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    Default 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    I have a 7 D Kel-Lite that is in need of a new bulb. Any suggestions on what I can use?

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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    lets all welcome fresh light to CPF

    a very good question and i dont have a clue

    all i can say is you have posted in the right place

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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    If you can't find a bulb for $10 including shipping I sell you a new 7D Maglite krypton bulb.
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    Thanks. It really seems that the 7 cell lights are quite a bit less common than they may have been in the past. I like the big lights cause they are hard to misplace. This is the 7D Kel with a 4 D Mag. The big one has more than once, however, been implemented for it's designed use. But, it does need a bulb.

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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    A 6 cell Mag Krypton bulb will also work fine-brighter too.
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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    I believe this is the large head 7D model. Has any one hotwired one of these? I'm looking for some ideas. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fresh Light View Post
    I believe this is the large head 7D model. Has any one hotwired one of these? I'm looking for some ideas. Thanks.
    Ah, now you say the magic word! We thought you were looking for a puny bulb...

    An ROP low should do nicely as a start -- not sure about the ROP high, it may instaflash on hot batteries, but if you let them rest, I think it could work. (All depends on the resistance of that light, really...)

    You could also use a PR to bipin adapter, which opens up a wider range of options, but may not focus well (I have no idea the focus range on a Kel-lite, but filaments are typically farther forward in a bi-pin to PR adapter than the original bulb -- your light may or may not be able to compensate.)

    Or you could load it up with 26650 or 26700 cells for something around 18-24V, and see what kind of bulbs will work out for that -- maybe one of the PR base bulbs used in the cordless-drill-style flashlights, or of course some of the badder bi-pins.

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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    Mag-Lite still makes one or two bulbs for 7D flashlights. They sold 7D lights until 1990.

    If you do any mods to the Kel-Lite, make sure you don't melt anything. The lens and bulb holder are plastic. The switches are also rather weak and can't be repaired.
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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    Ha, no puny bulb please. With a light as large as this I'd like to do something special. I saw the 2D Kel HID update that Mac did. That was pretty awesome. But, with the battery space available and the vintage of the light I think a big incan is the way to go.
    I am new to this, so, I'll need help finding a temp appropriate glass lens and reflector/bulb assembly or suggestions.

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    Default Re: 7 D Cell Kel-Lite Bulb

    PR 20 is the bulb designed to be driven on 7D batteries.
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