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Old Aug 15th, 2007, 10:32 PM
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R56 tail/brake bulb

whilst fitting my silver indicator bulbs i was looking at all the other bulbs on the rear of the car
it appears i think that it has two tail/brake bulbs one top and bottom, they are not double filament so the only way i can see that they go brighter is too have 12 volts when you brake but a lower voltage has just tail lights.

any 1 else noticed this are am i talking crud ?

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If there not dual filament then they would be like a lot of other cars without dual filament. One lights for the side lights and both light for the brakes.

It was acceptable in the 80's
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Sorry to hijack your thread, but just a quick question. I'm taking delivery of a New Cooper D in the middle of September and would be keen to replace the orange bulbs for silver ones as I've ordered the white indicator pack.

Are the front and rear indicators just the standard fitting? (PY21W I think!)

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Quote: Originally Posted by LeakyTurnip (original)
Sorry to hijack your thread, but just a quick question. I'm taking delivery of a New Cooper D in the middle of September and would be keen to replace the orange bulbs for silver ones as I've ordered the white indicator pack.

Are the front and rear indicators just the standard fitting? (PY21W I think!)

Thanks in advance!


yes...PY21W's.... I got mine after reading this thread... http://www.mini2.com/forum/2nd-gen-m...ulb-offer.html
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If there not dual filament then they would be like a lot of other cars without dual filament. One lights for the side lights and both light for the brakes.

but both bulbs are 21 watt which would be too bright for tail lights that's why i mentioned them being fed with a lower voltage

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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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yes...PY21W's.... I got mine after reading this thread... http://www.mini2.com/forum/2nd-gen-m...ulb-offer.html

Just ordered a set for myself, got a promotion code from the web so it worked out at 12.11. Cool!

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Quote: Originally Posted by picard (original)
but both bulbs are 21 watt which would be too bright for tail lights that's why i mentioned them being fed with a lower voltage

Strange, I guess they must be.

It was acceptable in the 80's
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Its the same system as on some BMWs
It pulses the bulb on and off very fast to make it sidelight brightness, switches on constant for brake. If you look closely you can see it pulsing
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Its the same system as on some BMWs
It pulses the bulb on and off very fast to make it sidelight brightness, switches on constant for brake. If you look closely you can see it pulsing

thanks will look for that

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Need help in fitting correct bulbs for 57 plate cooper D

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One of my rear tail/brake light bulbs is not working on the driver's side. When I checked the type of bulb I was surprised to see it was a single filment type. The handbook states that the bulb should be the 21/5w type.

When I checked the other cluster (passenger side) I found one dual filament at the top of the cluster and a single bulb at the bottom.

I am really confused or can either type work.

Advice appreciated.
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I am investigating this now. It may be that just one of bulbs (lower) that has the 5w other filament is illuminated when any lights are on. And both bulbs hit at 21w when the brake is applied.

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