Brand new product for 2014!
This 19 LED array is the brightest 6 volt stop and tail light unit available and provides excellent illumination of the Lucas 529 style of rear light fitted to many classic motorcycles and cars produced in the 1950s and 60s. It is compatible with both positive and negative earth electrical systems with internal circuitry to automatically adapt to the motorcycle’s polarity.
It is a dual intensity lamp which means that all of the LEDs illuminate for the tail light function and then they all become even brighter when the brake is applied. This gives excellent illumination of the rear lamp with a clear difference between the tail and stop light functions.
The light unit is comprised of a circular array of 19 bright LEDs. We have two different versions available – the recommended one has red LEDs and the alternative uses white LEDs. The red LED version shown on this page gives a brighter tail light which is a rich red colour, however the number plate illumination is less visible. The white LED version provides slightly better number plate illumination, however the tail light is a little less bright (as the red lens filters out some of the non-red light) and tends to make the Lucas 529 lamps look a little more pink than red. We offer both colours so you can choose which is best for your application, but we normally recommend the red LED version to get the best performance out of the L529 rear lamp.
The LED has the standard BAY15D dual contact offset pin base which is sometimes also known as the 1157 fitment. It has been tried and tested installed inside a Lucas 529 rear lamp and has been found to fit perfectly. The large circular array of LEDs gives excellent visibility of the stop and tail light functions which is as good, if not actually a little better, than the standard filament bulb.
The Lucas 529 (L529) tail light
The Lucas 529 tail lamp (also sometimes known as the L529) was fitted to many lightweight classic British bikes between the mid-1950s and early 1960s. Motorcycles which use this lamp include the AJS 350 and 500, Ariel 350, BSA Bantam, Enfield 250, Francis Barnett, James, early Triumph T20 Tiger Cub and Terrier, Velocette and Vincent Black Prince and Knight models, amongst others.
It was initially used in single filament (tail light only) form with bikes with direct lighting systems, but was later also used with a twin filament bulb to give both stop and tail light functions.