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by Tom
Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!
Replies: 19
Views: 4051

Re: Greeted by LED main road street lights! NOT IMPRESSED!!

You've echoed my thoughts on LED exactly there Jeremy! About 3 quarters of my disco lighting is LED based now, even though I had to repair one of my units last week because a resistor had smoked out on the main board! And this is something that does a few hours a night at the weekend! Cheap and easy...
by Tom
Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Philips Smart Starter
Replies: 6
Views: 2053

Re: Philips Smart Starter

Ha! Yes! Check the edit above lol!
by Tom
Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Philips Smart Starter
Replies: 6
Views: 2053

Re: Philips Smart Starter

Now that is interesting! I'd like to know exactly how it extinguishes the tube tho! I guess it goes into some form of semi-stuck starter mode keeping the cathodes partially heated? Paul and I have just been discussing it! Perhaps at switch-off, the triac kicks in, placing a full short across the tub...
by Tom
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??
Replies: 5
Views: 1878

Re: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??

UPDATE: Take a look at this 1952 Ediswan catalogue page 39!! (Cheers James!) 2500w MA/H with a 'Large bi-post' base! http://www.lamptech.co.uk/Documents/Catalogues/Cat%20UK%20Ediswan%201952.pdf Oh, and whilst I don't want to hijack your thread Jeremy, there's something even more awesome listed on th...
by Tom
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??
Replies: 5
Views: 1878

Re: Anyone know what the largest MA lamp made was??

These lamps sound a strange but awesome breed Jeremy! I'd love to see one and the behemoth of a ballast that ran them!
by Tom
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Something funny going on here ???? Clear Mercury lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 1527

Re: Something funny going on here ???? Clear Mercury lamp

So this lamp has been 'gassed'? Rather like when a tube loses vacuum and a portion of phosphor at the end is blown away?
by Tom
Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???
Replies: 10
Views: 2555

Re: 100 watt GEC Truelite MBTF ???

A 100w GEC MBTF Truelite? Wouldn't that be a beautiful gorgeous object?? I've had my Philips 100w ML with BC cap since I bought it in 1990 and I love it to bits! There is something about the light from blended lamps, particularly the 100w. I'm surprised it ever existed given that it's barely any bri...
by Tom
Fri May 17, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Alternatives to Philips 559C (T1)
Replies: 2
Views: 1437

Re: Alternatives to Philips 559C (T1)

Hi Andy and welcome to the love of lighting! Colin has hit the nail on the head with Lancelyn! What they don't know about stage lighting isn't worth knowing! And they are very much all for keeping the old kit alive and lighting, just like we do on here! I've known Simon on the sales team for 20 year...
by Tom
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: T12 Lamp Supplier
Replies: 8
Views: 2735

Re: T12 Lamp Supplier

Definitely an awesome Alladin's Cave of a place! All sorts of other random non-lighting bits too, like a turntable chassis for £30 odd (the CL12D type fitted in 1980s disco consoles) which you could build your own record deck with!
by Tom
Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?
Replies: 6
Views: 4666

Re: LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?

HID ELC retrofit?? Tell me more please James! What gear did it run on? I've seen a 150w MR16 HID thing from the no names Xenpow and he like used in the HID equivalents of the moving heads I have but I must say they don't really strike my arc lol. It has a cable connection. Converting my 4 heads and ...
by Tom
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?
Replies: 6
Views: 4666

Re: LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?

Here's a recently launched 50w LED based unit that's causing quite a stir amongst the DJ community at present...

http://youtu.be/F6UOqEtzG7g

Nice light but I can't prise myself from my trusty old 250w Martin Acrobats that have been going 13 years now!
by Tom
Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?
Replies: 6
Views: 4666

LED Replacement for A1/259 ELC 250w Photo-Optic Lamps?

OK so i might be in for a slating here but here goes.... The current trend with modern disco and nightclub light effects units is 20-75w LED sources in favour of traditional halogen and HID lamps. Some projectors have also gone LED so I'm wondering if there's a suitable substitute for the humble A1/...
by Tom
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

Mains Powered 6" 4w T5s

Having seen those awesome little American 4w battens, has anyone spotted, or known of any situations where diddy 4w T5 Tubelets are running on mains switchstart circuits here in the UK? Would be interesting to know, especially in this age of PL-S and more recently, LED! Are any used in signs? Contro...
by Tom
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: A little help please :)
Replies: 1
Views: 1391

Re: A little help please :)

If you're careful, using a good pair of side cutters you should be able to 'nibble' the caps away from the lamps starting at the furthest point from the glass. Assuming you have new caps to graft onto the lamps that is!
by Tom
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Kitchen LED Replacements
Replies: 20
Views: 4371

Re: Kitchen LED Replacements

When I saw the title of this thread I had a horrifying thought that you had replaced the worktop fluorescents with LED! :vomit
by Tom
Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Luminaires
Topic: Fitzgerald LPF30 A bit rusty
Replies: 4
Views: 2755

Re: Fitzgerald LPF30 A bit rusty

Great news Danny! I've got some very slight rust on mine too around the starter hole and cover plate screws but nothing too drastic. Just some slight bubbling under the paint! I agree with Dave, give her a full respray! That 'Appliance White' spray paint should be ideal. Fitzies are terrible for yel...
by Tom
Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: A couple of very interesting things...
Replies: 13
Views: 4320

Re: A couple of very interesting things...

AND... If these break the market, it could herald a whole new era in T5 fluorescent street lighting! Imagine slimmed down versions of yesteryear's lanterns running 54w and 80w HO T5s? Ahh, nice to dream!
by Tom
Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: A couple of very interesting things...
Replies: 13
Views: 4320

Re: A couple of very interesting things...

All I can say is fair play to the Chinese for having a bash at reversing the HF trend!
by Tom
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: A couple of very interesting things...
Replies: 13
Views: 4320

Re: A couple of very interesting things...

Hallelujah!!
by Tom
Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: SON I Glow bottles
Replies: 8
Views: 2370

Re: SON I Glow bottles

I'm sure there wouldn't be any harm in trying Danny! You'll probably find it'll be good for 6-8' tubes!
by Tom
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: THORN EMI 200w SLI/H First Run!
Replies: 19
Views: 5101

Re: THORN EMI 200w SLI/H First Run!

We've greatly calmed her down by draping a couple of pieces of blue gel over the lamp! Can see the lamp in all her beauty!
by Tom
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: THORN EMI 200w SLI/H First Run!
Replies: 19
Views: 5101

THORN EMI 200w SLI/H First Run!

Hi guys. We've just lit our 1985 THORN EMI 200w Linear Sodium lamp for the first time! Running on 150w SON ballast and 90w SOX ignitor, hooked up to my Fitzy LP30! :D Looking bloody awesome and insanely bright! The big question is, now it's lit, for a lamp thats best part of 30 years old, do we need...
by Tom
Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: T12 Lamp Supplier
Replies: 8
Views: 2735

Re: T12 Lamp Supplier

You just know them 3' T12 warm whites will be something lovely and vintage! :D

The Thorn 15w T12s are well worth having too!
by Tom
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Luminaires
Topic: Best modern manufacturer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7557

Re: Best modern manufacturer?

Well it seems Coughtrie are following market trends with LED and HF. But on the outside they're still good solid properly built Scottish made fittings! Which can easily be reverted to 'proper' lighting formats LOL
by Tom
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: T12 LED Retrofits
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: T12 LED Retrofits

That's total sacrilege! If the Superslim is switchstart, they could at least pop a T8 in the poor thing!

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