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Title: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 09, 2016, 05:24:35 PM
Today I had some fun at one of the older church buildings out of 17 that I help look after.  The building was converted from T12 to T8 about 7 or 8 years ago after a failing 40 year old ballast got a little too hot and put on quite a smoke show that scared a few folks.  At the time it was converted, they put in Sylvania 3000k T8s.  Sadly though- The warm whites just don't do well in this building, because the coloring of the carpet and walls and ceiling don't favor the warm white color and makes it look a sickly yellowish color.  So today- I took it upon myself to swap over to 4100k.  New Sylvania 4100k XP or whatever the new thing is.  These tubes are much nicer vs the previous generation from Sylvania as these are not super dim in the middle when first turned on.  The white is a bit nicer too, so Sylvania has done a good job with their new XP generation of T8s.  I've so far done 2 out of 3 hallways and the two primary entrance ways and I gotta tell you.. it looks gooooooooooooood.  I only had 2 cases of lamps, and this building is a bit out of the way, so I'll return when I have some more free time and get the last hallway, and start changing out the classrooms.  I am confident that the church goers will be quite pleased with the new look and brighter light in this case.  One side of the walls are of a dark brown colored brick and the the carpets are a dark red/blue type, with the other side of the wall being white glossy painted cinder-block, and ceilings are white as well, so the colors pick up and reflect nicely with the 4100ks.  I replaced a few broken original sockets/tombstones as well.  When they retrofitted these from T12 to T8, they didn't run the new wires from the ballast straight into the sockets, but rather spliced them in to some of the old wire remaining.  I don't like that personally so if I pull the ballast cover/reflector off to get to the ballast and sockets, I always pull the sockets out and can usually work the old wires out of there and then run the wires from the ballast into the sockets.  It allows me to pick up 3 orange wire nuts too, per fixture!  <evil grin>  

I also replaced 2 HPS 70 watt bulbs in wall packs at another building near the one above, and had to pull out a bad ballast/capacitor/starter from another wall pack at that same building.  Replaced it with a Universal brand 50 watt HPS Capacitor/Ballast combo (all out of 70 watt ballasts and won't have any until sometime next year due to budget) I really like these things vs the big bulky suckers

What I put in:
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Nice and simple, everything combined together.  These things also last quite nicely.  Haven't had to replace one yet and we've used them for replacements for going on 20 years now.  Long before i started helping out.  

What I took out that was bad:
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I am saving the old one as I plan on testing to see if it was the capacitor or the starter that went bad.  Yeah it's a 20 watt loss by going with the 50 watt but the area this particular wall back is at isn't too critically needed for lighting, just an emergency exit more or less and the 50 watt will do fine.  


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on September 09, 2016, 08:34:39 PM
I didn't do anything today lighting-wise, but I did help someone out with fluorescent tubes at Home Depot a few weeks/months ago.
Also, this should be in General Discussion.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on September 10, 2016, 02:27:10 AM
Coincidentally you were relamping a big church that have study halls and classrooms, i was saving some Ice Packs that were replaced in a big synagogue that have study halls and classrooms

Ice Pack is a sort of very basic Fluorescent luminaire that was common in the 90s, made of a flat Metal tray on which tubes and gear are mounted, and vacuum formed textured PMMA cover reminding of a block of Ice

But they tend to deteriorate very badly over the years and have many failures because of the tubes and gear being in the same space, exposing all the Plstics to to UV

One of the ones i got allready had marks from a short circuit bang, and all of them are in the condition of imminent short circuit, as the wire isolation crumbles away when they are disturbed, but somehow they still worked. Most of them are missing the cover, as it fell off as result of brittling and cracking from the UV as well

So i saved about 20 Ice Packs, 2 x 40W Switchstart (now all lamped with 36W tubes), made in 1990. of them 2 also have battery powered emergency module

They were replaced for LED luminaires of different types


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 10, 2016, 10:56:11 PM
Today I changed out about 120 F32T8s in the cove areas above the chapel in one of my church buildings.  Pulled out the mixture of Philips/Sylvania/GE mostly 4100ks with a few 3000ks, and replaced em all with the blasted "http://www.superiorlampinc.com/product_line/fluorescent.htm (http://www.superiorlampinc.com/product_line/fluorescent.htm)" (aka Philips) "XTRA BRITE" (5000k) And it actually looks pretty nice, believe it or not.  That is because the pendants are still 3000k which balances out the color in the chapel.  My feet are super sore from the ladder and I am worn out.  Inhaled so much dust I am probably going to get sick too.  

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Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 25, 2016, 01:14:55 AM
Had a busy evening.  Converted 2 175 Watt MH RAB wall packs over to 150W HPS, and re-lamped a number of classroom fixtures, taking out some F40T12 WW bulbs that I kept in the fixtures when I converted them to T8 a few years back, and also took out some F32T8 3000ks, replaced with new Sylvania 4100ks.  Much better light in these rooms with the cool white vs warm whites.  Saving the warm white T8s as they are very low hour and will have use for them elsewhere.  The T12s are being saved for the hallway fixtures which are still T12 ballasted. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on September 25, 2016, 07:17:27 AM
Had a busy evening.  Converted 2 175 Watt MH RAB wall packs over to 150W HPS, and re-lamped a number of classroom fixtures, taking out some F40T12 WW bulbs that I kept in the fixtures when I converted them to T8 a few years back, and also took out some F32T8 3000ks, replaced with new Sylvania 4100ks.  Much better light in these rooms with the cool white vs warm whites.  Saving the warm white T8s as they are very low hour and will have use for them elsewhere.  The T12s are being saved for the hallway fixtures which are still T12 ballasted. 
Did you convince them not to use LED?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 25, 2016, 10:53:11 PM
These RAB 175 MH packs were installed back around 01. The fixtures/housing are still in good shape so no need to replace those.  No need to go LED.  They'll start installing LEDs in the new buildings sooner or later but these old buildings will stay HPS for many more years to come unless the church HQ tells us otherwise.  But given that they are still putting in T8 Fluorescents in the new buildings and not LEDs, (save for floodlights) I think we'll be safe for awhile.  If the buildings were being used on a daily basis with high demand, it would be a different story.  But save for all day Sunday and a few hours here and there during the week, converting EVERYTHING over to LED just wouldn't be practical.  At least inside the buildings.  We also keep most of our parking lot poles on timers so that they are on from dusk until about 10:30-11:30 at night and then go off.  The exterior building lights will stay on dusk to dawn. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: nicksfans on September 26, 2016, 01:16:17 PM
Why convert from MH to HPS though? It's a step backward as far as appearance goes and you aren't saving a lot of energy.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on September 26, 2016, 02:02:57 PM
Why convert from MH to HPS though? It's a step backward as far as appearance goes and you aren't saving a lot of energy.
I was wondering the same thing. Maybe so the lamps last longer? Although these fixtures are probably mounted low enough to easily relamp so that shouldn't be a problem.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 26, 2016, 05:48:04 PM
Life is the main reason.  Those low wattage MHs only last a year or two at best. Rated for about 10,000 hours but we never see them last that long. The HPS gives us 5-8 years. While the HPS may not be as energy effecient at MH, if you think about it, with us going from 175W MH to 150W HPS, we're probably about breaking even cost wise for energy use and getting longer life.  Oh, and HPS bulbs don't explode when they go EoL. MH does, even the so called "protected" ones.  Regardless of brand.  I love the white light that the MH puts out, but this building is more of an orange/brown color so the HPS really picks it up nice and reflects the color nicely vs the MH.  


