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SE5a high level brake light?

Post by adamwilkes » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:31 pm

Just having a think, now that I might hoik up my trousers and actually drive my Scimitar once in a while; has anyone fitted a good-looking high-level brake light? First thoughts are for me to reverse the rear interior light (so the switch is on the front) and fit something against that :? Or just a red tint over the interior light; it comes on when you brake AND when you open the door :lol:


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Post by rebel alliance » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:33 pm

I have after nearly being rear ended a few times.It's an old halfords type that sticks on the window with an adjustable angle on the case anything high up blocks your vision
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Post by rebel alliance » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:46 pm

Two for sale on ebay 😊



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Post by willholderogri » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:46 am

My led coversion ( home made ) separates the Back light from the brake light .so if I have the lights on there will be two lights plus two braking lights when the brake is applied .


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Post by manny » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:40 am

Good day

i added a pair of low cost 12 v LED bars to the screen hinges , you can just make them out - not the nicest but high level ..
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Post by adamwilkes » Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:40 pm

I have a cunning idea :D I see an opportunity to bolt a nice narrow strip of metal from one hatch window-hinge inner fixing-bolt to the one on the other side, then fixing an LED strip light to it as a third brake light. Using something like this:

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Shouldn't interrupt rear view too much, and should only be peeking out from the top edge of the screen, level with the bottom of the hinges and interior light. Metal strip could be twisted to show a narrow edge over much of it's length. Just not sure about internal light reflections as the light isn't light-sealed against the screen :?


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Post by Stevecoulsin » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:32 pm

Clever idea and I will be interested to know how you get on. Always a bit aware that the Scims brake lights are low compared to many modern SUVs etc.
Carbuilder have a few thin led brake light strips.


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Post by adamwilkes » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:05 pm

Thanks Steve, I just looked at CarBuilderSolutions - they have a good selection of high-level brake lights! I have chosen one now from H Bowers, however, partly because of good reviews on their site about it. May well be similar to many others, but £14.99 inc P&P pays for a fair certainty of a suitable product (model: WAS W87, E-approved). Watch this space for fitment!

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Oh - and it's IP68 protected so the many and various Scimitar rain leaks shouldn't affect it :lol:
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Post by Stevecoulsin » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:17 pm

Looks good ! A bargain.


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Post by philhoward » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:57 pm

Funnily even though they’re minutes from where I live, I’d never heard of H Bowers until very recently. Some very good prices there - well worth a browse of their site.


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Post by Old and Slow » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:22 pm

Nice idea, but whatever you do, don't sit at the traffic lights with your foot on the brake pedal, like some Chelsea Tractor drivers... :evil:


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Post by adamwilkes » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:39 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:22 pm
whatever you do, don't sit at the traffic lights with your foot on the brake pedal
Agreed, in fact I think the driver's manual recommends to engage Park if stationary for a few seconds and take foot off the brake; also recommended is to use indicators, mirrors, not to bounce off kerbs and to engage common sense when driving - Oh! So sorry, I got TOTALLY carried away on an irrational surge of hope there :shock:


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