Bullbar indicator lights

Submitted: Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:41
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Do the indicator lights on a bullbar ,by law have to be connected.If I connect mine up,the trailer indicator lamp in my dash operates in unison with the vehicles blinkers because it sees the bullbar lamp as another lamp in the circuit (ie the trailer light) and its very annoying,especially at night.
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:55

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:55
Hi Coot,

Yes they must be connected, as a bullbar will normally obstruct visibility of the original indicator from different viewpoints.

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:07

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:07
You could either remove the bulbs from the original front indicators or replace them with LED bulbs which draw less current.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:03

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:03
Led globes will probably solve the problem as has been said, the blinker unit won't detect the additional load.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 19:23

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 19:23
I just put 5watt globes in mine & stopped the dash 'trailer light'.

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Follow Up By: Rob! - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 16:13

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 16:13
I think a 5W globe would be next to useless during daylight hours. A good way to cause an accident.
just my 2c
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:00

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:00
The make of your vehicle would be a help.

I just soldered mine to the normal indicator and side lights in my Cruiser



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Follow Up By: Coot - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:34

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:34
Sorry for the lack of info. Its a new Defender 110 wagon
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Follow Up By: CJ - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:46

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:46
No wonder you didn't want to disclose the make of your car

Ha haha haha sorry

CJ
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 20:57

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 20:57
Forget the coment about landrover, put led bulbs and you will have no more problems.
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Reply By: Gazal Champion - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:31

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:31
Hi Coot, Mechanic once told me at inspection time "if they are fitted they have to work." But from my experience it depends on the person doing the inspection.
If it is an 80 series the bar probably would obscure the originals and it is good policy anyway I suppose.
Hope that is of some help.
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 12:46

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 12:46
Bruce, I've been told the same thing - "if fitted, they must work", even though the car may be fully compliant without the additional lamps.
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:21

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:21
YEP,
If there is a light mounted, it has to work, regardless if its "needed" or not, such as side clearance lights on utes, and driving (spot) lights.

I bought a Cruiser from Queensland and registered in my then homestate (ACT) which required me to put it over the Transport department's inspection station, It got failed because the bullbar obstructed the blinkers when looked at from a certian angle and for me to get rego, I had to mount blinkers on the bull bar, that can be seen from any angle, I was preatty annoyed at the time but did it anyway, not that I had a real choice.
Makes perfect sense, no point having a blinker if poeple can't see it!

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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:23

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:23
Gday,
As other have said it all depends on who does your inspection, but I have always been under the impression that if they are fitted they have to work.
I would take them out altogether and blank the holes in if you don't think you need them.....no one will probably every know.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 20:51

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 20:51
It would be a lot easier to fit low draw globes, either 5 watt or LED.
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Reply By: Coot - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 14:21

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 14:21
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.I connected the lights today and fiddled with the globes. I can either replace the bullbar lights with 5w ,install LEDs or remove the globes from the vehicle. Either way fixes the problem.
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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 18:08

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2010 at 18:08
"I can either replace the bullbar lights with 5w ,install LEDs or remove the globes from the vehicle."

If the bullbar hides the vehicle lights then you need to put the leds or 5 watt globes in the vehicle lights and leave the bullbar lights standard.

Low power or led globes in the bullbar lights could be dangerous (and illegal).
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