Anybody know a source for T1 1/4 wire base bulbs (NOT LEDs) with blue
tint? Trying to replace the lights on the HVAC controls for a 2005
Caravan. Dealer claims they are unserviceable, and wants to sell me a
whole new pod for hundreds of dollars. I have already replaced them with
T1's (too small) after buying T1 3/4 that were too big (I feel like
Goldilocks), but the T1s are too short, and the blue condoms make them
too dim. I am aware of McMaster-Carr and Allied- that is where I wasted
my money on the first two tries, for the condoms and bulbs respectively.
Allied has clear bulbs in the right size (now that dummy me figured out
what the size is), but not the tinted ones.
And yes, I already tried rec.autos.tech.
You should be able to buy acrylic spray paint at almost any hardware store
or home improvement store. Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc. should have acrylic
spray paint in their crafts section as well as the paint section.
Acrylic spray paint isn't hard to find.
I suppose- I was thinking something that I could dab on, or just dip the
bulb in. I already have way too many spray cans sitting around going
flat, that I'll never finish.
No hurry at this point- the lights I put in are bright enough to at
lease SEE the damn controls. Maybe when it warms up again, I'll feel
either of those ideas should work, also you could get some transparent
paint intended for making fake stained glass. I've used nail polish
before to "make" 57Rs for dash bulbs for old Studebakers.
If you've already got the bulb condoms why not just get a higher
wattage bulb than the ones you've already tried? any tint/paint will
reduce light output as well.
When I got tired of burned out lamps in the CD/radio in my Chevy truck,
I replaced them with T1 white LEDs from DigiKey (and dropping
resistors). They worked perfectly, and even dim evenly with the normal
instrument dimmer control.
I am a lighting service person and we use DEKA brand transparent LIGHT BLUE
glass stain. I have personally used this to dip antique x-mas lights and
#47 dial bulbs with EXCELLENT results.......most any glass or hobby shop can
the small size bottle is 2/3 fluid ounce for about $4ea. this will do
aprox 75 #40 lamps ( these were used as Christmas lights in the late
clean the lamps with alcohol, dip, stick the wire leads into a piece of
Styrofoam at an angle so the paint drips down but not all over the
leads....one dip will give very good results....if you really want to do it
right bake these in a toaster oven at 200-300 degrees for aprox 15 minutes
after they are dry to the touch. THIS WILL STINK a little,, so make sure
the wife is away, but it wont damage the oven. or contact me by email and I
can do a few for you if your not in a big hurry.
Herb Harrison Oxnard Calif USA
On 1/27/2011 3:12 PM, Harrison Lighting and Neon wrote:
I think we have a winner here. Local Hobby Lobby didn't have the exact
stuff specified, but they did have stained glass paint in daubing
bottles, that they claimed were from the same company, although it
didn't say so on the bottle. I tried it on a couple of the wrong-size
bulbs, and it seemed to work okay. I have ordered t1.25s from Allied,
and first warm (or at least above-freezing) day, I'll open it up and
give it another try. Bulbs should be here Monday or Tues, so I'll
pre-paint enough of them and leave them stuck in the foam block sitting
in a sunny window for several days, for maximum hardness (short of over
baking. After 4 years of non-use, I'm scared to open my oven.)
Well, here's something novel for this thread: an actual possible source
of bulbs. Try donsbulbs. This search:
turned up a shitload of T1-1/4 bulbs. Sorry, too lazy to go through
them; maybe your bulb is in there somewhere. (Or you could contact the
guy; I think it's actually some guy named Don who runs this biz.)
Comment on quaint Usenet customs, from Usenet:
To me, the *plonk...* reminds me of the old man at the public hearing
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