Here is what I did so far: I am taking current from the relay post of the 32E generator directly to front and rear lights. I put 12V bulbs in. There is no battery, no capacitor and no voltage regulator in the circuit. The lights are dim at idle and get brighter when the engine revs, but so far I haven't blown any bulbs.
Would I be damaging the generator if the lights aren't switched on all the time the engine is running? I don't mind burning a bulb now and then, but would hate to damage the 70yr old genny