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Hot Rods small headlights?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Andy65, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Andy65
    Joined: Jan 4, 2016
    Posts: 10


    Hello all- anyone know if there is a product out there that is a headlight but in a really small package? more similar to a fog light size. Im trying to mount headlights on a old asphalt modified to make it street legal but dont want a traditional 7" headlight to take the look away from the stock car. Thank you!
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  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,388


    Guys used to run the hi/low beam out of round quad lights that are 5-1/2? in small light buckets. I think they snagged tractor or dune buggy housings to do it. Or Harley Chopper lights. Put Bates style 5.5 inch headlight in an Ebay search. They have some complete lights for 20 bucks a pop. Several choices come up
  3. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,702

    from So Cal

    There are some tractor lights too that are smaller than 7"
  4. Go with the 5.25" low/high beam unit from a quad light set. As noted, this size is used on a lot of vehicles. There's smaller units out there, but the light output is also less, not to mention you'll have issues finding replacement lamps easily. The one caution I'll note is if using motorcycle housings, DON'T use the bike lamp/lens assemblies. These have a different low-beam cut-off and will tend to blind oncoming traffic, as well as having a limited light output. I'll swap these for car units for better lighting, even on my bikes. IMO Cibie has the best lens assemblies in this size.
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  5. My thoughts exactly,If I remember correctly the old 8N ford tractor lights are 4 ". HRP


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  6. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,507


    Have a pair of 5 1/4" ones that were on my T bucket. Chrome shell is about 6" diameter. Can take pics if your interested.
  7. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,996


    Actually a Cibi round fog lamp with a quad headlight high/low halogen conversion would work like a champ. You can get some pretty stout H4 bulbs.

    We used to use a fog light housing ( even on our bikes) with an aircraft landing light or a pencil beam. But you only get one light that way and have to adjust it accordingly.
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  8. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,683

    from Iowa

    I’ve seen guys use the small rectangular lights for this. The shape is easier to hide in bodywork and bumper bars.
  9. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,385

    from Woburn, MA

    Tractor light or cheapo MC lights would be my go-to.
  10. Andy65
    Joined: Jan 4, 2016
    Posts: 10


    great ideas! thank you- im headed to google to look what a cibi is!
  11. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 1,902

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    I have tractor lights on my snowblower. I wouldn’t use those on anything I was going to drive on the road.

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  12. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 506

    from so cal

    I don't know where you live, but here in Kalifornia just any old light won't necessarily be legal.

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