Found a clear dome for my SVP-1166 teardrop... finally

Thebakerman

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Been looking for a clear lens for an SVP-1166 halogen teardrop light for what seems like forever. I have several SVP-1166's but have never been able to find a clear lens for one. I decided to check the STAR website and noticed they still listed clear lenses for their plastic base 1166 so I emailed and asked about it and they kindly responded saying they had just ONE clear lens left in stock and beyond that they had no plans to make any more. He said normally they don't sell to private individuals but because this was the very LAST ONE they decided to do it this one time. The price was certainly right at only $21.78 to my door :)

Normally I wouldn't have any need for a clear lens on a teardrop light because these lights were typically used by themselves and because there never was a mirror system made for them or any kind of snap-on filters, I figured there weren't many clear lenses made for the 1166 and my interest is for a collection piece because I figured they were probably rare so I felt very fortunate to acquire the very last one the manufacturer would ever stock. I also noticed they list a purple lens as well. Only thing I've ever seen purple used for are funeral processions.

I will say that STAR was very accomodating and I thank them for their assistance!


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dmathieu

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That is a beauty!
If I can make a suggestion,....Change the bulb from the current 795 horizontal filament to a 795X vertical filament bulb, and you will have a much improved vertical beam emitted from the reflector.
 
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Thebakerman

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That is a beauty!
If I can make a suggestion,....Change the bulb from the current 795 horizontal filament to a 795X vertical filament bulb, and you will have a much improved vertical beam emitted from the reflector.
Funny you say that because I just happen to be waiting for an order of 795 vertical bulbs to arrive. I placed an order yesterday because I have a few other lights that would benefit from using them as well. Interestingly, every SVP-1166 light I've ever had actually came with horizontal filament bulbs from the manufacturer but I've noticed the phenomena you pointed out using my Fire Ball lights. I have several 2nd generation Fire Ball's and one of them has a bayonet base socket and I installed a 795 horizontal bulb because that's all I had on hand but I noticed that particular Fire Ball projects a very small spot of light on the wall versus the newer second generation Fire Ball's which use an H1 halogen bulb with a vertical filament. Both style lights are extremely bright but the bayonet base model projects a much smaller spot of light while I noticed the H1 model projects a very tall vertical column of light, which, I'm guessing is why Federal Signal switched from Bayonet to H1 style bulbs to begin with. Comparing those two Fire Ball's showed how big a difference using a vertical filament makes versus using horizontal. BIG difference...

As far as the clear lens goes, I've only seen a couple 1166 lights with them over the decades. I'm sure they weren't big sellers but a year ago someone was selling, or trying to sell, a Signal-Stat 381 with a clear lens and a dark blue bulb but he wanted way too much for it (an SS 381 is really just an SVP-1166 anyway), but he wanted $140 for a USED light and when I inquired about it he suddenly wanted $170! Needless to say I told him "nevermind" and noticed he tried to sell it on Ebay for EIGHT MONTHS STRAIGHT but nobody would buy it (gee, wonder why). When STAR said they had ONE left I immediately bought it. I've NEVER seen a Fire Ball clear lens for sale, and the only ones I've ever even seen are YOURS! I guess my little SVP-1166 clear lens will have to suffice because I doubt I'll ever get one for one of my Fire Ball's! Such as life :cool:
 
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Thebakerman

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Nice. Love the clear lens. Would like to find a fireball lens in clear that would not break the bank.
Join the club. Was just telling dmathieu the only clear Fire Ball lenses I've ever seen are HIS. Clear lenses are rare for the SVP-1166 but are uber-rare for the Fire Ball.
 

coop359

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In the 80s as a teen I got my first fireball - FBH with the large magnet. I could have bought any Color lens for cheap back then. Should have stocked up. I finally got a clear Vitalite lens.
 

