Lights

The lights as with most other components are non standard.  I wanted to make the Lightweight look subtly different from the front and rear on the lighting front so...

At the flat end...

The headlights are replacement units that accept halogen bulbs as opposed to the sealed beam units, which for some reason never seemed to shine more that a bright yellow.  There are also a couple of black bodied KC Daylighters.  These lights are great they do not have a very wide beam but they do have some serious power and a reflective radius of about 6 miles.

The view you will see in your rear view mirror if you happen to be on the road in front of me.


 

  The indicator/sidelights are actually sourced from a Honda Accord, an early model.  They seem to fit well with the shape of the wings.  The only thing that I had to do to get them to fit neatly (Other than cut the holes out of the wings) was to put two sets of rubber seals on each of them one either side of the plastic body.
 

At the flatter end...

I went originally with a couple of sets of trailer lights.  These whilst not the most sophisticated did look ok once they were mounted but this was only really a temporary thing until i could find some nice units that would look good and fit in the space available.

You can see the trailer lights here, I decided to use two sets rather than one as it then gives the impression of a larger single unit that fits much better and stops it just looking like a set of trailer lights.

 


I looked through endless catalogues for suitable units, but in the end as with many things that I have found so far I ended up finding them on the web.  The units I actually used in the end are actually Truck lights.  They are LED Array units with clear lenses, therefore looking at them when not illuminated, you cannot tell what colour they light up. There are two units on each side, one Stop and tail and one indicator.

They are very robust and actually come as a single sealed unit (The LED arrays used are made by HP and are guaranteed for .....) So they really are fit and forget.

 
They are mounted very simply by a rubber grommet.  You just cut the hole out for the unit fit the grommet in the hole and then push the light into the grommet.  No messing about.  There are various styles and mounting methods available, including bolted flange types but I liked the clean looks of the grommet mounts.

I have had them for a year or two now, but the LED technology is definitely looking like it is the way things are going.  Most of the new buses and lorries I see are now equipped with LED's and even the New Range Rover is now using them.
 

For the MOT it is required that the rear have reflectors fitted, most modern cars incorporate these in the rear light units, but as the LED Units do not I had to fit separate reflectors.  These used to be mounted next to the old trailer lights but as the new units are slightly larger there is no longer the room for them there.

As it happens the brackets that I had fabricated to mount the Jack have a nice flat rearward facing section that is exactly the right size to mount the reflectors. This was more by luck than judgement...

 

There is also an old fashioned style fog light mounted on the rear offside corner as you can see from the above pictures.  This provides a single straight line beam of light that is great for seeing what is behind you.  It is wired to a manual switch.  It is not a reversing light.