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Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:42 pm

Just finished headlight what you think,100watt aircraft bulbpainted on back with 2000 degree flat black paint,mounted on hardhat with adjustable band,the bulb will swivel up and down, on/off toggle switch mounted on front of hat,15 ft of 14/2 wire with 10amp fuse and 50amp Gator clips.
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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Gary S » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:37 am

Old school for sure. You will like the light it throws but can get heavy.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by jeepinocala1111 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:02 am

mbwilsonjr wrote:Just finished headlight what you think,100watt aircraft bulbpainted on back with 2000 degree flat black paint,mounted on hardhat with adjustable band,the bulb will swivel up and down, on/off toggle switch mounted on front of hat,15 ft of 14/2 wire with 10amp fuse and 50amp Gator clips.
That is a good solid light I have an aircraft landing healight myself love it but last year I decided to try a cree rechargeable healight off ebay from china and found it works real good to and is super light now I keep all of them on the boat but start with the china crap because I believe it is a bit easier when closer to the boat.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-5000LM-CRE ... SwI-BWH59Y

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:49 am

Gary S wrote:Old school for sure. You will like the light it throws but can get heavy.
Looking at sum lighter bulbs!!

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:54 am

jeepinocala1111 wrote:
mbwilsonjr wrote:Just finished headlight what you think,100watt aircraft bulbpainted on back with 2000 degree flat black paint,mounted on hardhat with adjustable band,the bulb will swivel up and down, on/off toggle switch mounted on front of hat,15 ft of 14/2 wire with 10amp fuse and 50amp Gator clips.
That is a good solid light I have an aircraft landing healight myself love it but last year I decided to try a cree rechargeable healight off ebay from china and found it works real good to and is super light now I keep all of them on the boat but start with the china crap because I believe it is a bit easier when closer to the boat.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-5000LM-CRE ... SwI-BWH59Y
I also have a wicked headlight.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Gary S » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:16 am

4509 is as light as your going to get. You have to lighten the rest. lighter mount, smaller wire. I prefer the landing light over the cree because it throws a beam farther. The cree is defiantly lighter and when frogs are bunched up it is easier to see them with the cree.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by payhayokee » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:50 am

4509 is a 100w bulb try the 4313 its the same light but 250w.. I used it back in the day! WOW!
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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mwood7800 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:53 pm

Great old school bulb but not much for vibration when hot.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mwood7800 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:53 pm

Great old school bulb but not much for vibration when hot.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:52 pm

The Mount for the lite is all aluminum except for the band it is stainless,the bulb is the weight,ordered a r111 100 watt 12v bulb they are lighter, thats what I was told,no glass over the bulb don't know how they will do in the rain or mist. Thanks for the information on the 4509 will look it up,I bought the one I got now from NAPA it wasn't made by GE.


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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Waggs » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:48 am

I made a similar set up except I used the bulb assembly out of a 2 million candlepower q beam and put the switch on the foot stand for hands free operation. It's a little bulky but not too heavy.


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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by jopete » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:59 am

your light looks great.

i am a light freak and have spent alot of time and money over the years looking for the perfect light to run the boat/frog with. it does not exist!! lol
i have put together several of the led headlights, and they are fine for when u don't need a beam that goes far, or hunting season when i am going from camp to blind.

i frog alot, and find myself going back to my hardhat light with the 25' cord and 4509 bulb every time. it shines the furthest and i can find a replacement bulb just about anwhere. it could be lighter, but i wear it all night long without any problems.

the only light i havent tried is one of them coon hunters lights with the funny looking hard hat.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Hog Guts » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:51 pm

I don't like the hard had lights I had some. Gave them away. Now I have just the head straps that's open with the light it's a lot lighter and it doesn't want to fall off when you bend over like the hard hat. JMO whatever works for you.... We all have different needs and likes


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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:08 pm

Read your post and it scared me, I went out and tried the hat on tighten the adjustable band up comfortable bent all the way over with hat upside down and it didn't fall off,could be the band in hardhat comes down the back of your head,plus you can adjust the depth of your head in the band,and you can adjust lite once you get it on,don't have to adjust lite by wearing hat looking up or down

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by PeaRiverOpossum » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:19 pm

Try the Q4509 If you can find them and you'll never want to use the 4509 again. Rated for 100 hrs vs 20 and much brighter. Still shines just as far or further. Has round beam vs the rectangle. It is a quartz halogen bulb vs halogen. I have a case from back when they were available. I'm not sure what happened but they have become hard to find at a reasonable price.
Nice job on the hatlight BTW! :idea: :thumbleft:

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Scarecrow » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:03 pm

If you want a Real Cracker Headlight, you need to find you a carbide light. :lol:

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:10 pm

That's really old school

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:00 pm

Got the ar111 bulb today,not much difference in the brightness, the ar111 are very light,it's the same lite they are using on the head band and ball caps.The only draw back is the bulb is open don't know what would happen in rain or mist hitting the hot bulb,has life of 3000 hrs compared to 25 hrs.

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Post by Gary S » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:44 am

I will try the Q4509. Found them online cheaper than I am paying for the regular one at NAPA. I see it has a little tighter beam for some reason. That alone would make me want to try it. The 4313 is interesting but I wonder if it would be too bright. Sometimes a dimmer light works better when frogs are jumpy.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:23 am

Gary S wrote:I will try the Q4509. Found them online cheaper than I am paying for the regular one at NAPA. I see it has a little tighter beam for some reason. That alone would make me want to try it. The 4313 is interesting but I wonder if it would be too bright. Sometimes a dimmer light works better when frogs are jumpy.
I found them to they alot more plus the shipping is high

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by PeaRiverOpossum » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:10 am

I still have a case that I got a deal on because all the terminals had to be resoldered back on. If y'all need one shoot me a PM. I can resolder them and still save you some money. They are not GE but work just the same.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:21 am

That's for the offer,I am going to build a 250 watt lite using a q4631.

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by Scotty1 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:42 am

:rebel: have been running the ar111 for years have not had any problem with them in mist or rain and they are about as light as you can get, but they are a yellow beam not white like the leds. I run both :rebel: I like the white beams the best

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by mbwilsonjr » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:49 am

Scotty1 wrote::rebel: have been running the ar111 for years have not had any problem with them in mist or rain and they are about as light as you can get, but they are a yellow beam not white like the leds. I run both :rebel: I like the white beams the best
Thanks for input good to know I haven't run on in rain

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Re: Crackers headlight

Post by PeaRiverOpossum » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:44 am

mbwilsonjr wrote:That's for the offer,I am going to build a 250 watt lite using a q4631.
I've thought about trying that too but concerned about weight. Better make sure you use heavy wire and good connections. I would definitely NOT go through a cig plug. You're looking at 20+a at 12vdc. :shock:

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