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Blue Dot Tail Lights WHY? When did this start?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 48flyer, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. I have had a set of genuine Lynx Eye blue dots on my Oz 1940 Dodge since 1975, the car uses 1940 US Plymouth taillights from the Oz factory..........when I had the 1941 Plymouth Coupe a factory RHD car from Sth Africa I got a Lynx Eye taillight to suit the 41 Plymouth centre light, couldn't find any for the outer taillights tho'........both the sets of Lynx Eye lens came in original Lynx Eye boxes..........way never been hassled by the police or annual rego checks for having these blue dots.........I've never pointed them out to the police nor rego guys so I suppose that's been a saving Douglas

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    Since my google image search is so much better these days I thought I'd toss up and O.E.M. Packard 12 lense pic.
    This is the real deal right from the manufacturer:
    Ok, how about a 32 Cadilac as well:
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  3. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    I know this is 7 years ago, but this dude must see some interesting rainbows. Real light is all the frequencies in the visible spectrum (and more for non-primate species with eyes). The fact is that red and blue are at opposite ends of the light we can see and therefore are more recognizable to our eyes. I like old blue dots, not modern ones. Real hot rods have glass lenses.
  4. Blue dot's are cool to look at scream vintage hot rod when it's dark and the driver ,or biker in this case,apply s the brakes they emit that beautiful purplish glow and are very visible.

    On the other hand,during the day and in the bright sunshine tails lights with blue dots are not bright enough for the average distracted driver to see and have time to react.

    I had blue dots in the tail lights of my 1940 Ford sedan and in broad daylight I was rear ended as I slowed down for a school bus,the driver told the policeman I didn't have any brake lights,fortunately one wasn't destroyed when the car was hit.

    As bad as that was and as venerable as motorcyclist are I would think you would rather have the brightest lights possible.

    BTW,back in the early 70's I had a '56 Panhead and I installed a blue dot in tombstone tail light and thought it looked great,my ridding buddy's told me they couldn't see my brake lights so I replaced the lens. HRP
  5. Smokin Joe
    Joined: Mar 19, 2002
    Posts: 3,770

    Smokin Joe

    They make you notice when the car in front of you hits the brakes. There are red lights everywhere and you get used to them, but that purple glow gets your attention. That's why I run them and always have when I could. They DO have to be directly behind the bulb to work right, and glass lenses work with them better than plastic ones. Besides, they're cool and your average Camry doesn't have them. Very first thing I usually modify on a car.
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    from Ojai,Ca

    Doc, the combination of red with the blue changes the color of the illuminated light to be seen at a greater distance than just red. Red is the worse color to be seen at a distance that is why Navy ships use red lights at night so not to be seen from a distance but yet on board there is light. Many police cars use blue now and some have eliminated the red lights. In Ca. blue lights to the front or rear of a car are illegal for civilian cars.
  7. Just looked it up in the NY vehicle code, nothing comes right out and nixes it, but they go into great lengths to specify that they are meant to be on emergency vehicles only.
  8. My Blue Dot story. Frist let me say that I haven't read this thread yet. So I probably shouldn't comment about it. I do remember when I started driving and seen these on a few old Hot Rods. I thought they were very cool. At the time they didn't make any reproductions, that I knew of at least. I would find them at the junkyard. I would buy the whole lens, take them home, and drill my old lens so I could add the blue dots. When the police went with all blue lights in Va. they became illegal,{ that's just my opinion}. My Hot Rods never were very legal. If I though they were safe, I would pay the fine, for the cool stuff. lol Ron...
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  9. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 435


    Immortalised on vinyl.
    3rd verse from My Pink Cadillac by Sammy Masters from 1956. :)

    Well I signed my name on the dotted line
    And I shouted to the world that she's really mine
    Picked up my sweetie just to take her for a flight
    And to show the other cats my blue tail lights
    Oh-oh-oh-me, take a look at that pink Cadillac
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  10. As for the history of Blue Dots, the pics that Highlander posted of the Packard and Cadillac with blue dots goes with the story I read in Collectible Automobile magazine a few yrs ago.........high end luxury cars like Packard, Cadillac & Duesenberg had them as a factory installation and the aftermarket industry like Lynx Eye made them available to suit lesser makes & models........eventually like my least that's what I have read...............andyd
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  11. slack
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    A guy I went to high school with (King Dork) had em hanging on the bottom of his axle midway between the chunk and the backing plate. The car was bright yellow and had the ass end jacked up with shackles :rolleyes:. Looked goofy to me but whatever. I'm normally a "live and let live" kinda guy but this guy was a real drama queen, loud and spastic as hell. The first day of our senior year, before school started, he comes in from the parking lot cussin, yellin and goin on. He hollered "somebody broke my axle lights and if I find out who did it, I'll kill him!" And proceeded to punch a locker :rolleyes:. My little brother (first day of his freshman year) rounded the corner and I called him over. I whispered; "go down there and tell that guy you broke his axle lights." So he walked to the end of the hall and I couldn't hear but I could see. Little bro tells him something and he grabbed my brother by the collar with both hands and slammed him against the lockers. It all went down hill from there for the king. Little brother uppercut and one punched him (which is what I figured.) So there he lay. Why? I don't know, he was conscious. I guess he was tryin to maximize the drama. Stayed there until the first bell.o_O It's a sad testament but I really got a kick out of that :D
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  12. "Blue is the new Orange".
    (mic drop)