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Thebakerman

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In the 80s as a teen I got my first fireball - FBH with the large magnet. I could have bought any Color lens for cheap back then. Should have stocked up. I finally got a clear Vitalite lens.
The Vitalite models you have are my favorite version (ones without a metal frame overhead). Personally, I think the ones you have look nicer versus the metal framed version.
 

dmathieu

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Attention grabber for the most part, I would surmise.
BUT, I have a RARE Fire Ball Model FB13W clear that has separate switch for the light, and for the motor. This was meant to be a remote controlled spot light, as well as a rotating warning light. I have never seen this offered as a catalog item.217192217193217194
 
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Love the clear dome on teardrops. Does anyone have an idea what the function of a clear dome is?
I would imagine clear-domed teardrop lights might be used in conjunction with other colored teardrop lights, such as in a permanent mount installation. Mind you, I've never seen a multi-teardrop installation but aside from that I don't know what else a clear lens teardrop would be used for because you wouldn't use one by itself since no one would know what service you represented.
 
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Attention grabber for the most part, I would surmise.
BUT, I have a RARE Fire Ball Model FB13W clear that has separate switch for the light, and for the motor. This was meant to be a remote controlled spot light, as well as a rotating warning light. I have never seen this offered as a catalog item.
Very interesting Fire Ball. That's another one I've not seen before. I doubt Federal Signal Corporation themself has as good a collection as you!
 

coop359

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My High School had a security guy that thought he was a cop back in 79-82. He wore a uniform, mirrored sun glasses and a nightstick. No gun. He had a pumpkin colored Ford LTD2 4 door and drove around the school with a clear fireball on the dash. He then added a unity spot light and then a all clear Federal Twinsonic with rear red par36 flashers. Front flashers and rotator bulbs were all clear. I wish I had a photo or that light bar.
 
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Is that red Fire Ball in the picture the same NOS first-gen model that sold a couple weeks ago on Ebay? If so, I followed that auction but I knew it would go beyond my personal budget, although I must say it didn't go as high as I thought it would. The flash hood looks a lot cleaner from the one in the auction, unless maybe you put one of your own on it.
 
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Thebakerman

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My High School had a security guy that thought he was a cop back in 79-82. He wore a uniform, mirrored sun glasses and a nightstick. No gun. He had a pumpkin colored Ford LTD2 4 door and drove around the school with a clear fireball on the dash. He then added a unity spot light and then a all clear Federal Twinsonic with rear red par36 flashers. Front flashers and rotator bulbs were all clear. I wish I had a photo or that light bar.
At some point in our lives I think we've all known someone like that security guy. Perhaps using an amber lens was too degrading for him, which may be why he used clear but I've never seen anyone use all clear lenses before. That's dedication when you install a full lightbar on your POV! I've seen lots of firefighters do that but never a security guard. In the fire service the most I ever used on my POV were dash lights but back in the late 70's when I began there really wasn't much to choose from in the way of hideaway emergency lighting. Your choice was a red revolving teardrop or, later on, a Fireball II or Responder with an optional mirror attachment. There really wasn't anything else back then - not at all like there is today. Nowadays there's loads of choices for hideaway lighting.
 

Skulldigger

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In Georgia a lot of utility companies use clear lenses as no permit is required for a "white" flashing light where technically your suppose to for Red, Blue or Amber. Not sure why amber requires one. Green is illegal on anything in Georgia. So you can light up anything clear. Absolutely love the clear lens on the teardrops. Have never seen one before yesterday and was just talking yesterday to my wife who asked if I had one. Told her I didn't think they made them and an hour later Dan posted one. Now this one shows up. I said yesterday I might have to check my house for hidden surveillance bugs.
 

jph2

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That light looks cool with the clear lens. Cool story on how it came to be yours. Great price and nice you've got the last manufacturer stock clear lens on the planet. :)
 

Mars Light

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That's a great collection of multi-colored 1166's. Only one you're missing is PURPLE. Although this color didn't come out until later on, it is a genuine S.O. VP lens. Don't know if they're still available though.
I know, I saw your comment on my youtube post. Do you have a contact at Star , regarding the purple dome?
 

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