED's come in all colors even ones that change colors. With that many lights in the strip as you say, I would say they are LED's in there.