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Teleman

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Posted: 10/21/20 09:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an 88 Coachmen Classic and I wonder if the is an HID headlamp option for the old sealed headlamp style. Any ideas?

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Posted: 10/22/20 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look for the DOT numbers molded into the lens and google to see what they actually came off of. Work from there. There are brighter bulbs available for most headlight assemblies at Autozone or O'Reilleys.

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LED is a better option. Do some research to see how each LED is made. Some put the LED right where the filament would be which gives it the same beam. Others put multiple LEDs which throws off the beam and then you just have a bright light with no actual beam. If you have the old square glass halogen/sealed beam bulbs you can buy new housing that take H series bulbs that you can put the LEDs in.

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First check the voltage at the headlight terminals. It is probably less than what's at the battery. Most vehicles use a too small wire that goes through the headlight switch down to the lights which results in a lower voltage at the lights due to the amp draw from the lights. The best option is to add a relay so the wires from the headlight switch go to the relay that you mount near the lights. Then run a larger gauge wire to that relay then to the light. That will give you a higher voltage and more amps at the light which will give more light.
If that isn't enough then you could change the lights to better ones and will still have higher voltage at the lights.
Do a search for this upgrade.

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First step, IMHO, would be check the voltage at the headlamp using the same ground and power path. I have found corroded connections in the wiring (often on ground side) can cause a dim lamp.

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Definitely get the HIDs. Go to The Retrofit Source and see if anything fits your headlight type. I made a set of HIDs for my 2002 Grand Prix that were 10000% better than stock. Just make sure they are aimed properly....

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Thanks for the responses. I will definitely explore these options.

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Look here for info and parts

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/

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Found some LED replacement headlamps on Amazon. We'll see how it goes!

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