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Ok, so I decided today was the day that I was going to replace all the burnt out bulbs in my brougham. I was able to remove and replace all of the ones that needed it except for the opera lights. The lousy haynes manual shows an exploded diagram, with a screw at the bottom of light, which allows you to get at it. Well, I definently do not see this screw. Prying at the lens didn't help any either. If anyone knows the magic touch for removing these things and getting at the bulb, please, spread your knowledge..

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Those opera lights don't have a bulb. they have a luminus sheet inside and they are powered by a transformer in the trunk burried behind the hinges. Its usually the transformer is what goes bad. to get the actual light off of the roof you have to remove the panel on the inside. the one with the curtesy light in it. the you gotta get to two nuts that hold the lamp in place. Be careful not to break the clips that hold that inner panel. Have fun!!!
 

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Well, great..Haynes does it to me again. Good thing I didn't pry too hard. Could you give me a little more detail about this transformer? Which hinge is it buried under? Driver's or Passenger's? Is there a way to test it to determine that its dead? How much is it to replace (in the ballpark) if it really is dead?

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Those opera lights don't have a bulb. they have a luminus sheet inside and they are powered by a transformer in the trunk burried behind the hinges. Its usually the transformer is what goes bad. to get the actual light off of the roof you have to remove the panel on the inside. the one with the curtesy light in it. the you gotta get to two nuts that hold the lamp in place. Be careful not to break the clips that hold that inner panel. Have fun!!!
 

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Your best bet would probably be to go to a junkyard and pick one up.........
 

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You gotta find a junk yard because the dealer doesn't have them any more. its right behind the hinge under the rear deck
 

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Ok, so junkyard it is. Only the 2 door's got the opera lights though right? Could make this a challenge finding one to rip off a junker.

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You gotta find a junk yard because the dealer doesn't have them any more. its right behind the hinge under the rear deck
 

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I'm sure you could replace them with the newer ones that you see on the limos all the time.
 

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So I talked to my buddy, he recommended a site called uneedapart.com. Guess its an online search engine for junkyards. So does anyone know exactly what this transformers name is? Anyone know the part number?
 

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Ok, so junkyard it is. Only the 2 door's got the opera lights though right? Could make this a challenge finding one to rip off a junker.
I dunno if it changed through the early 80s, but my 78 FWB (4dr sedan) has the opera lights. Shouldn't be too hard to find.

Oh yeah, I know that 1975 FWs had them too..
 

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hey mo

i just went through the same thing trying to remove my opra light s to see why they did not work ,and checked the wires going to them and they are getting 12 volts so ithink my lights are burnt out and had no luck finding replacements if you have any luck fixing yours i would really like to hear from you thanks low caddy 86 fleetwood broughm
 
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