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Postby Kevin » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:06 pm

hey everyone
i know i read it somewhere here but can't find it.....i'm looking for why there a four positions on the light switch?
i thought somewhere i read to 2 positions where something for the charging low and high and other 2 for the lights dim and bright
if anyone seems the topic help me out
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:39 pm

Tractors equipped with the 4 position switch did not have a voltage regulator on the generator, and used a lead from the field terminal of the generator to control the charge.. The left position was LO (low charge), next was HI (High charge), then D (dim lights and high charge) and last was B (less dim lights and high charge).
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Pony Master » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:07 pm

I like that, less dim. :lol: :lol: That would be my description as well.
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:04 am

Pony Master wrote:I like that, less dim. :lol: :lol: That would be my description as well.
That originally came from another member of the forum, Jim B. I think, but not sure. The lights on a cub, as well as any other old tractor seem dim by todays standards, but at the time were considered quite bright. There were no dusk to dawn lights, no halogen or quartz lights, most house had a 40 or 50 watt bulb per room or coal oil lamp, and the only portable light was a kerosene lantern. By comparison those lights were quite bright. We suffer from light pollution, as well as air, water, etc. pollution.
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby KETCHAM » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:55 am

I wish at night everyone would turn off those bright barn lights.The last place I lived I asked and they did.I now live further in the country and they like the bright lights.Fights crime they say.I'd rather see the stars.As for the light switch,its nice to have the option of dim or bright.I do use both.Kevin :D :D
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:47 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:
Pony Master wrote:I like that, less dim. :lol: :lol: That would be my description as well.
That originally came from another member of the forum, Jim B. I think, but not sure.

I stole it too. I think I got it from Bob Seith (a name that may be familiar to a few of you).
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Hengy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:06 am

OK... dumb follow up time... How dim is "dim" on the "low beam" setting? Mine is really dim... maybe my resistor is REALLY resisting?? The high beams, or less dim beams, are pretty bright...I have all new connections in that circuit... (This is on my cub)

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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Bigdog » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:15 am

Mike, the ambient light level years ago vs. what most of us experience today is a lot different. Nowadays even the rural countryside is dotted with security lights at night. It was much different years ago. When you are behind the only light source available it looks pretty bright. If you are trying to overcome even just a bit of ambient light it lessens the effect of the lights a lot. Six volt lights on low beam are not very bright at all and are just a glow by today's standards. But when you are alone in a big field at night they were like aircraft landing lights to the operator.
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Hengy » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:39 am

Good quote, BigDog...

My lights are more like "marker lights" on low beam... Kind of amber almost. I almost never use the dim setting... only the 'less dim' setting...

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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby KETCHAM » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:54 pm

Ask Carl about candle power!!!!He knows the most!!!!Kevin :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby Kevin » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:36 pm

this is why i like to post questions on farmallcub because they start the darnest conversations.

thanks to all for the help
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby RustyFarmall » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:50 am

If your lights seem to be rather dim, it might be because the wrong bulbs are installed. I have run across several tractors that had the incorrect #1156 tail light bulbs, and they did little more than provide a soft yellowish glow, especially when on the DIM setting. The correct bulb is a # 1133, 25 watt, 32 candlepower HEADLIGHT bulb.
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Re: farmall h light switch

Postby KETCHAM » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:16 pm

Some of us are like bulbs,just a little brighter.I had to say it.KEVIN!!! :twisted: :twisted:
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