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    cheap opera light fix

    OPERA LIGHT REPAIR

    I have a1987 Brougham and am in the process of having my vinyl roof replaced. What a good time to repair my opera lights.
    Hear is how I repaired mine. The diagram for opera lights is in the Service Information Manual Initial Edition, 8a page 110-6. I found a fix for my opera lights, very reasonable. They come in red, green, and blue; I chose blue, http://www.mutantmods.com/electro luminescent tape strip.
    To remove the plastic lens, it is best to do it before you take it off the car. Use a very thin screwdriver and a blow dryer or heat gun, take it easy don’t rush or you will break it. The wires and the two nuts can be removed from inside after you remove the molding and seat belt anchor. Once they are off the car you can remove the pins that the wire connected to. Then cut a slot as wide as the strip, where the pins come out, this will allow you to feed the strip through.
    Cutting the strip to fit, practice on a 12” piece first. The tape can be cut the same width as the old element you took out, there is very little you have to cut off. On the back there is a small conductor and a wide conductor I cut a small strip off “the wide side conductor”. If you cut it off the wrong side it may not light, that is why it is a good idea to practice on the far end first. Do not cut the first 4” to 5” of the EL STRIP or the strip won’t work, you may be cutting of the power to the rest of the strip. Feed the new strip in through the slot you cut in the casting, peal off the back and stick it in place. Replace the reflector and the lens. Use a plastic to plastic glue around the lens this will hold it in and seal it from the weather.

    WIRING
    Start by removing the ground from the battery. Remove the inverter from the trunk, use a jumper wire to connect the black and two white wires together. This will give you a ground wire at both center posts where the lights are located. In side the right post you will find two brown wires, one white, and one blue; the blue is not used, join the two brown wires with a short piece of red wire, this will be the power or + positive the white will be the ground or - negative. On the left post you will find two brown, one blue, and one white; the blue is not used. Put the negative on the battery post long enough to take a 12 volt reading to determine which brown wire is live this is the power supply 12 volts, this is the one you will use as + put a short red wire on it the white will be the – negative.

    The strips are 12v supply with an inverter, the inverter can be connected directly to the 12v supply red and white in each post. Each post will have it’s own inverter. Don’t forget to solder all connections and tape them.
    Good luck

    Dill

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    Re: cheep opera light fix

    The only potential complaint I can see from EL on this, is AM radio interference. Have you noted any? I listen AM here a lot (AM 780 in Chicago), so that might be an issue for some people.

    You can test it first. EL stuff is cool in my book! I wanna do a dashboard in that one of these days! I have several sheets of it somewhere.

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    Re: cheep opera light fix

    I drove my cadillac today and I had no trouble with the am stations no stadic

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    Re: cheep opera light fix

    What year did they change to electro luminescent? I've been told that the older cars, like late'70s had little bulbs. And my '83 looks that way too.

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    Re: cheep opera light fix

    I don't know to much about when they had or strips with a invertor.But I am sure someone out there does.

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    Re: cheep opera light fix

    I'm not sure when they changed from light to strip with am invertor.But I am sure someone out there does. Left out LIGHT in last message.

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    hi Dill I was just wondering if this would work with 12volt led strips and do you remove the invertor in the trunk and wire the wires together and then they become 12volt any help would be great as I am trying to finish restoring a 1989 brougham for my dad

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    This is a seven year old post, dill hasn't been here for a long time. Keep us posted on your fix.

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    He may be pickled by now.
    talismandave and talismandave like this.

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    my bad I should have read the post date any how do any of you guys know if his fix worked or not

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    Quote Originally Posted by sean klyne View Post
    my bad I should have read the post date any how do any of you guys know if his fix worked or not
    I have no idea but if you come up with one then let me know. I suppose removing the inverter would deliver the necessary 12v for an easier fix than electrotape.

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    will be trying this weekend I will post results maybe a pic

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    Still around and lights are still working. It's hard to the strips the last time I looked.
    Dill

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    I take it back! Dill's in the house!

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    Re: cheap opera light fix

    [QUOTE=sean klyne;3369778]hi Dill I was just wondering if this would work with 12volt led strips and do you remove the invertor in the trunk and wire the wires together and then they become 12volt any help would be great as I am trying to finish restoring a 1989 brougham for my dad[/QUOT

    If this is the fix that's being inquired, then yes it does work. I tried the LED strip solution first, minus the inverter and it worked very well with a straight 12V. However, in my own personal opinion it looks cheap as hell (sorry). The LED's are SUPER bright and you can see each individual light as opposed to the smooth even light dispersale of the EL tape. I even tried frosting the hell out of the lenses and it still shined through really bright. Needless to say, i dumped the LED's for EL tape and a new inverter and have been happy ever since.

    Eric

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