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2x 70w metal halide floodlight lit

2x 70w metal halide floodlight lit

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I found an old Regent par38 floodlight in a dumpster, and I decided to save it to do something with it. This is what I came up with, its a floodlight that uses 2 70w metal halide lamps. The lamps are protected 3000k Sylvania Metalarcs that I got from Restore for 50c each (got 6 in total). Also, I know that using non-pulse rated sockets with PSMH is a big no-no, but I didn't do a restrike or anything like that. Once I get some money I want to get some real pulse rated sockets and an enclosure for the ballasts, but that won't happen anytime soon. I also plan to paint the inside of the reflectors silver (then again white diffuses it nicely).

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Nov 12, 2017 at 02:31 PM Author: 589
Just gotta find a nice box to put those ballasts in!

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Nov 12, 2017 at 06:16 PM Author: streetlight98
They make PAR38 70W PSMH lamps but they're expensive. Looks cool! I always wanted to do this with like 75W MV lamps or something.

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Nov 12, 2017 at 07:10 PM Author: ace100w120v
I think 175w R40 mercury lamps exist(ed) as well, those would be neat in a setup like this.
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Nov 12, 2017 at 07:27 PM Author: streetlight98
Yep EYE makes them. I think they were designed for recessed can lighting in malls and stuff, though any HID can I've seen uses standard ED lamps. Actually, never seen a reflector HID (aside from CMH track lighting) used anywhere. That place I went to with Austin in Webster had lots of reflector MVs though. I didn't have any use for them so I didn't grab any. Someday I'd like to go back (hopefully with Austin and some other collectors!) and grab some more goodies, not that I really need to with all the stuff I got the first two times lol.

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Nov 13, 2017 at 04:19 PM Author: Lumex120

They make PAR38 70W PSMH lamps but they're expensive. Looks cool! I always wanted to do this with like 75W MV lamps or something.

I considered that, but they are a bit too pricey to justify using in a spare-time project like this.

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Nov 13, 2017 at 10:28 PM Author: 589
I think the setup you have is perfect, you can use any ol lamp you want!

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Nov 13, 2017 at 11:40 PM Author: Lodge

I considered that, but they are a bit too pricey to justify using in a spare-time project like this.


Keep an eye out at the restore, they are getting swapped out for LED, and they are in fairly heavy usage in shopping malls and big box stores in track lighting so you might see them popping up from time to time and they also might be in a PAR30 size..
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Have you tried it out at night?

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Nov 16, 2017 at 10:10 PM Author: Lumex120

Keep an eye out at the restore, they are getting swapped out for LED, and they are in fairly heavy usage in shopping malls and big box stores in track lighting so you might see them popping up from time to time and they also might be in a PAR30 size..

I got some 35w Philips PAR30s for 25c each from a Restore in Appleton WI. I really like that place because all light bulbs are 25c each. I have made several good scores there.

Have you tried it out at night?

No, not yet.

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