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Adding a light to simplicity

I would like to add a light to my simplicity snowblower since it doesn't have one and the majority of my snowblowing occurs in the dark due to the shorter winter days.

My machine is simplicity model 1695926 with a Briggs and Stratton 15C114-0117-E8 engine. Can someone tell me if my engine is compatible for adding a light? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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If you look at the stator, part 474A you'll see what the connector should look like. It's usually a whitish color plastic.

https://www.searspartsdirect.com/mod...n-engine-parts

It's usually located coming out of the cooling shroud over or near the electric starter.

If you don't have something like this then it's really going to be a lot of work to add a light powered off the engine.

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All this chatter about lights on a snow blower. How long are you really out there with it? Unless you're clearing snow for a job, probably not more than an hour at most. So why overthink it?

Get a battery powered light from anywhere you want and duct-tape the thing to the handlebars. Or on top of the auger housing. If you want to get fancy, get one with rechargeable batteries and fashion a mounting bracket for it.

I don't get why so many want to make it so complicated.
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WVGuy - not sure what the snow is like for you in WV but here in Northern Minnesota, we get a lot of snow. Plus my driveway is about 100 yards long. I've already got between 12-14 hours on my snowblower this winter and its only the first week of January. 99% of that snowblowing is done in the dark. I've messed around with head lamps and battery powered lights for the last couple years and am sick of dealing with mediocre battery powered lights. Just because a battery light may work for you with less snow and smaller areas to clean up, it may not be ideal for others.
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Is this the connector you are talking about?
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Yes, that's the typical connector for a snowblower headlight.

How about one of these?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Simplicity-...sAAOSw3WxaBbfL

The white plug from the headlight pigtail goes to the connector from the engine, and the remaining ring terminal from the headlight pigtail goes to a grounding point.

Also, when I google Simplicity 1695926, it comes up as a lawn mower?
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I don't get why so many want to make it so complicated.
Because it's fun...


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Just need to clip off the connector and either install a nice weathertight connection in case you think you'll need to take it apart/pull the engine or just solder and heat shrink a wire going to the headlight.
I haven't found those connectors separately, maybe someone else has.
I searched around for a two wire connector similar to a trailer connector style and ended up buying a group of 10 (best price) This style - - > https://smile.amazon.com/Allstar-Per...uckduckgo-d-20
I run two wires to the light and ground at one of the engine mounting bolts.

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Yes, that's the typical connector for a snowblower headlight.

How about one of these?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Simplicity-...sAAOSw3WxaBbfL

The white plug from the headlight pigtail goes to the connector from the engine, and the remaining ring terminal from the headlight pigtail goes to a grounding point.

Also, when I google Simplicity 1695926, it comes up as a lawn mower?
Thanks DB. Sorry I had a typo on the model number... its 1695326
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Thanks DB. Sorry I had a typo on the model number... its 1695326
Aha! That looks like a valid snowblower model number!

Take a look at a nearly identical Simplicity that came with a headlight, model number 1695986:

https://www.powerequipmentdirect.com...986/p6838.html

The headlight for it is p/n 1737965YP. There's one on ebay right now for $57.95 + $7 for shipping.

The frames of both snowblowers look nearly identical, it looks like it should work if you're willing to drill a hole for the headlight (if there isn't a hole at that spot already).
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