jaded and an MOT failure
indicator lenses were subject to some friendly MOT advice last year as the
amber was fading away with age and the light was appearing a little too
white, so I decided to do something about it for the latest MOT test.
Replacement lenses were unavailable and the second hand ones were
either fading or brittle and ready to fracture so I decided on using amber
bulbs like the customisers and happily took some off the shop display and
paid before going home to fit them.
opening the packet I noticed that the pins were not directly opposite each
other and the other bulbs were the same so they would not fit. I went back
to the shop to ask if they were faulty. "Nope – these are the modern
bulbs with offset pins". After a search under the counter a box of
amber bulbs with opposing pins was found and swapped for those I had bought
earlier so I went home and fitted them. Problem solved.
have spoken with a number of friends and none of us had come across these
new bulbs, so beware next time you buy bulbs. There are at least 3 pin
options: opposing (opposite), offset and stepped.
the right bulbs. The old style may not be on display so always ask!
By Pete Edwards
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