    Yes you can quote me.
  13. seb fontana
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    seb fontana
    from ct

    Another slow day...
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  14. 58 Yeoman
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    58 Yeoman
    from Lacon, IL

    I've run them in my 58 Chevy since the early 90's and have never been stopped or questioned.
  15. Smoe
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    I realize this discussion is 5 years old. My name is Joe aka Smoe and I'm new to the forum. I found this thread trying to research some history on Not the "Blue Dot" but the "Amber Dot" I grew up in Southern Arizona during the 70's and remember every slick hot rod or lowrider had blue dots. I eventially drove and of course, put blue dots on my car. I remember Hot Rod shops (Dons Hot Rod) and Lowrider Shops (Rey & Sons) had glass blue dots and glass amber dots for sale. I remember only seen a few cars with the amber dots.

    Fast forward to today. Blue dots were illegal in Arizona then and still are. Its hit or miss if you get pulled over. I recently sourced some genuine Glass Amber Dots from Ollies Hot Rod & Chop Shop in Lancaster Ohio. I installed them on my Harley Davidson. They look awesome and according to Arizona law, legal.

    My question is; Anyone have some history on the glass amber dots? Who used them? Personal experiences with them? Anything? I know this just adds to the Blue Dot mysteries. Any help would be appreciated.


  16. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
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    Blue dots are probably frowned on due to emergency vehicles using red and blue lights....
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  17. Elcohaulic
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    They were for medial people so they wouldn't get pulled over if going fast to get the the emergency room or some other place doctors and nurses would be needed..
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  18. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
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    Sorry, I'm no help. I'm curious about them also.
  19. Never seen the amber dots. The blue dots have been on my 33 pickup longer than I have been alive. Never been haggled by the police here with them here in Oregon. I will agree the glass blue dot is the only one that works, they are really bright when the lights are on. Had some with the plastic dot and all it really did was cover up alot of light. I will say the use of them around here has dwindled, was really popular when I was a kid riding around with my grandpa to shows in the 90s.

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  20. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
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    from NH Boonies

    What a dickhead :rolleyes:
  21. Someone decided that if people will buy blue dots as a gimmick, why not make some in amber. Enough people like trinkets.
  22. I'm not a follower of fads or trends. I run black dots. :rolleyes:

    But, all seriousness aside, there had to be someone, some car builder company, that first put a red taillight on the back end of a vehicle. And the vast, unwashed public saw that and said, "That cool! I want a red taillight, too". Then some other automotive genius came up with the 'stop light' concept and perhaps it was his smarter cousin who thought. "Why not make the stoplight part of the red taillight?" And the masses, once exposed to it, pronounced it "good". Then there was this one nameless guy in Toledo who had a pair of 7/8" blue reflectors from a bicycle laying around, yada-yada, and during his next night-time cruise, 50 smurfs saw the blue dots and 16 of them said, "I want some of that". 4 of them actually added blue dots and many hundreds of others saw the blue dots and became infected. This became a tidal wave that spread across all state lines faster than Covid 19. (Which hadn't been invented yet.)
    But fortunately, scientists developed a vaccine and also many of us have herd immunity....... but not everybody.
    I'm glad I could help clear this up. :p
  23. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    @The Shift Wizard , - thank you for clarifying this for us all.
    You may even put this 12 year old thread to rest ………..:)
  24. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,113

    from Berry, AL

    Stupid question from someone who has never used them—-

    How do you drill a glass tail light lens? Looks like it would shatter all to pieces. Hell, I broke one of the lens on my car just by slapping it with my open hand. Looks like a drill would break it unless it was something like a diamond bit.....
  25. 3quarter32
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
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    I used duct tape with the correct size hole cut in it and an old Sears small portable sand blaster. Nuttin to it.
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  26. 3quarter32
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
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    Had blue dots in 41 chevy tail light on my 33 coupe. Got pulled over for having them. Officer was going to write me a ticket for them. I asked if I could change them before he wrote the ticket would he let me off. He said "sure".
    Reached under the seat, grabbed the stock 41 lenses, and he said " okay, get them changed and drove off. This was in 1976. Oh ya, I did change them for the rest of the day. Put them back the following day. Never had another problem.
  27. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
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    We used to glue them on the red lens with Barge glue..
  28. Fitnessguy
    Joined: Sep 28, 2015
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    Blue dots are the best!!
  29. Cosmo49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
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    If it doesn't make the vehicle go faster, safer, or more efficiently it's just fuzzy dice. I would bet the op sports fuzzy dice.
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  30. Callmaker
    Joined: Feb 17, 2020
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    DSCN5078 - Copy.JPG *
    Grandpa put these in around 1964...
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