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: nicksfans on September 26, 2016, 05:49:08 PM
Wow, I didn't think the life difference would be so big!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on September 29, 2016, 12:14:22 PM
Is that indoors ? Outdoors ? Are 3 Phases used to reduce flicker ?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on September 29, 2016, 12:23:57 PM
Now it sounds like low-wattage PSMH Yardblasters have a short lamp life!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on September 29, 2016, 12:34:49 PM
The best MH's have deent life, but not so much for the "more affordable" lamps. HPS is consistently long lasting if good lamps are used - That is something like 10+ years for older lamps here


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 30, 2016, 04:56:50 PM
All outdoor wall packs.  Single phase, no flickering issues, we have a very nice and sound electrical grid out here so never have flicker issues, except when we have high demand such as every air conditioner unit in the building operating at the same time, which only happens during the daytime :) They are all low demand circuits, no more than 2 wall packs per circuit.  Parking lot lights are on a 3 phase circuit. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 30, 2016, 04:58:40 PM
Today I partially melted the head of my favorite Philips screw driver when I foolishly used it to try to push some wires further back in a wall box.  Quite a brief light show!  And it didn't trip the breaker either :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on September 30, 2016, 05:23:36 PM
By flicker i mean the 120Hz of any lamp on Magnetic ballast, or 60Hz (annoying when it happens in indoors highbay over your head !) when a MH starts to rectify


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on September 30, 2016, 08:34:09 PM
Today, I printed some of my lighting photos to have physical copies of.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 25, 2016, 12:22:16 AM
Last night and much of today I worked in 1 of 17 buildings, pulling out Sylvania F32T8 4100ks and replacing them with 5-8 year old vintage Sylvania F32T8 3000k.  I need the 4100ks for a building that doesn't reflect well with the 3000k.  Also I want to use up these 5-10 year old 3000ks.  I also converted about 10 fixtures from being on 24/7 to switch operation.  This building only needs 5 on 24/7 fixtures, not 20.  Not sure what the boneheads were smoking when they built the building. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on November 25, 2016, 06:21:29 PM
This morning, (in the frost)!, I fitted two 150watt TD halide floods above our vehicle jet washing station at work, then split a load of 400watt halide floods into two circuits, (from one), that had been pulled up on an electrical inspection!

Fitting a lighting column and feeder pillar next week for some more halide floods on our new compound.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 26, 2016, 12:25:11 AM
Today I finished the rest of the building converting over to 3000K from 4100K.  Well all that I wanted to get done. Now I have a bunch of 4100K tubes that have used up between 1/2 and 3/4 of their life :)  I'll stage them down at buildings closer to me so that I can run them to EoL and change em out myself. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: hannahs lights on December 05, 2016, 07:36:33 AM
Just yesterday I was at my sisters house and she was saying most of her Xmas lights didn't work so I sat there for an hour repairing them it was mostly changing out blown bulbs and checking plug wiring. I felt I've done a good thing for her


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on January 28, 2017, 01:20:57 AM
Replaced 4 dead T8 ballasts today in 2 church buildings, as well as a few EOL lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on January 31, 2017, 01:25:18 AM
Parking lot light light duty tonight for a few poles at one of the church buildings.  25 feet up in the air on an A-Frame ladder, struggling to unscrew the bulb out of the socket, and it won't budge.  Was afraid the bulb would shatter in my hands (had gloves on) but the cement gave out instead.  The screw base is stuck/welded into the socket.  Going to have to get a new socket.  GRRRRRRR.

150 Watt HPS Large base.  

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Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on January 31, 2017, 01:30:41 AM
On a side note- One of the parking lot bulbs I removed today at that same building was a 1998 vintage GE Lucalux (Say luca luca luca 10 times very fast) so it was likely put in the same time these fixtures were put in, back in 98.  The bulb was still burning, but rather dim.  Not too shabby. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 07, 2017, 12:32:07 AM
Today I replaced 3 crappy Universal Triad T8 ballasts that lasted maybe.. 10-12 years of very limited use, before they crapped out.  What a shame.  Before T8s came along, Universal made the best ballasts out there.  Electronic ballasts SUCK. 

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Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on February 07, 2017, 12:58:00 AM
Id like to see what failed inside


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 10, 2017, 09:15:51 PM
Today I gutted a 2003 era 175 Watt MH RAB Wall Pack and "upgraded" it to 150 Watt HPS.  New photocell as well. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: tolivac on February 11, 2017, 12:12:55 AM
I bought two Hi-Bay four bulb Metalux F54T5 lights from Lowes-Hooked them up-one of the few flourescent lights i like.Lowes display touted them as replacing 400W MH-Ran one of those lights next to a 400W MH light-and I don't think so-the MH wins!!!But like the new flourescent light anyway.Also bought 4 Sylvania LED lamps to replace some CFL bulbs in the bathroom!The 100W eq bulbs are MUCH better-will see how they do.So my last weekend did get some new lighting equipment.Got to feed my flashoholic needs!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 14, 2017, 08:33:06 PM
Today I went to our most remote church building to fix some minor things.  I also replaced an EoL cycling 100W HPS bulb in a wall pack, and also replaced about 5 EoL F32T12s with new ones.  Sylvania 4100k, Ecologic 3.  They are good tubes with a very nice white tone.  No dim starting unlike the Previous Gen Ecologic II- which were very poor and gave Sylvania fluorescents a bad rap from 2004ish until the Eco-3s came out in 2014/15.  The Eco-1s had no issues and were very reliable, I predict the Eco 3's will be just as good.  The Eco-3s also have filament guards too, something they had not had previously. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 14, 2017, 08:50:56 PM
Nothing today, but yesterday I prepared some listings for lights that is going to be put on eBay later.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on February 25, 2017, 10:20:45 AM
Today, I got a NEMA head bucket light, some photocontrols, a HPS lamp, and a mounting arm/pole.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 25, 2017, 08:08:09 PM
Went to a meetup of some local people into lights...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 26, 2017, 01:03:21 AM
Today I took out a bunch of 2012/13 era GE F32T8 3000ks and replaced them with 2004-2012 era Sylvania F32T8s 3000k.  I want to use up all the crappy Sylvanias from the 2004-2012 era fist.  The GEs have low hours on em and I will save em for use in other church buildings. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 25, 2017, 10:49:37 AM
Yesterday, picked up a few F15's at a store closing sale

Today (actually at it now) went to a meetup of local people into lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on March 25, 2017, 01:29:06 PM
Today, I picked up two 100 watt sylvania mercs H38AV-100/DX two 35 watt LU35/MED sylvania HPS lamps and one 35 watt hps ballast and igniter and I found an old GE DEK gold top projector 500 watt lamp..   


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on March 25, 2017, 03:33:44 PM
Today, I got a Philips green LED bulb. It looks like a greened out MV!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 30, 2017, 10:34:29 PM
Today I pulled out the ballast on a 400W MH flood fixture for a church steeple.  It made it about 18 years but is fried.  There is another fixture on the other side of the steeple, but it has a newer ballast in it so it has already been replaced, however it isn't doing too well.  I'm letting the head building mechanic determine if they want to pay the $400 each to replace these with LEDs or to go with 2 new ballasts and bulbs.  Personally I'd rather have the LEDs on this building only and I mean only because this roof has tiles on the top and a bunch of them break anytime we walk on there and they are a major PITA to replace.  The less we are on this roof the better.  The MH ballasts may be able to support 400W MV if I can still find MV lamps for 400 Watts.  I don't know.  Tough choice there.

Then I went over to another building and removed 2 400 Watt HPS ballasts that were in wall packs.  Both starters and capacitors were fried while the actual ballasts looked pretty good.  However- 400W was wayyyy to much overkill for this area, so I replaced the ballasts and bulbs to support 150W HPS along with a new photocell for 1 of them.  It was dusk when I finished and they lit up the area nicely.  Going to use the old 400W HPS ballasts as door stops since they are heavy enough. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on March 31, 2017, 08:10:11 AM
I am guilty of using ballasts as door stops too.  :P
Here are some good quality 400w mercury vapor lamps.
https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/6504/MV0400-69450.html


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 09, 2017, 09:59:10 PM
Today was my first RE store visit.  Just a little small shop inside the local Goodwill store here.  Not too bad.  Not much as far as lighting goes, some new and old complete incandescent fixtures that are priced way more than they are worth.  But got a good deal on 3 packs of these.  75 cents each.  They had some new LED dimable 60 watt bulbs for $1.75 each, but not interested, I've got enough LEDs for now. 

