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 09-18-2003, 12:43 Post: 64261
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Im looking to improve on the output (or upgrade) of my Cub Cadets 3204s headlights. Currently they use a standard 1156 automotive bulb (tail light, accessory bulb, etc) they really dont illuminate as much as I would hope for. What bulb would be compatible with an 1156 automotive bulb? Halogen equivalent? Since these are incandescence bulbs, the requirements for nighttime operation are making me address this shortcoming. Its probably the same setup for the 2000 series as well

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 09-18-2003, 13:16 Post: 64263
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You might try a 2056 bulb or some of the fog lights take a bulb that will fit.






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 09-18-2003, 14:53 Post: 64266
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There's two options available depending on what you need in the way of light.

The first, and simplest is swaping bulbs as Art mentioned. In fact I have discovered the easiest way to do that is to buy a set of high intensity halogen replacement bulbs available at most automotive stores for replacing the factory 1156 bulbs in a pickup tail-light. They are available in most UAP's, NAPA's , etc., just find a car or truck that uses bayonet-style bulbs as opposed to the newer flat-style base. Cost is usually about $15.00 a pair.

The other way is to add auxillary lighting to complement the factory, or upgraded, headlights in the unit now. This is easiest to do using some form of fog or driving light kit wired to a toggle switch in the control panel. This gives you more versatility on direction, size and power of light. It is also more expensive and a little more work to install.

The deciding factors will be, how much more light do you need, and how much work & expense do you want to go to get it. If you are going to be doing snow-removal you will find that no amount of light is too much, and the closer the lights are to the snow the better, that way if it's nowing while you are working you will see the snow on the ground, not what's flying through the air.

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A few years ago somebody said they melted some plastic head-light assembly parts by switching to halogen replacement bulbs. I'd take some care doing that idea. My loader and frame are in the way and the headlights are about useless. I went with front and rear 55W work lights on the ROSP. Work lights are usually available in three beam widths. Trapezoidal patterns are best for general driving. Some fog lights put out narrow fan shaped patterns but it's the lenses rather than the bulbs that produce the pattern. They have to mounted very low or only a narrow band of road is illuminated. They also waste a bunch of light to the sides at the expense of illumination where you are driving.

For bulb swaps, the existing wiring should be adequate if higher wattage bulbs don't blow existing fuses. Using slightly larger fuses likely would work but would take some expected life out of the wiring.






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Hello all,

Just an update and a thank you for the ideas. I'm not finished in locating the right bulb but I found something that is an improvement. PIAA offers a Super white bulb in the 1156 format. Its still a 27watt bulb, but offers a much improved beam and clarity. They are around $15 for the set.
I'm still looking for a 35 watt halogen version that was offered in these series a few years ago, but thats been a slow process of finding anything on it.
As for aux lights, there really isnt a good place to mount anyon a 3204 or 3000 series, not like on a CUT (usually ROPS bar). I have stared at every angle to see if something would clear the Blower, without it looking silly, its Not working..
I tried the 50 watt halogens to see what would melt or what fuse would blow. The base of the bulb itself melted, so that didnt work. No harm to the machine which was good.
I will keep looking, but I have something that is better for now..






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 10-04-2003, 11:44 Post: 65549
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They used a front bumper package that we sold that would be great for mounting the lites on.






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 10-04-2003, 13:55 Post: 65561
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Hi Art,
Can you use the bumper w/ the blower set up at the same time? I would be interested in finding out more Smile

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It has a front snow blower? One of the lighting problems for a blower is that if the lights are behind the blower and high enough to shine over it, the lights tend to shine on the flume coming out of the chute and not much else can be seen. That would sure be the case with my rear work light on the ROSP and 3ph blower. If the lights are behind the blower, it's best if they shine under the flume.

I bought a headlight of the type seen on truck snowplow blades and was going to mount it on a front corner of my blower and run extension wiring from my work light circuit. As it turns out I don't have to blow snow at night so the light still sits in its box.






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Sorry about that but I don't believe so as it uses the same mounting position. I'll do a little studing of other options that are available on Monday.






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 10-06-2003, 07:31 Post: 65656
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We'll I didn't come up with any easy way to end your problems of front lighting from Cadet. There are several things I can come up with that will solve your problem but they all need to be built. Murf, if your following this nows your chance to get into MTD's big pockets! If your interested in going further let me know, the lites could even have Quick takeoffs and plug-ins for the wiring from the blower frame for storage.






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