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Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:03 am
by tmac100
Now I am in Doha Qatar, but arrive in MEL on June 16th. Any idea where I can get one of these bulbs for my 2012 B&M Lumotec dynamo-driven headlight on my Brompton. Cannot find one here in Doha. SjSCycles can ship from UK, but postage = cost of the bulb....
TIA for info.

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:37 am
by Duck!
Try any automotive parts shop - Repco, Autobarn etc; HS3 is reasonably commonly used in car lighting.

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:44 am
by tmac100
This HS-3 bulb Is 6 v. Auto electronics are 12 v..

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:25 am
by find_bruce
Dynamo lights are a bit of a niche product in Australia. In Melbourne I would suggest trying St Kilda cycles https://stkildacycles.com.au or Abbotsford cycles https://abbotsfordcycles.com.au. While the bulbs are not listed on their websites, they may still have some or know where to get them.

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:20 pm
by Ross
Have you tried Jaycar?

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:50 pm
by tmac100
find_bruce wrote:Dynamo lights are a bit of a niche product in Australia. In Melbourne I would suggest trying St Kilda cycles https://stkildacycles.com.au or Abbotsford cycles https://abbotsfordcycles.com.au. While the bulbs are not listed on their websites, they may still have some or know where to get them.


Thanks for this, find_bruce. Abbotsford has none. I await a reply from SKC. No big rush as I am riding my Brompton here in Doha, Qatar carefully with no light. No bulbs available here, and since I will be bicycle touring in OZ June - Aug, figured I could get a 6v HS-3 in OZ. Time will tell... but the headlight is compact and gives off a lot of light - when the bulb works :roll:

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:52 pm
by Jmuzz
We are used to having to order everything online here, often international, so you will probably just have to do that. 25 million spread over the size of entire USA or EU is a hard market to cover with local stores.

Australia Post has a Parcel Collect system where you can register a virtual address at most post offices anywhere in the country and collect from there. So that will be useful if you are traveling around for some time. May be some ID hassles with passport ID, I'm not sure.
Beware that's for world postal partners only, not most couriers.

Get yourself a basic battery led light, from $10. It is generally law that you must have lights after sunset.

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:06 pm
by tmac100
Thank you, for this extra info. Yes, Australia is a huge country spread out over the size of the USA, or EU is quite the sight(s) to see. That is why I have been living and touring occasionally since 1971. A very safe country for touring in the outback.

Back in June to do Cape York - but only in the daylight :lol:

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:42 pm
by find_bruce
Personally I would take the opportunity to switch to an LED, but ymmv.

Are you running a rear light & need the 2.4w version or not & want the 3w version. I am about to place an order with bike24 and can get the 2.4w for €2.10 or the 3w for €3.28. Will need to get them to you in Melbourne, but plenty of time for that

Re: Need a HS-3 halogen bulb. Where to buy?

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:22 pm
by tmac100
Thanks for this help. However ....
I can get the bulb sent to me from SJSCycles in UK to here in Qatar for the same price as St. Kilda Cycles sells it in Melbourne. AusPost costs double that SKC price Now that is the price of 2 nice beers in Young and Jacksons!!. Better to get the bulb from UK, bicycle here and then come to OZ - and have a beer (AT) Y & J. :roll:

Then of course there is another complication. My Brompton has a battery powered tail light (also dead) that switches on when the headlight is on. As I have new B&M rear lights purchased from Bike 24, I may just change the hybrid rear light and go dynamo all the way. With time it makes sense to switch to LED lighting, but now it is cheaper to get a HS-3 bulb and use what I have. Here in Doha, at 28C during the day it is still great for bicycling :D

Onward...