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hoover convertible flickering headlight bulb problem
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Post# 160076   11/25/2011 at 00:10 (4,481 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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i took apart my convertible 1076 tonite to fix the flickering headlight bulb. i sanded the bulb contacts, and the contact recepticles, but when i turned the vac on, the bulb still doesn't have a constant voltage. it still flickers between on and slightly less bright (not totally off and on flicker). what else could be wrong? the bulb looks in good shape and not burning out. i want to weed out other possibilities before replacing the bulb, they are not cheap.


Post# 160139 , Reply# 1   11/25/2011 at 17:52 (4,481 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Sounds like a loose wire to me...

Could even be the bulb, I've had iffy bulbs flicker because of a poor connection within the glass, the only test for that is substitution, and 15-25 Watt appliance bulbs aren't that expensive, you're just going to the wrong place to buy them... :P

Post# 160157 , Reply# 2   11/25/2011 at 22:34 (4,480 days old) by vintagekitchen ()        

I agree, sounds like a bad bulb, and my local hardware store sells them for like 2 bucks.

Post# 160162 , Reply# 3   11/25/2011 at 23:23 (4,480 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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so the 2 prong 15 watt bulbs are easy to find? any ideas where to get them? home depot, sears maybe?


Post# 160166 , Reply# 4   11/26/2011 at 01:07 (4,480 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Just look/ask for "Appliance Bulbs", they're everywhere, both in 15 and 25w form... :)

Post# 160184 , Reply# 5   11/26/2011 at 07:17 (4,480 days old) by vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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They are getting harder to find...Lowes still carries them and so does Mennards.


Post# 160213 , Reply# 6   11/26/2011 at 14:31 (4,480 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Is there an ebay version of "Let me google that for you"? 1 minute of looking and hey presto, 8x 15w appliance bulbs, $12 (S&H depends on your location though), keep a few as spares, sell the rest on:

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Post# 160215 , Reply# 7   11/26/2011 at 14:43 (4,480 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

But wait, there's more!!! Same bulbs, same amount, $4.01 cheaper at $7.99!!:

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Post# 160237 , Reply# 8   11/26/2011 at 17:36 (4,480 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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morgan thanks a bunch! i found them at lowe's for $3.78 a piece and bought two. sure enough it was a $hit bulb. headlight works great now. thanks for the store suggestion!


Post# 160723 , Reply# 9   11/30/2011 at 21:37 (4,475 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
You can also ...

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... find good bulbs reasonably priced at Hesco ( and in the sewing machine section at Jo-Ann Fabrics (or any store that specializes in sewing machines, crafts, notions, and such).

Post# 160928 , Reply# 10   12/3/2011 at 09:54 (4,473 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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It IS harder to get the "bayonet" type.  Lowe's has them.  Remember to get the lower wattage,  so as not to "melt" your lens.  Happy Hoovering!


Post# 160985 , Reply# 11   12/3/2011 at 20:37 (4,473 days old) by truckerx (Palm Springs, CA)        
Flickering headlamp

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Check the brush carbons for erratic voltage.

Post# 160998 , Reply# 12   12/3/2011 at 23:05 (4,472 days old) by bnsd60m9200 (Akron OH)        

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john i did get them at lowe's. i bought 2 15W ones. soon as i replaced the bulb, the flickering stopped.

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Post# 161040 , Reply# 13   12/4/2011 at 11:32 (4,472 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Good boy!  Now,  as they say in Ireland,  you can HOOVER in the dark.

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