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    Melted lenses

    Was working with the tractor today and some thing caught my attention. I noticed both left and right lower lenses for the ROPS mounted lights are melting. I am sure its bulb heat related but I don’t know if any one else is experiencing this. I guess the simple fix is LED bulbs but should I really have to do a fix for a 2016 tractor with 60 +|- hrs?
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    Strange, I have not had this happen but I only had maybe three days of work transporting logs from a guy 6 houses down from me with the flashers running.
    Do you use it a lot at night with the lights on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    Strange, I have not had this happen but I only had maybe three days of work transporting logs from a guy 6 houses down from me with the flashers running.
    Do you use it a lot at night with the lights on?
    Or maybe use it a lot in the DAYTIME with the tail lights or flashers on?
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    [QUOTE=jgayman;3241508]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    Strange, I have not had this happen but I only had maybe three days of work transporting logs from a guy 6 houses down from me with the flashers running.
    Do you use it a lot at night with the lights on
    is there a brake light ? Maybe a switch stuck on...
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    Sorry to hear ,, my guess mounting for the light bulb was bumped at the factory before the lenses was installed.
    Remove one or both sides of the lenses.

    Then bend the light bulb bracket either closer or away from both lenses.


    You could mention it to the dealer ,,and guessing they would replace the burnt lenses.
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    As part of a project to add LED flashers on the side of the rear light assemblies, I did a thermal study on these to determine what rating of wire to use inside the heated area.

    I put an electronic thermometer inside with the light bulb and turned on the flashers. It takes about an hour for the chamber to heat up to maximum temperature and then level off. I don't have the notebook with me that I took the records in, but as I recall the maximum temperature was only about 50 degrees F over ambient. So if you had a day with 100 degrees outside, you'd see about 150 deg F inside. This was well below the 165 deg rating on the weakest wire I was using, so I was happy. If the wire insulation on the wires inside is okay, I'm not sure how the housing is melting. It's even being cooled by the air on the outside.

    You might want to check to see if the right bulbs are installed in these units. Also, if you go to LED's the current drawn in the circuit will be less and the instrument panel will indicate that you have a bulb out.

    If you are still in warranty, I'd let the dealer sort this one out.
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    I will have to look at my lens and see how they look. I have 325 hours on my tractor now and at least 225 of them are at night. Yes, I was plowing snow much of the time, but if the bulb is overheating the plastic or too close to the plastic, I would think the plastic would show some deformity or signs of the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1025RTLB View Post
    Was working with the tractor today and some thing caught my attention. I noticed both left and right lower lenses for the ROPS mounted lights are melting. I am sure its bulb heat related but I don’t know if any one else is experiencing this. I guess the simple fix is LED bulbs but should I really have to do a fix for a 2016 tractor with 60 +|- hrs?
    Well boys and girls the mystery is solved. Apparently when you set the parking brake and run the Woodmax pto chipper for hours the brake lights are activated. Hence hot bulb for hours means melted lenses. I guess LED’s are in order...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1025RTLB View Post
    Well boys and girls the mystery is solved. Apparently when you set the parking brake and run the Woodmax pto chipper for hours the brake lights are activated. Hence hot bulb for hours means melted lenses. I guess LEDís are in order...
    When did they add brake lights to the 1-series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    When did they add brake lights to the 1-series?
    I better check and see if mine does the same, not that I have a chipper but I do use the e brake.
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