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Posted By: Lumpy 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Fri Nov 16 2001 10:03 PM
Do I need to replace my original 1953 headlight switch now that I have converted to a 12 volt system? I have seen headlight switch advertised for my 53 as 6 volt or 12 volt. What is the difference?
Posted By: Mechainiac Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Fri Nov 16 2001 10:35 PM
They have differences in the amperage rating. You should be able to get one at a good NAPA parts store.
Posted By: boyoconnor Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Fri Nov 16 2001 10:41 PM
I believe (and I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong!) the 6V systems use higher amperage. 6V systems use heavier guage wire, too.

So the 6V part should work for either!

-Boyo

[ 11-16-2001: Message edited by: boyoconnor ]
Posted By: Tony Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Fri Nov 16 2001 10:45 PM
If your 6 volt lamps were about 40 watts, then the 12 volt bulbs at 40 watts draw 1/2 the current of the 6 volt.Your swich if in good shape is fine.
Posted By: Fred T Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sat Nov 17 2001 05:08 AM
Boyo and Tony are right. The higher the voltage, the less current, meaning your 6 volt switch will last far longer than a 12 volt. smile
Posted By: J.H.Proffit Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sat Nov 17 2001 07:38 AM
I cant decide if the noise in my head is 6V or 12V
I no it's no vacuum cause it don't stop when I'm on the gas......

AND I hear the faint call of Slim Whitman beckon'n for me to dye my sideburns annnnnn...
Oh NURSE!
Posted By: tclederman Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sat Nov 17 2001 05:27 PM
Hey, J.H.,

I know what you mean. eek

Tim
Posted By: GLPerry Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sun Nov 18 2001 07:48 AM
J. H., I don't?? :confused:

I've been running my 54 with 12 volt for 3 years now, no problems. I think it's just a sales gimmick, they are probably the same switch, diff labels. Why would they have two if one would work for both? :rolleyes:
Posted By: Tony Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sun Nov 18 2001 01:08 PM
Jim, me and Joy keep hearing talking also. Happenened at night when all is quiet.Yesterday she found one of those talking picture frames was the source.We still hear talking in our heads even after removing the battery from the talking frame.
Posted By: reo_guy Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sun Nov 18 2001 04:47 PM
Maybe the difference between the 6 and 12 volt is in the rheostat for dimming the gauge lights.
Posted By: tclederman Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Sun Nov 18 2001 06:57 PM
This morning at 4:55 am EST, as I was sitting on the top of a dark hill with a few friends in my 1954 pickup, I started to worry about my original 6v light switch (with rheostat) burning out earlier because of the 12v conversion I did in 1972. Not to worry, if it gives out before I do, I had the foresight to buy a few used switches for replacements (yes, they also have rheostats).

The light show early this morning was exceptional (brings back memories of early 70's light shows that flashback every so often).

Did I hear a vacuum leak or was that just voices from the past? Maybe both. I don't mind the talking in my head but I would like to know where to buy those picture frames.

I had hoped to take more people stargazing this morning but my '54 suburban is still not put back together.

Tim
Posted By: fifthave Re: 6 volt vs 12 volt headlight switch - Tue Nov 20 2001 04:47 PM
Your original 6 volt switch will work fine on 12 volts because the 12 volts will require approx half the amount of current to accomplish the same thing Shhhhhh do not tell your original switch and it will never know.... grin grin grin
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