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Old 12-29-2016, 08:37 AM   #1
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Headlights - Dumb Question -Dolphin

I've attempted to look for replacement headlights for my 1999 Dolphin, 36' with a tag axle.
I know I could probably remove the old one and take it to Auto Zone or such. But. I would like to update this headlight to something brighter.\
Do we replace just the bulb or is the headlight one enclosed sealed headlight?

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If you look closely at headlight (from the outside) you'll see a DOT number on the lense. Enter that into Google and it will likely cross reference you over to a basic pickup or van headlight assembly.
With THAT information you could make a few steps on answering your question on how best to replace your headlights (anything that fits the pickup or van will fit your Dolphin).

I replaced the right assembly on mine, a Ford E-series van is what mine uses. Direct replacement, bolted right into place.
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Headlights

Good Information. I will try this when I get home this evening.
Thanks. I never would have thought about looking on the glass.
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Aren't they standard sealed beam headlights?



H5064?


They can wear out before they burn out. I've seen one where the mirror coating was completely gone, more of a window than a headlight.

Since you have an F53, your wiring doesn't supply you lights with the proper voltage. It's been documented here at irv2 a few times. Ford has weaseled out of a fix with a tortured interpretation on the FMVSS specs. Adding relays is the answer. You can find many more threads about it. Here is one that has info from Ford:

My Poor Visibility Headlights
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H5064?

Is this the number off of your Dolphin Headlights?

Won't an H5 Halogen be correct/direct replacement?
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H5064?

Is this the number off of your Dolphin Headlights?
No that is a standard 142x200 mm sealed beam bulb.



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Won't an H5 Halogen be correct/direct replacement?
No, here's an H5 bulb:


There are H4 conversion kits:


But, those work better with the right voltage too. That's where I'd start, after I made sure the bulbs are good, and aimed right.
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If you do find out you have seal beams make sure your ground is good, a bad ground can cause a seal beam to be dim.
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