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mortimer heathcliff
online lamp store?
on Mar 2, 2006 at 1:31:02 am

howdy,

first time here, glad to you're all here! i need to get some replacement lamps for my Lowel lights, and wonder if you guys have a favorite, fast and affordable online supplier.

thanks for helping out a bonehead,

jtn


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john sharaf
Re: online lamp store?
on Mar 2, 2006 at 2:41:48 am

Mort,

These guys are the bomb:

http://www.multi-lite.com/

Best prices I've found.

JS


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rich rosen
Re: online lamp store?
on Mar 2, 2006 at 3:37:48 pm

John:

My 12 year old daughter has made me stop saying "the bomb" because it is no longer cool. Just a heads-up.


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Bob Cole
Re: online lamp store?
on Mar 2, 2006 at 8:17:59 pm

[rich rosen] "stop saying "the bomb" because it is no longer cool."

Mainly at airports, railroad stations, and container ports.

More-experienced shooters, a related question: for the run of typical lamps that we use in our Peppers, small fresnels, and 1K or less open faces: are there lamp manufacturers that you avoid?

-- Bob C


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Frank Otto
Re: online lamp store?
on Mar 2, 2006 at 10:19:52 pm

I had a brief run of bad globes from Ushio in 2003. Supplier (4Wall) noted some other users also had issues and accepted them back, re-shipped Osram/Sylvania.

I've orderd Ushio since then and have had no issues - their rep assured me the globes I'd gotten in 2003 had problems with the borosillicate base they made the glass from and they since changed vendors.



Cheers,

Frank Otto



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Walter Graff
Re: online lamp store?
on Mar 5, 2006 at 8:35:30 pm

It seem over the years that many different Ushio lamps have had problems. Anyone notice this?


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Bob Cole
How many back-ups?
on Mar 7, 2006 at 1:33:53 pm

Maybe..[Walter Graff] "t seem over the years that many different Ushio lamps have had problems. Anyone notice this?"

I think I had one bad run a while ago, and I think they were Ushio, but I've had many Ushio since that were fine. But I think "bad runs" must be common, because the lamp supplier agreed with no argument to replace them all.

Related question: that one "bad lot" of bulbs still is in the back of my mind whenever I shoot out of town, so I take 3-4 replacement bulbs for every fixture, usually not needing any. I don't want to pack any fewer, but I'm just curious: how many replacement bulbs (tungsten/fluorescent/HMI) do most people pack for, say, a three-day shoot?

The biggest danger to my bulbs has been people who invert a lit fixture or knock into a light.

-- Bob C


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Frank Otto
Re: How many back-ups?
on Mar 7, 2006 at 4:17:18 pm

I usually keep a hard case (ex pro-makeup case with tiered drawers - think upscale tackle box) on a job site with four of each type:

FEV - 150w
FKW - 300w
DYS - 600w
FAD - 650w
FRK - 650w
EGT - 1000w
DXW - 1000w
FCH - 1000w
FHM - 1000w frosted
CYX - 2000w
FEY - 2000w

I had the case available so it worked - I wouldn't go with a case that has a lot of divided space - the case I use has six 2"x12"x8" drawers-no partitions.

The worst case scenario for me was losing three FAD's and five FHM's on one shoot - combination of wind, rain and sfx.



Cheers,

Frank Otto



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Mitch Gross
Re: How many back-ups?
on Mar 11, 2006 at 7:17:12 am

I find that the smaller the bulb (lower the wattage), the flimsier and more prone to filiament breaking in transport or with a jostle. Anyone who owns Lowel Pro lights should have scads of spare bulbs around - they pop way too easily.

My worst day for bulbs was when I had a string of Inkies running off a small un-regulated generator and the helpful PA plugged an old magnetic ballasted 1200w HMI inline. I saw the colors of the rainbow from the HMI for a brief moment and then a rather brilliant paprazzi effect as all those Inkies blew.

Mitch


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