I often here people talk about lighting their acetylene lights , do they mean carbide lights, or can carbide lights be use as a acetylene lite, I was lead to believe you can but you are trying to cause a explosion.
Carbide lights is another term for are acetylene lights.
You can manufacture the acetylene gas with water and calcium carbide via a running board mounted generator or purchase the acetylene gas already loaded in a Prestolite tank and mount the tank to the car.
Water dripping on carbide rocks produces acetylene gas in a carbide or acetylene generator. So, they open the headlamp doors and light the acetylene gas with a match.... preferably a stylish fireplace foot long match. ;o)
Oh shoot !! Erik was typing 2 minutes fasterín me !!
The lamps burn low pressure acetylene gas. They don't care where the gas came from. In different parts of the country and the world, these lamps may be referred to as "carbide lamps", "acetylene lamps", or "gas lamps". That last one (gas lamps) can be a bit more confusing because in some parts of the world, "gas lamps" refers to lamps that burn "natural gas".
Ain't linguistics fun!?
I light my No name E&J 666 headlamps on my 1911 touring. I run them off a Prest-o-Lite tank. Cleaning the residue out of an acetylene generator is a task I do not enjoy.