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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 07, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hot Dome Light

I've had an ongoing problem with the dome light bulb being too hot for the replacement receptacle and I've had to remove the bulb to prevent discoloring or melting the light. I've recently found an LED bulb that is a direct replacement and burns without excessive heat. Anyone with this problem, go to "www.ledlight.com"....they have LED replacements for virtually every bulb.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 07, 09:57 PM
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Re: Hot Dome Light

No, actually its quite common to have issues with the dome light melting when the door is left open. I run an LED from superbrightleds.com
Some people complain that it's not bright enough, but I don't mind it. I think of it more like mood lighting!

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If you use LEDs, especially bulbs that fit into the factory socket take note that they are polarity sensitive, and this can happen if plugged in or wired the wrong way http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191855

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Re: Hot Dome Light

A Diode is a one way device, it only passes the batt in one direction and blocks it from getting to ground and completing the circuit if batt is applied to the wrong side. With an LED plugged in backwards it won't light up. It doesn't short the hot lead out though and cause the problem in that Chevelle thread.

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LED's are not your usual diodes. The forward voltage drop is 2 to 4 times the drop across a standard silicon diode, and the peak inverse voltage is unusually low, normally less than 6 volts. Putting 12v of reverse bias could be fatal.

http://www.vias.org/feee/diode_11_03.html
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Check out the dome light thread from Brian Lewis:
https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=81748

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