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05-25-2019 06:49 PM
chartmaker TYC from RA in '03 Taurus. OE had been rubbed out with rubbing compound few days earlier OE had Sylvania Silver Stars. In the new HL, left is Basic Sylvania as supplied, right I moved the Silver Star over to it.


By measure peak output in my modified light meter, ~150 OE, 350++ with new HL. Meter goes to 350 but the needle goes past to the peg. I used strip of masking tape over the meter head to tone it down. Should have done a bit more so as to stay on scale.


Taurus is a bit of a pain. The bumper cover traps the fixture so I had to pull the push pin and pull the cover back to get the lamps out and in.


-chart-
05-25-2019 12:10 PM
rsteve56 Chart, did you get NSF certified or CAPA?
05-24-2019 09:20 PM
chartmaker Got a pair TYC from RA today. Packing and condition look excellent. Comes with harness and bulbs. When I switch, I plan to do it in my "apartment" garage which has no windows so I can do a look on the wall for alignment
and also do a light meter compare to OE. Will post when done. Sylvania Bulbs.
-chart-
05-21-2019 09:43 PM
95TaurusinSK I found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automo...and_reflectors

Wikipedia doesn't say whether there has to be an amber reflector as well as the amber bulb. HOWEVER, every vehicle that I have owned that used an amber bulb in the front side marker that was attached to the headlight, had an amber strip at the side of the light body. My '95 Taurus uses a lens that is clear at the front, but amber on the side, and uses an amber bulb. My ex wife's 1990 Taurus used a similar arrangement. My 1991 Sable did, too. My Rangers all had amber lenses. My 2004 Focus had an amber lens. My 1989 Topaz used an amber lens.

I suspect that the amber reflector is so that when lights are off, an approaching vehicle can still tell where the front of the vehicle is.
05-21-2019 11:42 AM
ForrestBob
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The lights in your photo aren't even DOT legal due to lacking orange reflectors, so...good luck with that.
Took a closer look at them, they (claim) to be DOT compliant.

Also, you can see a cutout where the amber bulb would cause it to glow orange when the lights are on. Tried doing more research but just finding conflicting info on weather this is sufficient.
04-24-2019 11:09 AM
ForrestBob Sounds nice! But more than what I'm willing to spend. After all, I only spent $3000 on the car itself
04-24-2019 03:57 AM
ice445 Message Evolution AutoWerks on Facebook, he builds custom projector head lamps out of the stock ones for around 500 bucks. That's your best bet because not only does it look cool, but he gives some customization options AND the light output is dramatically improved.
04-23-2019 09:48 PM
ForrestBob Okay, been thinking about this, and I wonder if its possible to dismantle and swap around parts between the headlight assemblys. Say, the black housing from DNA/Speed Daddy/whatever, and the internals from OEM. Is this possible without ruining everything?
04-12-2019 06:28 PM
ForrestBob Yeah, but those still just look like the original.
04-11-2019 04:24 PM
JGZ I bought both a left and right headlamp assembly for my 2000 SE from Rock Auto. They are different manufacturers (one is TYC) but the both look identical. Both of them work well and neither of them were expensive. Well worth it.
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