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James Fischer
03-23-2012, 03:00 PM
Would anyone have any input on the "correct" style and type of RED bulbed steady burning lights on a 72 Superior cowel,bumper or door mounted ??
I would like to add a pair,but not sure as to what brand to look for.....perhaps Unity,Dietz or ???
From what I have seen so far there does not seem to be a general rule,even seeing some rigs with 2 differant styles not a matched pair.....Hmmmm
Thank you in advance everyone.....
Jim

Paul Steinberg
03-23-2012, 03:13 PM
I am only familiar with 2 types of steady red lights that were used, however, that doesn't mean that there weren't others. The first is the Unity post mounted spotlight with a red bulb, and the other is a Unity shell that closely resembles the Unity spotlight housing. The shell was drilled in the rear to accommodate a through bolt, so the shell could be mounted to the skirt of the beacon. I don't know if there was a size requirement of the steady burn light, or there was an approved list of vendors for this light.

Steve Loftin
03-23-2012, 05:41 PM
Among the most popular were the Dietz Par 46 lights, as seen here. They are frequently available on eBay:

Steve Loftin
03-23-2012, 06:04 PM
The Unity sealed beam lights - 5" Par 36 and 6" Par 46 - were also popular, and available with either a stationary or adjustable mounting base:

Par 36:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Unity-Fire-Engine-Truck-Ambulance-Police-Car-Bus-Wrecker-Red-Lights-Rat-Rod-/170810626164?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c51b5074

Par 46:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Antique-2-Red-Unity-Fire-Truck-Lights-w-4-hole-mounting-brackets-12v-/300682142591?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item46020d637f&vxp=mtr

Paul Steinberg
03-23-2012, 09:37 PM
PAR 36 from above auction:

http://s14.postimage.org/ruq3ib0ap/par46_A.jpg (http://postimage.org/)
http://s14.postimage.org/5k28ic30h/par46_B.jpg (http://postimage.org/)

PAR 46 from above auction:

http://s14.postimage.org/9j41ewh1d/par46c.jpg (http://postimage.org/)
http://s14.postimage.org/yqexf5k5d/par46d.jpg (http://postimage.org/)

James Fischer
03-23-2012, 09:48 PM
Are the PAR 36 missing the mounting base ??
Thank you for the post Paul !!

Paul Steinberg
03-23-2012, 10:36 PM
The light shell is one component of the light fixture, and the mounting base is the other part. The mounting as shown in the first pictures accepts a 3/8" bolt inserted into the bottom of the shell. Unity made many similar lights, and each variation has its own mounting configuration. The mountings show in the second set of pictures is just one more of many different configurations. Do a search on eBay using the term "Unity Light", and in less than an hour, you will have an education in Unity lights.

James Fischer
03-24-2012, 02:51 AM
OK.....I will get my lesson......!!! Thank you...
Also,on the ambulances that have the RED headlights...are they just red sealed beams or is there a differant connection needed,to allow the RED ??

Paul Steinberg
03-24-2012, 08:55 AM
The red headlights are red glass sealed beam headlamps that are identical in all respects to the standard headlamp, with the exception of the red glass. They are separately wired from the headlamp circuit to either a motorized flasher or a can flasher. You can build the wiring harness yourself by using automotive wiring, and 2 high beam headlamp pigtails. I am partial to the Cole Hersee motorized flasher, even though it is expensive. They are like the energizer bunny, and keep going and going.

James Fischer
03-24-2012, 11:40 AM
Great...THank you again Paul for the very helpful information.......
With a little luck and finding the right parts,should not be to difficult.......

John Royark JR
03-24-2012, 12:01 PM
I am partial to the Cole Hersee motorized flasher, even though it is expensive. They are like the energizer bunny, and keep going and going.

Thats why they are expensive. you get what you pay for.

Kevin O'Connell
03-26-2012, 04:51 AM
PM sent....

Dan Herrick
03-26-2012, 09:02 AM
Kevin, I never received the PM!:yum: