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$3 ReStore metal halide fixture

$3 ReStore metal halide fixture

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Saw these at ReStore. My first reaction was "Meh", but then I thought. $3 and they're nice looking and have a medium pulse rated socket. Plan is to strip the gear and put in a 100 watt lamp and electronic ballast and use it in my home office instead of a 300 watt halogen torchiere.

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Jun 12, 2016 at 01:52 PM Author: sol
I think you'll like it especially if you have a CMH lamp in it. Those have excellent colour rendering for applications just like that.
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Jun 13, 2016 at 12:56 PM Author: mdcastle
Any CMH recommendations? Sylvania? Philips? GE? Looking for ones with the best color and least likely to go out with a grand finale.
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Jun 13, 2016 at 01:09 PM Author: sol
I can't speak for the other brands but I'm quite pleased with Philips, even the Chinese ones don't appear to be that bad although the Belgian ones are great.
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Jun 13, 2016 at 01:33 PM Author: Lumex120
I have both Halco and Sylvania CMH lamps. They give off a very nice light perfect for residential use so I would recommend them.

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Jun 13, 2016 at 02:11 PM Author: sol
I would imagine any CMH lamp from the 'big three' and other quality brands (Halco, Iwasaki) would be nice. I also have a Denkyu and a Satco Hygrade, but I was disappointed. They do emit light, but the CRI is not higher than 60-70-ish. The Hygrade is a bit better than the Denkyu, it is similar to plain old quartz MH, which is not bad but not enough for a living room.
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Jun 13, 2016 at 05:07 PM Author: mdcastle
How are the US made Philips Mastercolor 4Ks? What does Philip's "Elite" branding mean? Can I use one with a protected arc tube?
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Jun 13, 2016 at 05:48 PM Author: Flurofan96
Some lanterns/lamps look meh at first glimpse but you start to warm up

I'd be glad to get this and if they have stopped being produced, then I'd be glad to have an example

I will give LEDisease a taste of my shoe

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Jun 13, 2016 at 05:56 PM Author: sol
I find anything Philips MasterColour, elite or standard, to be very good. You can use a protected lamp in this lantern but it is not obligatory as you have a protective glass, i.e. the lamp is "fully enclosed" so an arc tube rupture would be contained should it occur (which is very very rare, but...).

I currently use a Philips MasterColour Elite 3000K lamp (made in China, unfortunately). Despite the country of origin, it has quite good colour rendering. When it was new, I found it way too pink even if the colour rendering was superior to others. The more I used it, the more I began to like it. I don't know if it has 'burned in' and settled to a truer colour or if my eyes adjusted to the new light source, but it is more incandescent-like than pink-like now. It might be a combination of both as well.
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