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Tripo headlights

Post by KevinW » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:59 am

I'd like to fit a set of the 'tripo' headlights like these:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/264080706855?c ... gKpgvD_BwE

There are several types out there, some more authentic than others, some with dip issues etc.

Any recommendations please.
Is there any way to replace bulbs to increase light output whilst maintaining an authentic look....?

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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by kdavies3 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:54 pm

Hi Kev, I've had two Cobras with them on.
One (The Contemporary) went through IVA with them too.
The second a DAX failed IVA on the lack of a beam pattern.
As you say all Tripods don't appear to be equal.
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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by simonjrwinter » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:21 pm

I put tripods from SVC on my car. More expensive but better than the cheap ones. However, the beam pattern is not perfect.
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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by KevinW » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:02 am

simonjrwinter wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:21 pm
I put tripods from SVC on my car. More expensive but better than the cheap ones. However, the beam pattern is not perfect.
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I guess you mean these Simon:
https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/7--pl70 ... roduction/

I am not sure I see the advantage compared to these which also take the H4 bulb, but much cheaper.....
It seems a bit steep just to put a Lucas shield on the front, or is the lighting actually better than these:

https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/7--tripod-lens-halogen/

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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by simonjrwinter » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:46 am

I was told the beam pattern is better. Be interesting to try one of each for comparison
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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by StewbieC » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:17 pm

I've driven at night with the PL repros and they are OK and that was on unlit country A roads with standard H4 lamps fitted.
Yes I know they are twice the price. I even bought a spare set as I was told at the time it might be limited supply. But its a one off purchase and quickly forgotten :shock:
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Post by monster7 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:29 am

I had them on my car as well, the pattern is not that great. If you drive only a few at night, it‘s okish.
I changed to cheaper but much better Hellas with H4 bulps.

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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by clive » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:42 am

I wonder how many 289s etc actually had tripod lights fitted as standard? Looking back to cars from the early 1960s I can't recall many which did and nearly all the originals in the ACOC have standard 7" round lights fitted. Whether they are original lamps or not I don't know, but I will stick with my Cibes.

This is a line up of around 20 original ACs (And one imposter!) of which only two have tripod lamps.
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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by peterc » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:00 pm

My brief investigation on which headlights were fitted revealed that all Cobras were originally fitted with sealed beam units. Needless to say many owners wanted to go over to halogen to get the better light. The P700 and PL700 units were fitted to cars like Jaguars and were chosen as being good for the year. Of course design and technology had moved on since and these older style lights can’t compare with modern alternatives.
I was also informed that the PL was better than the P version but intend to conduct some tests as I have both varieties available. Having then chosen the better option I intend to go to LED bulbs.
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Re: Tripo headlights

Post by KevinW » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:43 am

I have actually gone off this upgrade for the time being, due to new originality information similar to the above. Also having looked through all my AC / Cobra books, I cannot find any 289/427 shaped cars with these fitted other than Trevor Legate's rather lovely 427 AC/Hawk repro that adorns the front of his 'Cobra at 40' book. In fact the only related pic i can find is a Greyhound with P700s fitted. 'Plain' sealed beam units shown on all of the others. They do look rather good through, so never say never.....

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