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Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on May 09, 2017, 10:12:09 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Today was my first RE store visit.  Just a little small shop inside the local Goodwill store here. 

Ahhh. That must be what I call the ReStore Closet...that tiny little thing in Highlands Ranch :lol: which compared to one of the real ReStore's it is basically like a little closet in size.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 10, 2017, 02:42:09 PM
That would be the one


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 13, 2017, 03:59:23 PM
Today in one of the church buildings I help look after (the one I go to) I took out the remaining 2008 era Philips 700 series F32T8 3000k in the chapel upper cove area (about 25 of em) that had not already gone EoL and replaced them with Sylvania 3000k 2005-2013 era.  The Philips were a bit too pink for me and it annoyed me when I sat in the Chapel on Sundays.  The stuff Sylvania uses in their 3000k and 4100k tubes are more.. pleasing when it comes to color tone.  Even compared to GE.  I'd rate color tone 1. Sylvania  2. GE  3. Philips. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on May 13, 2017, 04:46:16 PM
Lighting wise I dug a big hole in front of one of our yard lights at work, it needs a new run of cable putting in, as the existing one has developed an earth/neutral fault that trips the RCDs if connected.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on June 18, 2017, 04:40:21 PM
Yesterday (Saturday) I replaced 2 EoL HPS parking lot fixture bulbs.  I also replaced a bad 150W HPS parking lot ballast.  I had taken the original starter off of the ballast to replace a shot starter at another church building, and then took the starter off of a new 70W HPS ballast to put back on this 150W ballast, however - either it's the wrong type of starter, or there are issues with the capacitor or ballast, even though both are new- because when I energize the fixture, the bulb starts up very quickly instead of the normal warming up that a HPS does.  Add to that the bulb is super bright, brigher than a 150W bulb should be.  After about 10-15 seconds of running, it cuts out.  Then restarts after 45 seconds and repeats.  I tried another new 150W bulb, same results.  SO I pulled the bulb out for now.  New ballasts and starters are on order.  Will likely replace the entire ballast setup (it comes in a kit, so new ballast, starter, and capacitor) and will try to troubleshoot what is wrong with the new ballast setup I put in.  Everything is wired correctly, I double checked that.   Also replaced a 2007 era Sylvania F32T8, and 2 GE F32T8 bulbs at one church buildings.  Sylvania went out with a bang, (cracked end that is typical with that era of Sylvanias when they go EOL)  The GEs wimped out and became super dim/mercury starved. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: SeberHusky on June 19, 2017, 04:33:46 PM
I photographed some streetlights. An overgrown GE that looked like something out of Centralia, PA and some HPS lights at Wendys.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on June 24, 2017, 10:51:48 AM
I'm currently at a meetup of local people into lights...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on June 26, 2017, 11:08:34 AM
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on the lighting in my family's new lake house.  I have mostly gone through and replaced the CFL's with energy saving halogens that produce much nicer light. I installed proper outdoor floodlights and brought up some clip lamps with rough service light bulbs to illuminate the unfurnished rooms while we do other projects.  Today, I may choose some bulbs from my ReStore stash that will be good to use there. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 02, 2017, 11:38:08 PM
This past Friday I fixed a few parking lot lights (150W HPS). 

Pole 1- a couple of weeks ago initially had a starter that had given up the ghost after 15 years or so.  However- not having any extra starters laying around I threw in a new ballast kit.  My church gets em from Sylvania/Osram/whatever its called now for a decent price and with not knowing what kind of condition the original capacitor was in, it made sense.  Well after the install of the new kit plus a new Sylvania 150 HPS bulb, I fired up the parking lot light circuit.  The lamp started up VERY quick full brightness within 8 seconds) and then got brighter, and brighter.  The thermo overload/overtemp protection kicked in and killed the light, then it cycled back after about 30 seconds.  I quickly went to pull the tape from off of the photo cell to kill the circuit.  Thinking I may have had a bad bulb, I put another new one in, with the same results.  By then I was very tired and sun burning and decided to give up for now, so I pulled the bulb out of the socket and closed up, planning to come back with a new ballast.  Fast forward to Friday and I came back with the new ballast kit (this one from Advance/Philips) When I pulled the Osram ballast out that I had put in 2 weeks ago, a very unpleasant smell and mess was there to greet me.  See photo below.  I fried the sucker, good.  I put in the new ballast kit, but with the same results with the supercharged lamp.  It was then that it struck me that perhaps I was not wiring in the correct voltage lead from the ballast.  I was doing the 120v which most of my church buildings use for the parking lot.  I dragged the ladder over to another post and got up there to verify and sure enough, the parking lot circuit is running on 208V, not 120.  Back to the broken post and re-wired it for 208V and everything worked beautifully.  So.  I fried the Osram ballast by wiring it up to 120v instead of 208.  Oops.  I'll be more mindful in the future.   But for now, everything smells like burnt ballast and tar.  Yuck. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on July 03, 2017, 12:05:20 PM
I was lucky enough to find two boxes of GE 70 soft white Miser bulbs on eBay.  I bought them today and I'm looking forward to uploading them in my gallery in a few days.  I've seen lots of 55 and 95 watt Misers in my life, but the 70 watt ones are really rare  ;)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on July 07, 2017, 08:18:56 PM
Switched on some lights. :P

All I did today lighting wise was clean all the fixtures around the house from dust, with a slightly damp cloth. I also cleared the cobwebs that developed around the outdoor fixtures and the photocell.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on July 07, 2017, 09:34:33 PM
ditto, the rent cheque from the insects bounced so I evicted them all from all the outdoor fixtures..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on July 07, 2017, 09:50:31 PM
Yep, time to evict the freeloading pests! I had a number of spiders make residence inside the HPS bulkhead that were cooked by the lamp. The culprit was the rubber seal entering the bulkhead was a bit too large for the cabling so I used a small amount of silicone sealant as well to fill the gap.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 14, 2017, 10:42:52 PM
Yesterday and today, I replaced 6 bad F32T12 (2 lamp)  Universal/Triad instant start ballasts that made it to about 10 years old.  New OSRAM F32T8 2-lamp ballasts.  Sylvania name is no longer on the ballasts it's now Osram.  Hmmm.  I also indulged my ADHD a bit and did a partial re-lamp of one of my churches basketball courts.  ANother building mechanic started throwing in F32T8 4100k lamps when they replaced burned out 3000k lamps and bad ballasts.  I did not like the mixture of colors in there.  In this instance, the 3000k looks much better in this setting, as the 3000k color reflects well with the color of the basketball floor and the color tone of the walls.  4100k just made it look.. eh.  yucky. 
I am using the 4100k lamps in the sunday school classrooms and other rooms around the church where the color tone of those room support the white color better.  It looks quite nice.  This is what it sorta looks like.  not the exact thing I did, but looks like it.



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on July 18, 2017, 03:25:02 PM
Fluorescent lamp above my living room window went EOL today. It was old GE 36w 35. It was quite rapid eol, the lamp showed sign of closing eol only few hours before it started flashing. Replaced it with philips tld eco 32w 840.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on July 18, 2017, 07:11:01 PM
Well today, I sent HomeBrewLamps some thing to annoy the entire neighborhood with a 1000 watt HPS Ballast he's got the lamp already so they  should be able to sleep in darkness for about another week..

Other then that I'm in the process of cleaning out two mini gumdrop fixtures I found at an auction on the weekend and figuring out if I leave them as a MV or swap them out and run LPS, since they didn't come with a ballast the only thing that would get changed is the socket, does anyone know if the original sockets ever had porcelain around the shell of the socket in the vintage mini gum drops because these ones look to clean to be broken off..       


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on July 19, 2017, 10:18:37 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
But for now, everything smells like burnt ballast and tar.  Yuck. 
Yep yuck. nasty smelling stuff.

Oh and the building back in that pic looks familiar...I think I've been by that place at some point. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 22, 2017, 03:10:46 PM
Yep yuck. nasty smelling stuff.

Oh and the building back in that pic looks familiar...I think I've been by that place at some point. 

There are about 8 of those designs in the metro area.  I work on 2 of em. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 22, 2017, 03:13:45 PM
Changed out some bad ballasts.  One did this to 2 year old tubes. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on August 07, 2017, 05:36:02 PM
Emailed the CEO of Philips, after getting no reply from their customer service in months about low pressure sodium lights, and there absence of information on anything historical that is made by Philips or Advance, I wonder what customer services reply will be like this time around, since I CC'd them in the email ? 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on August 08, 2017, 02:02:04 AM
Speaking of SOX, I sat in my car at sunset and watched the nearby SOX street lights turn on and warm up. ;)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 08, 2017, 06:45:12 PM
Quote from: Mercurylamps
Speaking of SOX, I sat in my car at sunset and watched the nearby SOX street lights turn on and warm up. ;)
That would be a really cool sight :)
SOX has the best startup on any light!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on August 09, 2017, 04:15:14 AM
That would be a really cool sight :)
SOX has the best startup on any light!

Oh yes, I love how they glow a bright neon red, and they gradually turn amber colour starting at the electrode end first. A beautiful sight is seeing orange SOX against a fading sky as well. 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 09, 2017, 08:44:58 PM
Quote from: Mercurylamps
Oh yes, I love how they glow a bright neon red, and they gradually turn amber colour starting at the electrode end first. A beautiful sight is seeing orange SOX against a fading sky as well. 8)
Yep its those colors/changes at startup that make them soo cool :)
Can't say on seeing them startup as the sunset fades out, since I've never seen it(only SOX I've watched fire up is the 1 fixture I own), but I imagine that would look awesome!


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Today lighting wize:
I replaced a ballast in my fishtank light...It'd gone up in smoke last weekend. :o cracked it open afterwards...whatever the little part was that fried, certainly was well done...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on August 09, 2017, 08:57:02 PM
Yep its those colors/changes at startup that make them soo cool :)
Can't say on seeing them startup as the sunset fades out, since I've never seen it(only SOX I've watched fire up is the 1 fixture I own), but I imagine that would look awesome!


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Today lighting wize:
I replaced a ballast in my fishtank light...It'd gone up in smoke last weekend. :o cracked it open afterwards...whatever the little part was that fried, certainly was well done...

Yep with SOX the Sun goes down and comes up minutes later and lasts all night long, and I'm sure the fish are happy the only thing you fried is the ballast..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 10, 2017, 06:57:08 PM
Quote from: Lodge
Yep with SOX the Sun goes down and comes up minutes later and lasts all night long,
If the lights were timed just right, you could get a great pic with sunset & lamp startup ... matching colors on both  :)


Quote
and I'm sure the fish are happy the only thing you fried is the ballast..
Yep!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on August 12, 2017, 05:32:58 AM
Yep its those colors/changes at startup that make them soo cool :)
Can't say on seeing them startup as the sunset fades out, since I've never seen it(only SOX I've watched fire up is the 1 fixture I own), but I imagine that would look awesome!


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Today lighting wize:
I replaced a ballast in my fishtank light...It'd gone up in smoke last weekend. :o cracked it open afterwards...whatever the little part was that fried, certainly was well done...

I do a fair amount of driving at night time and not only is the colour of SOX cool, but I also feel it is easier on the eyes. One awesome thing I love to do is park my current car (Subaru Outback) under a SOX street lamp and open the sunroof so I can see it switch on and warm up directly underneath. It looks so awesome. ;D

Hmm today lighting wise I changed over some light bulbs at my sisters place since she felt the lights were too dull. Half of the CFLs in use at her house was dull and aged.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on August 16, 2017, 08:53:44 PM
Today, I tried a lampshade clip on an A21 incandescent bulb to make sure it fit and didn't crush the glass.  It worked perfectly  :)  I'm working on a rustic wilderness-styled lamp for my lake house bedroom and the lamp doesn't have a harp, so I am using a shade clip with the shade and the A21 light bulb.  


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on August 22, 2017, 08:35:17 AM
I replaced the power cord on the 1000W flood i built so it no longer gets luke warm when i turn it on


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 25, 2017, 11:57:56 PM
Yesterday I replaced about 20 EoL of these things which are really only re-badged Philips.  They only made it about 3 or 4 years, out of the 100+ that were installed.  HA!  I told the facilities group not to get ripped off by getting these and instead just purchase the Philips brand and save a lot of $$$ but did they listen to me?  Noooooo. 
(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.superiorlampinc.com%2Fproduct_line%2Fimages%2FSLFluorescentSplash.png&hash=10b2380085480ead75311cffd74f6fbb)

I also replaced a bunch of 4 year old EoL or near EoL Sylvania F32T8 4100k. 

Today.. I swapped out about 24 F32T8 3000K for 4100K tubes.  More color appropriate for the room they were in.   Blue carpet, white walls, and what not.  Looks better. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on August 26, 2017, 08:52:57 PM
Well I seen Owen was making power cords so I did that today, with 10/4 SOOW cord with 1 L14-30 plug (120-240 @ 30 amps) twistlock, going into 4 X Nema 5-20r (120 volt @ 20 amps) plugs for my generator, so I can still have lights when the power goes out..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: tolivac on August 26, 2017, 11:05:00 PM
Ordered some CMH 315W PGZ18 315W grow lights from Growers Supply-LOVE THESE THINGS-Very nice warm white color.The ballasts are an electronic LF square wave.They have a 5 position "dimmer" switch.It does work.For best results in using the dimmer-let the bulb run for 10 min after turn on-then the dim works well.The PGZ18 lamps come in two wattages-210,315W They are two diffrent envelopes-one for enclosed fixtures-a T9 outer bulb over the ceramic arc tube.The open rated lamps have an additional T12 glass bulb over the inner T9 one-two layers of glass between the arc tube.When you first start the lights-the inner arc tube floureces a light blue color.Wether you grow plants or not-these make good lights.Philips introduced these lamps-the ones that came with the fixtures are in unmarked white boxes.Also the 315W lamps come in 3100K(the ones I have) or 4K colors.They can be run in any position.I may order some Philips lamps at a future time.When I ordered-I asked for a spare bulb for each light-they gave me two additional bulbs!These lights have been touted to even replace LED grow lights and 1 Kw HPS ones.The data suggests the lamps can last from 15-20K hrs with less than 80% light reduction.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 10, 2017, 10:23:31 PM
I stuck a 2xF96 slimline fixture on the garage wall...didn't connect or even put the channel covers on since I'm not sure where they are. But it was just sitting around unused in the way anyway (and will eventually be connected up/put together)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 07, 2017, 04:57:36 PM
Yesterday I re-lamped about 60 or so F40T12s and changed out 4 bad tar burners. (ballasts) 1973 vintage.  Thankfully none of them spewed out the tar when they failed, a few just dripped it out.   There will be many more of the same vintage ballasts in the gym that I took these out of that will be going out over the next few years.  We were going to convert the fixtures over to T8 but I'm having some luck in talking them out of converting them and just replacing the fixtures a few are all scared up from spewing failing ballasts, some from rust from water leaks over the years, and others the paint just flaking off of the fixtures.  it's going to be a few more years most likely before we replace em though so I am happy to have some fixtures that still use T12 bulbs as I have a lot of them I need to use up in storage.   





Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on October 07, 2017, 05:21:48 PM
Today I replaced an AEL 115 with a PSMH yardblaster, just as a little experiment.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on October 08, 2017, 06:57:45 PM
upgraded my room lamp, now it is much more balanced.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 09, 2017, 07:22:50 PM
Not today, but on the weekend...
I broke out the xmas lights and started putting up .lol.
 (and no they're not 'on' .. and won't be til thanksgiving)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on October 12, 2017, 07:32:18 PM
Building a chandelier for stagecraft... using stupid cheapo chinese LED lamps that are not filaments but thats what the supervisor wanted because "no heat" pfft... i want to use omni directional light sources not this bullsh*t, but ohwell... it'll prob still turn out nice, building it with a friend, shes gonna spray paint it and put of beads and I'm doing the wiring and some of the drilling


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on October 17, 2017, 08:38:32 PM
I finished another whiskey bottle lamp for a friend's birthday present. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: tolivac on October 17, 2017, 11:16:00 PM
Just received a 630W dual lamp(315W) CMH light-love this thing!Great warm color!Normally used as a plant light.Like it for gen lighting.Has an electronic 120V/240V primary voltage ballst-sec is 100V 6A-3 A per lamp.The lamps have polarized bipin twist lock base.PGZ-18.Now have a great liking for CMH lights.Good,constant color and light output.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 25, 2017, 08:57:58 PM
Connected up my Halloween lights this afternoon/evening
(did some sequencing (programing) for them yesterday)
All ready to go now :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 28, 2017, 10:47:28 AM
I'm posting this while at a meetup of local people into lights...
.lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 28, 2017, 06:21:49 PM
Once my hearing improves, maybe one of these days I'll join the gang. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on October 28, 2017, 10:51:17 PM
modified my lights once more, refined my room light and replaced a reflector on my 70W flood.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 29, 2017, 09:06:59 AM
Nothing so far, but later I'll probably start making a display board for my 60W SO/H lamp.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 29, 2017, 09:16:10 AM
After the above mentioned meetup, I went to an auction - not light or electrical related - but I did pick up a few fluorescent lamps there.

@RyanF40T12:
If you like Christmas lights/decorating at all, the guys there have some really cool stuff! Its usually a fairly small group, feel free to attend (anyone is welcome, there is no "offical" group or signing-up/costs/etc).
There'll be another meetup in January (probably the last weekend of it)...If you want I can send you details sometime around mid-Jan.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 29, 2017, 09:17:55 PM
Sounds good. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: funkybulb on October 29, 2017, 10:02:46 PM
Me just took my 8 foot pop pack out of service today
LP30/28and LP40 comming down next


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 01, 2017, 07:23:40 PM
replaced 1 dual circuline fixture with a bad ballast with a new fixture.  (Dual = 1 22 Watt & 1 32 watt circuline bulb in the fixture)  and swapped out another larger circuline fixture (1 32 watt circuline bulb and 1 40 watt circuline bulb) that had a bad ballast.  These things suck.  Very poor light output.  Not a fan of circuline fixtures. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 21, 2017, 09:01:21 PM
Today I swapped out an old 175W MH wallpack ballast for a 150W HPS ballast with new bulb at one church building. 

At that same building, I got up on the manlift and changed out 3 fried 40 year old GE Bonusline tar burner F40T12 ballasts.   Thankfully these didn't spew out any of the tar but they got SUPER hot.  melted wiring in half.  Damaged a fixture.  Will go back later this week and paint the fixture up. 

 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on November 21, 2017, 11:21:55 PM
^That's quite a fixture..and that ballast is quite well fried :o
Wouldn't have wanted to be around when that thing went out...burnt ballast is nasty smelling stuff.


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For me today, same thing as yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that, and...
Put up some Xmas lights, & did some sequencing/programming for the lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 22, 2017, 07:55:42 PM
Today I painted the fixture.  All done.   
Also converted another wall pack over to 150 HPS from 175W MH.  Just 1 more wall pack to go. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on November 22, 2017, 10:10:26 PM
Today I painted the fixture.  All done.   
Also converted another wall pack over to 150 HPS from 175W MH.  Just 1 more wall pack to go. 


I mean i like HPS don't get me wrong... but considering the rest of the world likes color rendering why are you converting MH to HPS?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 23, 2017, 07:55:36 AM
After 15 years, the MH ballasts were fried for the most part and I was tired of the MH bulbs having to be replaced once a year.  This building is in a residential area and has brown brick so it actually looks better with the HPS color vs MH. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on November 23, 2017, 08:22:50 AM
11w PL lamp in my cooker hood went eol today. It had done some good hours since I usually left it on over night. Gives enought light for me to wander to toilet in night time. Replaced it with 840 colour Osram.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on November 24, 2017, 11:38:52 AM
Today I started making another 22w Circline fixture, with a magnetic ballast.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on November 24, 2017, 05:08:53 PM
Not directly lighting related, but I was out back of a building having a coffee and something went really wrong in the building behind us and the pole mounted transformers explosive high voltage fuses decided is was time to blow, I've always heard they are loud when they go, I didn't realize just how loud they are and the bright flash of light and a huge puff of brown smoke, and a dark building.. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sol on November 24, 2017, 07:00:46 PM
Yes, like a gunshot. I've had it happen here once but I didn't see it happen. It was my neigbour's transformer but it blew the one at the street as well so I lost power. There is a small feeder going up here as I live about 250 feet from the street and there are two houses behind mine. In any case, it's a noise you don't readily forget...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wattMaster on November 24, 2017, 07:09:18 PM
Today, I installed a new "fixture" (ceramic lampholder with junction box) in my grandma's basement to give her more light.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on November 24, 2017, 07:53:21 PM
Built a new light http://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-139598


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 28, 2017, 12:01:20 AM
Today, I replaced 1 26 Watt CFL Ballast and 1 32 watt CFL ballast.  Both electronic and both about.. 11 years old.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on November 28, 2017, 03:37:05 PM
Not today but on Sunday I finished the 22w Circline fixture I previously mentioned.
http://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=3448&pos=0&pid=139696


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 28, 2017, 11:53:59 PM
Today I replaced another bad 26W CFL ballast.  Well actually, I pulled the ballast and CFL tubes out and replaced it all with a standard socket and screwed in a 52 watt Sylvania incandescent bulb :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on December 02, 2017, 04:52:31 PM
I installed a Lutron dimmer for my parents to control the can lights in the kitchen.  We used to have two of the three BR30 bulbs loosened because it was too bright with all three 45 watt lights on at the same time.  Now we can run all three lights and adjust the brightness.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 02, 2017, 06:22:21 PM
Well it will be today, because it's past midnight.

The plan is to go through the books I have and put a lot of them to go to a charity shop and start putting the lamps on the shelves instead.  8) :a_sbmv: :a_mh: :a_son-t: :a_son-e: :a_sox: :a_inc:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 03, 2017, 04:19:24 PM
Well it will be today, because it's past midnight.

The plan is to go through the books I have and put a lot of them to go to a charity shop and start putting the lamps on the shelves instead.  8) :a_sbmv: :a_mh: :a_son-t: :a_son-e: :a_sox: :a_inc:

We never got round to sorting out the lamps, I helped Ria with her test box project.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 03, 2017, 04:33:29 PM
We never got round to sorting out the lamps, I helped Ria with her test box project.

Ria at the moment is having fun testing all of the lamps on her new test box, and so far there have only been  one or two that haven't stood the house move a couple of years ago.

I should say all of the incandescent lamps, to distinguish from the discharge ones.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on December 03, 2017, 06:20:25 PM
I went out tday and scouted locations for Abandoned Lights, found a few Fluorescent fixtures waiting for new homes.. also found some Neon Indicator lamps and An Inwall TImerswitch....


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on December 03, 2017, 08:37:26 PM
We never got round to sorting out the lamps, I helped Ria with her test box project.
You did  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 03, 2017, 08:47:00 PM
Put up some xmas lights (outside).. should be done with it now :)
But there's still some stuff to do inside .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: takemorepills on December 03, 2017, 11:04:06 PM
I am a small scale manufacturer of LED lighting for a West Coast manufacturer company, and today I was binning the loose LEDs with my vintage GE F40T12BLB illuminating the LED phosphor, you can easily BIN an LED this way.

Tried to put Christmas lights inside a window, but the tape wasn't cooperating, gave up.

Put some lighted Christmas wreaths outside.

Tried to come up with a plan to fix some failed under cabinet lighting.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 03, 2017, 11:42:18 PM
Quote from: takemorepills
today I was binning the loose LEDs with my vintage GE F40T12BLB illuminating the LED phosphor,
Never thought of using a BLB to sort LEDs .lol. (hadn't ever tested to see if they would glow)
I did notice they glowed under the light of an Actinic-03 though...just by chance


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 04, 2017, 12:59:16 AM
One of the PL type CFL can lights at one of my church buildings had gone out.  Turns out the ballast was fried.  not too bad, 20 year old electronic ballast, it made it longer than most CFL ballasts do these days.  But the problem I ran into is that this is a 2-pin 18W PL-CFL, and only 2 wires going from the PL socket to the ballast.  A black wire and a white wire.  Usually they would be a Red and a Blue on modern day CFL setups.  The new ballast (Philips/Advance) accepts 2 Red, 2 Blue, and 2 Yellow and tells you how to wire it up for 2 CFL lamps or 1 CFL lamp.  But this old style PL CFL was designed to be wired differently.  I tried multiple combinations, but no luck.  Verified the lamp and the ballast were good on another fixture.  So instead of trying to track down the old style of ballast, I'm just going to put in a regular edison socket and screw in a CFL or LED 60W equivalent :)  I seem to be doing this more and more for these stupid can CFL lights.  most of the time, the ballast and wiring is inaccessible anyway and you get your hand cut up big time trying to feel around in the ceiling when you pull the can down.  Bah humbug. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 06, 2017, 04:41:55 AM
Tonight I started on a re-lamping project for one of my church buildings.  it's one of the few left that still has some T-12s.  the area I am working in is a gym with a half sized basketball court and it is still T-12 fixtures and ballasts original to when the building was built in 1989.  They have the Advance Mark-3 Ballasts. Also, there are 6 fixtures that have an emergency battery pack, 1989 era, NICAD.  Believe it or not, most still work, although very very dim.  Essentially the battery consists of 3 D sized batteries linked together.  I'm changing the battery packs out as well.  Each fixture has 4 T-12 lamps, with 2-2 lamp ballasts.  Existing tubes are 8-10 year old Sylvania Ecologic 4100k.  3 ballasts have failed which also took the lamps with them, otherwise none of the others have made it to EoL yet.  Replacing with new in the box Sylvania 3000K warm white tubes that have been taking of space in one of our sheds.  We've had them in the shed for about 4-6 years now so I want to get them used up as this building will eventually be fully converted to T8, or LED, hopefully not until the new tubes I am putting in now go EoL in 10 years.  Got 1 out of 3 sections done today, lots of dusting and cleaning to do with the fixtures as well, takes about 3-4 hours per section.   GE F40T12s were initially put in when the building was built and those extra long tubes cracked a good number of sockets/tombstones when they were relamped back around 1997/1998 so not too happy about that. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 09, 2017, 03:39:05 AM
Today I gutted 3 more fixtures that were running dual 35W HPS where the starters were fried.  The fixtures now run CFL & LED.  MUCH better light quality for the area they are in.  I also replaced an EoL 35W HPS bulb at the other building.  It saw some good use.  Original to the building so about 17 years old I'm guessing.  it "chromed" coated on the inside when it went EoL and arc tube is nice and fried.  



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 09, 2017, 09:12:35 AM
That is one well fried HPS lamp .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on December 09, 2017, 09:22:43 AM
17 years ago the ones who installed the original lighting could use PL if they thought White light is required. Apparently, they didnt - Its just your preference


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on December 09, 2017, 01:43:25 PM
Been sorting out my mess of parts, gear and bulbs.... using the 400W HPS as a worklight...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Ash on December 09, 2017, 02:30:02 PM
I rarely sort my mess... But a while back i rewired the electrics of a trailer's tail lights (the lights and the plug that connects to the car) under the ligth of 150W SON-T Super in a Gaash 9500 floodlight. Wire colors and everything


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on December 09, 2017, 02:53:40 PM
I rarely sort my mess... But a while back i rewired the electrics of a trailer's tail lights (the lights and the plug that connects to the car) under the ligth of 150W SON-T Super in a Gaash 9500 floodlight. Wire colors and everything
same here... but my mother said i should clean up my room a bit , and i had nothing better to do so i just sorted out that mess a bit... my dog seems to like the HPS light, so does the cat....


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 09, 2017, 11:37:42 PM
17 years ago the ones who installed the original lighting could use PL if they thought White light is required. Apparently, they didnt - Its just your preference

17 years ago they did install PL- in some of the rooms inside the building.  Which I am also slowly converting over to incandescent/CFL/LED screw-in bulbs as the ballasts go kablooey. :)  17 years ago energy efficiency was using low wattage HPS on the outside.  But times have changed!  I'll get you some photos to compare.  there are still 2 entrance ways on the outside of this building that run the 35W HPS.  At least until those ballasts/starters go kablooey, which is likely to happen soon given how the others have already gone out.  Also- the wall fixtures are really crappy design in my opinion, if they were a good style wall pack/fixture that distributed the light better, I would have no issue leaving them HPS and getting the gear to replace the failed HPS stuff.  But budgets are tight right now so we have to make do with ol RyGuy conversions. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 30, 2017, 03:57:40 AM
Today I changed out a few EoL F32T8s and a F32T8 ballast.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on December 30, 2017, 07:30:23 AM
i took a picture of this zoo med fixture and found out these two light are different color temps when they both say "2700K"
It's on my LED Filament/Incandescent album


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 12, 2018, 08:26:55 PM
Quote from: xmaslightguy
@RyanF40T12:
If you like Christmas lights/decorating at all, the guys there have some really cool stuff! Its usually a fairly small group, feel free to attend (anyone is welcome, there is no "offical" group or signing-up/costs/etc).
There'll be another meetup in January (probably the last weekend of it)...If you want I can send you details sometime around mid-Jan.
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Sounds good.
Should be Jan 27, but I'll let you know forsure once they post info on it.

----------
As for me today.
Hung up a 2xF96T8 fixture (only 1 lamp in it though, and as a temporary/test thing). not sure if I prefer it or the group of small LED things better.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 13, 2018, 01:28:26 PM
We struck up our 'Lamp of the Day' which is a B22d-3 80W MBF/U that was my first contribution towards our collection of lamps.  8) 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 13, 2018, 01:35:34 PM
Bought a dual-wattage 80/125W MV ballast to build into a box to power either an 80W or 125W MB(F)/U lamp.

Thanks to Colin for the heads up ;D

(https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIxN1g5NDQ=/z/H1MAAOSwvD5Z9kFZ/$_12.JPG)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 18, 2018, 10:31:57 PM
Interesting ballast MissRiaElaine!

Should also power a 8' 125w fluorescent? right?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 19, 2018, 06:21:02 AM

Interesting ballast MissRiaElaine!

Should also power a 8' 125w fluorescent? right?
I assume so, given that the original British tubes were designed to run from mercury ballasts.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on January 21, 2018, 11:32:01 AM
Pulled an HBL on my bike headlight because the reflector I modified into a light decided it was gonna die..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 27, 2018, 07:46:41 PM
Went to a Christmas-lights meetup...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 27, 2018, 07:48:04 PM
Lit our Beta 5 lantern with a lovely 35W SOX lamp in it for most of the evening.  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 27, 2018, 07:55:56 PM
Also the ReStore had a 25% off everything sale today .. went to check out what lights they had .. came home with the same amount I went there with (in other words nothing .lol. )


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on January 27, 2018, 09:50:29 PM
I replaced the incadescent dashboard lights in my car with LED. Just the turn signals and high beam were incadescent while the rest is built in LED from the factory. Unfortunately I didn't have green LEDs to replace the turn signal bulbs, only white LEDs. The high beam is a blue one however and has a nice, vibrant, saturated blue colour when on.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on January 28, 2018, 05:42:01 AM
Not today but yesterday evening, I tried various GLS wattages in my Coughtrie BB.15 bulkhead.
The max wattage for the BB.15 is 150w, I normally use 60w, but I tried a clear 100w, and it appeared much brighter.
After that I tried a 150w pearl lamp, which was hugely bright compared to the usual 60w, but it got hot too!
I normally use 60w, as its mounted fairly low down, and doesn't have to light up a massive area, as there is a 10/13w PL-C bulkhead a few meters away.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 28, 2018, 03:27:42 PM
Today, our "Lamp of the day" is my 45W Cryselco SOI/H lamp (http://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0&pid=141999) which I rescued from a "Keep Left" bollard in the late 60's. It was my very first sodium lamp, and it still works well, although the light output is noticeably less than newer lamps..!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on January 29, 2018, 06:53:14 PM
I was in one of my abandoned buildings today, decided "Hey why not grab a fluro tube" So I searched around the building for a fixture with a tube that was not blackend, and happend upon one, It looked completely brand new, So I snagged it and biked home with it only to find out I hauled home a dud.... neither cathode had continuity ... My assumption is that it lost lost vacuum and when the building was active and they switched the light on, the cathodes oxidized and the lamp died, and they never replaced it because they assumed that the fixture itself was bad... so the tube remained there....


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on February 04, 2018, 08:44:29 PM
I replaced the bulbs in the garage door motors at my parents’ house. I put a Philips 72 watt halogen in both (2 garage doors) to stay below the 75 watt maximum limit. At 1120 lumens, these are basically 75 watt incandescents. I tried a GE LED, but the ballast was too wide and would not screw in far enough to make contact and light. These Twice the Life Philips bulbs should last a good long time  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 08, 2018, 08:42:21 PM
Today I replaced 4 bad Universal Triad F32T8x2 ballasts that served well for about 12 years.  Replaced with Osram F32T8x2 ballasts.  I also replaced a few F32T8 EoL tubes in the same area. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 14, 2018, 12:20:40 AM
Starting to Reformat my HID galleries, Since how I originally had them is a somewhat disorganized mess.. It was starting to get on my nerves, I've cleaned My album "Mercury Vapour" up a bit tonight, I may continue tomorrow after homework... then I will move onto the "High Pressure Sodium" album.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 14, 2018, 10:55:30 PM
Today I went to Hobby Lobby with my dear sweet old widowed mother and was more interested in the F32T8 lighting than I was all the stuff in the store.  This store used to be part of a Wal-Mart that moved to a new location long ago.  It has a TON of 2-bulb F32T8 fixtures, all with GE Starcoat 3500k tubes.  many were mercury starved and a good number had faulty ballasts.  Only a handful were EoL. 
Glad I don't service this building.  Uggh. 

 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 16, 2018, 07:41:10 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Today I went to Hobby Lobby with my dear sweet old widowed mother and was more interested in the F32T8 lighting
Is that the Hobby Lobby  @ County-Line & Quebec?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 18, 2018, 01:32:58 PM
Is that the Hobby Lobby  @ County-Line & Quebec?

That's the one.  It will soon be moving up and across the street to where Sports Authority use to be. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 18, 2018, 11:37:19 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
That's the one.  It will soon be moving up and across the street to where Sports Authority use to be. 
I thought I recognized it from the pic...especially that particular ceiling full of lights!

Didn't know it was moving, but I also haven't been in there since the beginning of January.
I was in that Sports Authority sometime right around its final days. Even have a pic of the streetlights from its parkinglot .lol. (believe thats on GOL though, not here)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 21, 2018, 07:26:16 PM
Bought this bulb (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Westinghouse-Mercury-Vapor-Lamp-Bulb-175-watt-H39KC-175-Coated-Dome-Vintage/323082680220?hash=item4b393a779c:g:xGkAAOSw~4tafln~)!! Gonna put it in service in my parents security light... replace the chinese junk up there... Hopefully it has a good long life up there, I will be sure to light er up and take photos on ground level before I put it up in the fixture for hopefully good. Reason I bought it is because I got my bank statement in... and I got a good amount of cash left... certainly not enough to spend on much... but $16.50 won't do too much harm. They may not appreciate my hobby much! but they'll thank me later when they don't have to climb their old asses up that radio tower to change a lightbulb Lmaooo.


Fingers crossed that it arrives intact....


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lodge on February 21, 2018, 07:32:54 PM
Owen you know they won't climb up the radio tower, they will just end up calling you later in life, and you also know you will enjoy it ..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 21, 2018, 07:42:14 PM
Owen you know they won't climb up the radio tower, they will just end up calling you later in life, and you also know you will enjoy it ..

Probably honestly.... But the thought is still funny! and yeah I likely would enjoy it!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on February 22, 2018, 12:47:06 AM
Not today but yesterday evening, I tried various GLS wattages in my Coughtrie BB.15 bulkhead.
The max wattage for the BB.15 is 150w, I normally use 60w, but I tried a clear 100w, and it appeared much brighter.
After that I tried a 150w pearl lamp, which was hugely bright compared to the usual 60w, but it got hot too!
I normally use 60w, as its mounted fairly low down, and doesn't have to light up a massive area, as there is a 10/13w PL-C bulkhead a few meters away.

The 60w pearl GLS lamp went EOL the other day, having done about 1 year and 2 months use, so I replaced it with another 60w GLS, but in clear.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mercurylamps on February 22, 2018, 01:16:34 AM
I was setting up the ceiling fans so that I can install them throughout my house soon. I'm fitting LED lamps in them.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 23, 2018, 11:10:14 PM
Starting to up update my Incandescent album this includes replacing old low quality files and updating descriptions to formatting I currently use, Also will probably sweep back through the Mercury album eventually and try ot take less yellow pictures... kindof my trademark at this point the yellow is...  ;D

Here are the files I replaced/updated so far:
GENERAL ELECTRIC 6000LM 120V 405W GROUP REPLACEMENT (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-135810)
GENERAL ELECTRIC SPOTLIGHT 1500W 120V BASE DOWN TO HORIZ. (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4651&pos=63&pid=135809)
PHILIPS 130V 300W MEXICO EXTEND. SERV. (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4651&pos=65&pid=135748)
KEN-RAD 300W 120V (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4651&pos=4&pid=142235)
PHILIPS 200W 130V CHINA (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4651&pos=59&pid=136053)

You can distinguish the new and remaining old files quite easily.. Some of the old files will remain because the lamps they depicted ceased to be   :( , or the images may look cool and I wont delete them, alot will be swapped out though.

Do ya'll think this is better compared to the older images?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 24, 2018, 12:39:09 PM
I am at a meetup of Christmas-light guys...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on February 24, 2018, 03:45:38 PM
Lit up some 65w T12's, and some 36w T8's.  :a_fluor:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 24, 2018, 07:24:07 PM
I have received the westinghouse lifeguard! and it is in one piece, I've lit it up and all that, will be sure to post pics soon... got other stuff I did today.. processing images and posting to Facebook and here.. so will be a bit probably... I've saved a nice portable 400W HPS ballast from another junkyard... It has a toasted ballast in it... but I'm probably going to convert it to metal halide... ALso got a bunch of other lamp partz.... GOod day... also discovered three more abandoned structures.... nothing much lighting related of interest but I just have a good sized list of buildings to mess around in...


