[T3] Lights

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Wed Nov 1 18:09:29 PDT 2017

I drilled a row of little holes in my license light hood and put the bright
LED's in them, as a 3rd brakelight as I drive my square in traffic so often.


Topnotch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.com
71 Squareback  "Hothe"
65 Notchback  "El Baja Rojo"
93 RX7  "Redstur"
95 Chrysler Cirrus Lxi "Cirstallsalot"
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From: type3-vwtype3.org [mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org]
On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:30 PM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Lights

On 1 Nov 2017 at 15:48, dlstiefel wrote:

> A local city police officer in our town who is also the SRO officer for
> our school informed me that there was some one who complained to him that
> someone in an orange VW Fastback is driving around town with no brake
> lights. Of course it was me

That seems odd, Dennis, because I've never thought of the late Type 3s as 
having dim brake lights. LEDs would make a difference, but you might want 
to make sure you have the right bulbs in there first, and make sure they are

wired up right.

The brake light bulb is a dual filament bulb: One filament is for the
lights and the other is the brake light. The brake light filament is MUCH 
brighter than the running light. If the wiring was swapped around, you'd be 
using the dimmer filament for the brakes, which might explain what that 
person has noticed. So compare the normal taillights with the brake lights 
and make sure the brake lights are brighter.

If they are backwards, the error could be at the taillight assy. or it could
farther forward.

And even if you can buy a dual LED lamp, if the wiring is reversed, that'll
give you a bright taillight and a dim brake light.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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