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#1 ramboestrada

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Hey guys,

long time no posts from Rambo.

My discolite has 2 blown bulbs (the ones in the woofers) and I'm struggling trying to find replacements? Anyone been down this road already?

Seems 6V tiny bulbs ain't easy to source in New Zealand.

Thanks for your help.

Rambo

#2 nz boom

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:15 PM

long time no see rambo have you tried jcar they mite have them thanks craig

#3 ledmeter

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

Hey Rambo!! Nice to see you. I know pre-war cars ran on 6V so there a chance you'd find something in the automotive world.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)

this is what i'm planning on doing...much brighter ,less draw to ...I think this is the way to go :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

#6 gsbadbmr

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:58 AM

Man i can't beleive Rambo's back!

#7 mmcodomino

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:19 AM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)


We are talking about the Discolite here.
LEDs have the big disadvantage that they cannot vary in brightness but are either ON or OFF.
The woofer lights NEED BULBS in order to be able to really visualize the music.
Putting LEDs in there has no point at all and would just look stupid.

Here is your solution:
150261089497

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#8 baddboybill

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:54 AM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)


We are talking about the Discolite here.
LEDs have the big disadvantage that they cannot vary in brightness but are either ON or OFF.
The woofer lights NEED BULBS in order to be able to really visualize the music.
Putting LEDs in there has no point at all and would just look stupid.

Here is your solution:
150261089497

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Ummmm, Max it can be done. The brightness/dimness comes from being lit at different voltages and LEDs are capable of doing this . ;-)


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)


We are talking about the Discolite here.
LEDs have the big disadvantage that they cannot vary in brightness but are either ON or OFF.
The woofer lights NEED BULBS in order to be able to really visualize the music.
Putting LEDs in there has no point at all and would just look stupid.

Here is your solution:
150261089497

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Ummmm, Max it can be done. The brightness/dimness comes from being lit at different voltages and LEDs are capable of doing this . ;-)


Bad Boy Bill


Bill, what LEDs do NOT have is that after-glow that only a true bulb can provide. I know that from my VW Beetle which still has 6V electronics and the directionals fade in and out. A friend of mine has LED directionals (aftermarket) on his Beetle and they just pop on and off.
While an LED is in fact capable of having different brightnesses, it will NEVER have the same smooth touch to it as a bulb.

q.e.d.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:32 AM

Of course regular incandescent bulbs and Light Emitting Diodes will look different. But that's because a regular incandescent bulb puts out yellow glow where as LEDS have a clean bright glow. But trust me Jimmy's Discolite will look sharp, more vibrant and of true color with LEDS. :yes:


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11319&hilit=Discolite+bulb

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#12 ramboestrada

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

Hey guys,

Thanks for your help, and the friendly welcome backs. I checked out a bunch of auto electricians and it seems that 6V bulbs are too ancient to have in stock.

I did think about LEDs. Just out of interest what would you need to do to put LEDs in there instead?

I'd quite like to keep it original so I think baddboybill's ebay link is the way to go. Thanks for posting it bro. I'm there.


PS: Still have a bunch of BBXs. Conion C100f, Bolt Box and Discolite are on display in my bar, Sharp GF1000, Sharp GF777 and Rising 20/20 each get a work out pumping tunes in different parts of my house, Lasonic TRC-931 gets outings to the beach and tennis courts and Sharp 9696 usually just sits there looking pretty. The majority of my other stereos made their way over the Rick shiathouses place in Australia.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

I would have to wait until I saw a Discolite upgraded with LEDs before passing judgment, but I do like the idea. I also agree with Max that filament bulbs have an intrinsic, vintage warmth about them that most, if not all, LEDs can't emulate.

Jimmy, get it done and post pictures and videos. :yes: :yes: :thumbsup: :-D

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It's nice to hear from you again, Rambo. :yes:

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

http://www.forbesand...lbs_6_volt.aspx

http://www.motozone....lbs-6-volt.aspx

Or some other motorcycle part seller in NZ. Though I don't know how small they should be?

#15 Usttunt

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:25 AM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)


We are talking about the Discolite here.
LEDs have the big disadvantage that they cannot vary in brightness but are either ON or OFF.
The woofer lights NEED BULBS in order to be able to really visualize the music.
Putting LEDs in there has no point at all and would just look stupid.

Here is your solution:
150261089497

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I think led lights are best to save power so we must use them

#16 Usttunt

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:08 AM

You could always switch over to LEDS ;-)


We are talking about the Discolite here.
LEDs have the big disadvantage that they cannot vary in brightness but are either ON or OFF.
The woofer lights NEED BULBS in order to be able to really visualize the music.

Putting peimar lighting in there has no point at all and would just look stupid.


Here is your solution:
150261089497

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I think led lights are best to save power so we must use them

What is your thought about led lights?