Topics relating to lighting control gear, including magnetic & high frequency ballast and ancilliary devices such as starters, ignitors and switchgear.
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With so much of this converting filament fittings into discharge, such as floor lamps, bulkheads, wall lights etc. I'm wondering what you guys do for housing the gear? I know screwing everything down on a block of wood as a test board is the norm on here but what about the more permanent setups excluding factory made gear housings? Heres a couple of my ideas..
For me, I'd use a decent sized cast aluminium box that you can buy from places like CPC which are either plain or finished with that 'Hammerite' grey. This would act as a good heat sink for the ballast and is easily drilled for mounting holes, fuseholder, switch and cable entry. A couple of compression type cable glands would be perfect for the mains in and lamp out cables and a good steel push button footswitch on top would be ideal for floor use!
Another would be an ally or steel benchtop power supply style case! Or for wall mounting, a steel wall enclosure, maybe a weatherproof type with a lockable door which has room inside for the gear, photocell relay base and fuse carrier a la streetlight style?
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I was going to shove some HPS & MH gear into an ABS box and either clamp it to the side of the fitting or have it at the base with the switch. Got a few cable glands that I could use too. Depending on how toasty it got I'd add some ventilation holes and/or maybe a small fan.
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When I had my `fire starter`
, the table lamp was on a little , twin shelf built into brickwork, in one corner ov my living room.
I came down the wall with a piece of 1.0mm in a strip of trunking, and mounted the gear under the lower shelf of the 2, out of sight.
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