[ROVERNET - UK] electric dipper switches
agale at iinet.net.au
Wed Jan 11 23:19:35 GMT 2006
My understanding is that electric dipping mechanisms were a common
feature on many british cars of the 30s. It is not a high beam - low
To quote from the owners manual:
"The headlamps are equipped with electrically operated dipping
reflectors. With this arrangement, the near-side reflector is dipped
and turned to the near-side of the road by he the operation of the
steering column switch while the off-side lamp is simultaneously
Obviously passing motorists was a rarer thing in those days and having
one light go out was not considered a problem. It would not be good to
keep the dipping switch on permanently - it would no doubt heat up and
burn out over time as it was only designed for a momentary operation by
the sounds of things..
I have been advised to chuck them out and replace the whole mechanism
with a quartz-halogen arrangement which gives proper high and low beam,
but am resisting this at the moment.. it will be interesting explaining
this to the road safety inspector when it comes time for the
Q: What happens when the lights are dipped?
A: One goes out.
Hmmm - .
I cannot give clues about where to find any of the mechanisms - maybe it
would be worth posting an inquiry on some of the pre-war motoring lists
or by making enquiry to some of the specialist electrical suppliers.
Good luck and thanks for the response.
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