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Connecting headlight to Tecumseh HSK80

Hi. My JD 826D with Tecumseh HSK80 8HP was available with optional headlight and I have been thinking about adding one. There is a unconnected single wire hanging out of the engine that I assume was for the headlight. I measured the output voltage on this wire a few years back and my recollection is that it was +12vdc (the other side of the headlight would then just be grounded to the frame). What I am wondering is what the current capacity of the engine electrical output is on this engine as I don't want to overload anything. Any thoughts?

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It should handle at least 20 watts. You should entertain putting LED lights as there is a whole thread on this here:
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ed-lights.html

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The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
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Thanks for the excellent advice. That's going to be my plan!
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Dave, From my end I had both AC voltage from stator and DC voltage also.
I did not elect to use neither for my 27 watt Led light since both source provided dirty voltage which the Led lights don't like much with instant burn. I chose instead to purchase a 12v battery capable to light the LED for more than 4hrs via a direct connect with battery. I also installed an on & off all weather toggle switch to enable not using the light during the day. After a night use I just connect a battery trickle charge tender type. I have to admit it is not the cheapest way but safest for LED lights. Some other member here went with a rectifier and a capacitor but it could possibly be subject to the LED failure if any of these components fail please consider this my sole opinion. The battery cost me $44.00 and LED cost me $60.00 shining with 2160 lumens. You also have to factor the cost of a battery tender ($25.00) if you don't own one already.
Btw you could entertain installing hand warmers for $5.00 shipped free. You could plug these on your light wires. A few other members installed them.
You can verify my battery and LED light installation in the last posts on the LED light thread I gave you on previous message.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested.

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