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Old 04-14-2011   #1 (permalink)
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1157 bulb and socket question

Okay, on an 1157 bulb, you have one pin lower on the bulb and one that is higher up on the bulb. The bulb only fits in the socket one way, which pin would lead to the brake light part of the bulb, the lower or the higher pin? I know its kind of a stupid question, but i can't find any info on this. When i use a 12 volt battery, no matter what i do, i can only light up the top filament, but not the lower, so i can't figure out which wire to connect too for brake/turn and taillight........
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Re: 1157 bulb and socket question

sorry i leave the electrical gremlins to my buddy he just loves them(hahahaha). not really sure though, probably simple though somthing small overlooked good luck
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Re: 1157 bulb and socket question

I am kind of puzzled by that too! I have never tried to test a bulb, but I would think that as long as the metal base was grounded, that when you apply voltage to the individual terminals on the bulb one at a time that it would either be bright or dim.

The illustration clearly shows that, but I have no advice for you Doug. Sorry man, Allen.
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Re: 1157 bulb and socket question

That's aight, i will get er figured out........gonna go buy some better bulbs today, and retest.
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Re: 1157 bulb and socket question

doug i think that one is a constant supply and the other temporary. One needs to be lit up and the other will be grounded by that and the other will operate when power is added.
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