I've had Hella halogen headlights on my tiger since the day after I got it
home. They, like all the other replaceable-bulb lights, shield the direct
output from the bulb such that you get more light on the road and less in the
oncoming drivers' eyes than the old-school incandescents.
The power requirement for these lights is the same as for regular
incandescents so as others have said you don't need to upgrade the wiring to
use these lights... All the same it's a really good idea to go through the
headlight connections and fix any that are damaged by corrosion or road rash.
I am running the headlights through a pair of 30 amp relays so that the
headlight switch doesn't have to pass the full headlight current, and also
have a circuit breaker in series.
I made up my own wiring for that but I did use some painless relay sockets.
Best thing to do is to tackle the headlight wiring as part of a general wiring
upgrade where you also relay the horns, and add a fourth relay for the
ignition switched stuff. That will save your ignition key switch in the long
On 2012-02-05, at 2:32 PM, TIGEROOTES@aol.com wrote:
> I began using Cibie halogen headlights with 55 watt low beam and 100 watt
> high beam bulbs, back in the late 70s in my Alpine 5. A few years later, I
> bought my Tiger and used the same lamps. I didn't improve the wiring and
> it worked fine in both cars. By the way, in those days only Washington
> State and Pennsylvania allowed Halogen bulbs to be used on-the-road,
> to a maximum 55 watts. Washington didn't allow (rear) amber turn signal
> lenses until the early 80s!
> Jim Leach Pacific Tiger Club Seattle
> I was reading an article in Hemmings Muscle Machines re replacing
> incandescent headlamps with halogens.
> The article also talks about utilizing a wiring harness from Painless
> Wiring. Has anyone out there made this type of switch.
> Maybe it's me getting older, but I would love to have brighter headlamps
> on my Tiger.
> Thanks in advance
> Tym McDowell
> '66 MK1A (The Nuclear Banana)
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