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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

DIY LED Snowblower light
Original Message   Nov 25, 2012 11:35 am
Thought some might be interested in this.
The light that I had on my blower was an outdoor landscape fixture that I picked up on clearance a while back.
It had put a 12V 25W Halogen bulb in it.  It worked fine, but I kind of wanted a LED bulb.
Found this one on a site called Dealextreme.
Here's a link to the site page.
They come directly from Hong Kong so you won't get it quickly. But for $6.99 and free shipping it a pretty good deal.
I bought two.







I just removed the old bulb and put in the new one.
Here is a photo of the fixture. I think I paid $9.99 for it. 





Here is a photo of the light output of the new LED bulb.
From the light to the end of the white stripes is about 17'.
The bulb puts out plenty of light.  Especially considering that when there is snow on the ground.
There will be a lot of reflection of the light off the snow.



All of the Building supply stores carry fixtures that can be used as a blower light.
Here's one Home Depot carries that takes the MR16 bulb for $19.99
So for about $27.00 and a little bit of wait time on the bulb.
You can make yourself a pretty nice light for your blower.
That draws very little current, is durable and long lasting.
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chd584


Joined: Nov 7, 2013
Points: 4

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #20   Dec 10, 2013 12:25 pm
friiy


Location: Las Vegas, The Desert
Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Points: 599

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #21   Dec 29, 2013 12:23 am
A small dab of clear or white RTV will keep the bulb from falling out, just a small bead at the base of the bulb or around its rim in the housing is what we use. Don' t worry about getting it out, you may be dead before it burns out. The leds have a great service life.
jrhawk9


Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Joined: Jan 4, 2013
Points: 5

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #22   Jan 3, 2014 8:46 pm
I just did an LED upgrade to my Pro 32 as well.  I used all 10W CREE LED's.  I used two -FLOOD- and two -SPOT-.  My blower only has an AC power source, so I used a -BRIDGE RECTIFIER- to convert it to DC so the LED's wouldn't flicker from the AC current.  I then used 2 - 2200mfd / 50V smoothing capacitors on the DC side to help clean up and stabilize the DC voltage.  I have it wired up with a SPDT switch which allows me to use my stock headlight OR my LED's.  I have both left and right DC lines fused with 2A fuses and also have the main AC line to the rectifier fused with a single 2A fuse.  I'm running 4 - 10 watt CREE LED's and they are consuming less than 2 amps total.  I have attached the wiring diagram below.  The switch and fuses are not shown.  I also have two video links posted below showing them during the day and at night. 




-HERE- is a video showing them during the day.

-HERE- is a video showing them at night comparing them to my stock light bulb.  The stock one is first....you'll know when I turn on the LED's.
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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #23   Jan 3, 2014 10:19 pm
Awesome job.
Looks like a pair of car headlights.
Thanks for the diagram and videos.

Tell us about the long deflector.

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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #24   Jan 3, 2014 10:25 pm
jrhawk9 wrote:
oops, my bad

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jrhawk9


Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Joined: Jan 4, 2013
Points: 5

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #25   Jan 3, 2014 11:51 pm
jrtrebor wrote:
Awesome job.
Looks like a pair of car headlights.
Thanks for the diagram and videos.

Tell us about the long deflector.


thanks!

I added the deflector to help control the fluffy snow.  It actually does a pretty decent job of it. 
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #26   Jan 4, 2014 8:09 pm
jrhawk9


Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Joined: Jan 4, 2013
Points: 5

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #27   Jan 4, 2014 8:28 pm
thanks for creating the hyperlinks!!

How come it wouldn't let me do it?  I tried numerous times and finally gave up. 

<edit>
I figured it out!  :-)
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frascati


Joined: Feb 1, 2014
Points: 2

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #28   Feb 1, 2014 1:54 am
I'm running 4 - 10 watt CREE LED's and they are consuming less than 2 amps total.

What is the current range available for these snowblowers?
I'm interested in adding light to my 1982 Toro 724.  As far as I know I can only tap it from the magneto. 
No alternator.  No battery.  Do I need to add an alternator? 

If not, how does the entire circuit look from beginning to end?  Is it a simple tap off of the magneto from the same
point as the spark plug connection?
niper99


Location: London Ont
Joined: Dec 2, 2007
Points: 335

Re: DIY LED Snowblower light
Reply #29   Feb 1, 2014 11:34 am
frascati wrote:
<span style="font-style: italic;">I'm running 4 - 10 watt CREE LED's and they are consuming less than 2 amps total. </span><BR><BR>What is the current range available for these snowblowers? <BR>I'm interested in adding light to my 1982 Toro 724.  As far as I know I can only tap it from the magneto.  <BR>No alternator.  No battery.  Do I need to add an alternator?  <BR><BR>If not, how does the entire circuit look from beginning to end?  Is it a simple tap off of the magneto from the same<BR>point as the spark plug connection?

u can Not tap into the magneto too add a light.. your engine will need an alternator to too add lights to ur blower...
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