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POWERLITE UPGRADE ROUGH DRAFTING.

POWERLITE UPGRADE ROUGH DRAFTING.

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Currently still in the assembly and engineering process. Thanks to widelite-1000 for the 70 watt ballast! When this is finished it will have a mogul socket. Aswell as a toggle switch to switch off the ignitor for mercury lamps. I'm planning on using a carling brand switch since their reliable... Hopefully it can survive in an outside environment. As you can see I'm building this like a tank. Unlike the original assembly inside this light I plan on this thing lasting near forever. I may get cloth covers for the wires aswell.

The restrike module and ignitor are mounted right next to each other with plumbers strap. The ignitor also has an extra strap around the bottom, and I have a plate on the bottom to hold them in and dissipate heat. The cap is on top near the photocell socket because I have no other place to cram it. The auxillary sockets are mounted with two 100 watt incandescent lamps. Incandescent is ultimately the best choice due to their tolerance of heat.

I'll also need to organize the wiring... The restrike module has 4 wires, ignitor 3, ballast 8, aswell as all the sockets, photocell, switch.... This is gonna be fun to manage the wires lmao.

Check the previous two photos for further info and to see how this project is evolving.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 09:24 AM Author: Fluorescent05
Nice! What still needs to be done?

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 09:35 AM Author: Metal Halide Boy
What are the Incandescent lamps for? And what is a restrike module?
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Oct 22, 2019 at 11:49 AM Author: Fluorescent05

What are the Incandescent lamps for? And what is a restrike module?

When an HID lamp is turned off and back on fast (called a hot restrike), it must cool down before the arc can restrike and the HID can warm up again. This period takes about 5 minutes, but it will be totally dark during it, so the restrike module monitors lamp current and if the current is too low, it will turn on the incandescent lamps to provide light during a hot restrike.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 11:57 AM Author: sox35

When an HID lamp is turned off and back on fast (called a hot restrike), it must cool down before the arc can restrike and the HID can warm up again. This period takes about 5 minutes, but it will be totally dark during it, so the restrike module monitors lamp current and if the current is too low, it will turn on the incandescent lamps to provide light during a hot restrike.

That's a good idea. I seem to remember some UK fixtures having something similar, but don't recall which ones. If any that is, I may be imagining it, but there was mention of it in the chapter on ballast circuit design in the book Lamps & Lighting I've been reading recently.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 12:13 PM Author: HomeBrewLamps
Basically all I need to do is get the socket attached and the wires organized. Also the photocell isnt in the circuit yet so I'll need to connect that up.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 09:58 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Glad it made it intact ! Enjoy !

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Oct 23, 2019 at 05:25 PM Author: HomeBrewLamps
I need to purchase drill bits so it may be a while before this project is complete... I might just borrow a bit from a friend because I'm getting a bit impatient.... Can't wait to get her up and running.

"powerlite Model 2"

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