That lifeguard is brighter than a brand new sylvania chinese which I also have... Not sure if thats quality or perception.... I will be sure to get it up in the security light, I'm just going to wait for a day when I can come home from school and not have them be homee, So i can avoid questions, cause they'd be likely to say no just because they don't understand. and I done feel like explaining myself either.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 25, 2018, 02:47:11 PM
Got the bulb up there earlier than expected.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on February 25, 2018, 04:58:12 PM
had one of the electrical phase lines go out to one of my church buildings, it was flickering/arcing out in the street box and causing all kinds of havoc inside the building.  Blew out a HVAC blower motor, and also 1 circuit of fluorescent lighting fixtures in the gym.  None of the breakers tripped. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 25, 2018, 05:06:45 PM
had one of the electrical phase lines go out to one of my church buildings, it was flickering/arcing out in the street box and causing all kinds of havoc inside the building.  Blew out a HVAC blower motor, and also 1 circuit of fluorescent lighting fixtures in the gym.  None of the breakers tripped. 
lol sounds like chaos.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on February 26, 2018, 02:59:21 PM
1. I unfortunately installed 15 LED streetlight replacing a 150W HPS

But I sneaked 2 fixtures hopefully they won't notice But I got good money out of it

2. Relating to the first one a bit one guy did not like his LED yard light so I changed it to HPS


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 26, 2018, 10:53:38 PM
At home I have a 2xF96 light that's got one of those emergency/backup ballasts (lights 1 of the lamps)... the thing has been buzzing, part time (randomly for parts of days, sometimes would go for a week being quiet) for months now. The past few days its gotten worse (allot more & louder - think like a very annoying loud old fluorescent ballast, but ofcourse the light is off). I finally had enough and disconnected the damn thing .lol. now there's a fixture with no lamps & a missing channel cover (where it is you can't see it unless you look for it, so) its gonna stay that way til I feel like dealing with it...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on February 27, 2018, 12:11:57 PM
Over the weekend, I transferred my permanent collection of incandescent light bulbs to a larger box, so that I will have room for a 4-pack of 55 watt GE Miser's I have on the way in the mail this week.  I'll keep my general use incandescents in smaller and easy to access boxes, and I might end up sorting them by brand, wattage, etc.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on March 03, 2018, 09:10:04 AM
Found some neat stuff... will post in gallery later.. will need help identifying things...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 05, 2018, 11:31:17 PM
not today but back on Saturday.  I picked me up some stuff at my Home Depot clearance section



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on March 13, 2018, 02:35:06 PM
I replaced eol F40T12 in my home office. New one is also Narva 640 as was the previous one. Captured some new-lamp-snaking.

www.whitenightcape.com/kuv/newlamp.mp4 (http://www.whitenightcape.com/kuv/newlamp.mp4)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on March 20, 2018, 01:15:22 PM
We have lit the 80W HQL-B Deluxe lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=5&pid=144265) that we got from Michael in Switzerland.   8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on March 20, 2018, 01:49:11 PM
We have lit the 80W HQL-B Deluxe lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=5&pid=144265) that we got from Michael in Switzerland.   8)
Yes, it's our lamp of the day, here it is lit :mv:

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_DSCF1463.JPG)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 28, 2018, 08:07:15 PM
Today at a church building I took down 3 1984 vintage single lamp fixtures (F40T12 that were converted to F32T8 6 or 7 years ago) and replaced them with 2 F32T8 Lithonia fixtures.  The lens/difusers are no longer made for the single lamp fixtures and 2 of them were broken.  Going to keep the old fixtures and re-ballast with single F40T12 again and install them somewhere, maybe in a closet at one of the church buildings.  I have a lot of the 1 tube ballasts. 

What I installed:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-4-ft-4-Light-Fluorescent-Wraparound-Lens-Ceiling-Fixture-LB-4-32-120-1-4-GESB/100192555


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on April 18, 2018, 10:41:32 PM
I have some goodies coming up in the gallery... Right now I am too tired to load up GIMP and combine images so I'm not gonna post them up yet... Tomorrow might be a no go too depending on how much of my English essay I must finish... But... Just know... I have some cool stuff I want to share (least I think they're cool) ... I might need some help Identifying things aswell...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on April 18, 2018, 11:39:22 PM
Tested a load of 150w GLS lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: tolivac on April 20, 2018, 11:34:59 PM
Using an Eye Hortilux 315W CMH light I ordered-like it!!!No,I don't grow plants-but the CMH grow lights look good to PEOPLE,too!Just put a glass streetlight lens-diffuser over it to block UV that Eye claims the light generates.Just to be safe! Makes a pure,white color.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on April 21, 2018, 05:07:28 PM
I have some goodies coming up in the gallery... Right now I am too tired to load up GIMP and combine images so I'm not gonna post them up yet... Tomorrow might be a no go too depending on how much of my English essay I must finish... But... Just know... I have some cool stuff I want to share (least I think they're cool) ... I might need some help Identifying things aswell...

posted them!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on April 22, 2018, 02:05:17 PM
If everything goes well I may have secured a personal jackpot. Something I have wanted for long. Local old building is being demolished at oncoming summer and I know that there is old TL-X fluorescent fixtures in use at the basement of that building. I know a guy who is currently part of a crew that is preparing the building for tear down and he agreed to try to get me one of those fixtures.

I will be so happy if that works out as TL-X fixtures are so rare. Those are 2x40W and I asked if he could take few extra lamps as I could probably get those from nowhere. If I remember right those fixtures are beast when it comes to size.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on April 27, 2018, 04:31:25 PM
I opened the door when the postman rang the bell and got a package of light bulbs that Ria had ordered from ebay... (cue Ria posting on the thread)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 27, 2018, 04:34:59 PM
I opened the door when the postman rang the bell and got a package of light bulbs that Ria had ordered from ebay... (cue Ria posting on the thread)
Never let it be said I missed my cue.. Yes, we got three of these lovely ruby red lamps :D

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_20180427_120747.jpg)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 28, 2018, 10:35:18 AM
I'm currently at a meetup of local people into lights :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 28, 2018, 01:21:18 PM
At the moment I'm just testing out my rebuild of the display board I built for 70W HPS/MH lamps. I wanted to add a switch to cut the ignitor in or out of circuit so I could run lamps with or without internal ignitors.

It seems to work, so I'm happy, photo to come in a bit, watch this space :D

Edit: Photo posted (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=0&pid=145893) :a_mh: :hps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on April 28, 2018, 01:34:54 PM
using my 1000W HPS flood to dry a lanyard that I removed the decals off of.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on April 28, 2018, 01:36:14 PM
At the moment I'm just testing out my rebuild of the display board I built for 70W HPS/MH lamps. I wanted to add a switch to cut the ignitor in or out of circuit so I could run lamps with or without internal ignitors.

It seems to work, so I'm happy, photo to come in a bit, watch this space
:D
It works very well sweetheart, I'm proud of you.  :-*


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: boiler1011 on May 03, 2018, 11:51:31 AM
This was a two-day project... just completed 'Phase I' of the backyard. This included the removal of 3'x70' area of sod along the back wall of the house and installation of a new flower bed, limestone trim, and a system of 6 Portfolio Branded LED spot lights. 3 are small telescoping units which shine on 3 evenly spaced stars on the back fence, and 3 standard spotlights on the trees that are planted in the main yard. The transformer/photo controller is located on the patio, and I had to dig a about 200' of 6' trenches to run the lines. Our soil is mainly composed of clay from (...), so it was a bit of a chore. I also ran some PVC conduit from the ground and up along the patio foundation to the control unit to better protect and hide the two main wires. It came out pretty well, and I only had to replace one sprinkler line which was tragically destroyed in the process.  :D Tho not yet installed in picture, the PVC conduit is fastened to the brick wall in 3 places via clips/screws in the brick mortar.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 03, 2018, 11:59:28 AM
Nothing today, but yesterday I rewired my display board for 45W/60W SO(I)/H lamps, as some of the wires to the ballast were coming loose.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on May 05, 2018, 02:29:01 PM
Replaced a 15w Pygmy lamp that went EOL.
It was installed in May 2017, so lasted a year, better than the previous lamp that lasted about 5 months (end of Dec 2016- mid May 2017).


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 05, 2018, 11:35:48 PM
I replaced a few EoL F32T8s, a 120W incandescent over an entrance way (replaced with a 23W CFL, brightest thing I had in that building) and a 150W HPS. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on May 07, 2018, 09:00:47 AM
I woke up my girlfriend with 17 HPS lamps watts ranging between 35-100
Of course not on the same breaker
This was at 2 am so I had to be quite but I really think the ballasts woke her up rather than the light. And the fact that I tripped on one of the cords
She was mad as (...) and she said "when you get home from school, you're going to do EVERYTHING for me until the end of the day to make it up!"

Listen, she may be short but she can make you do a lot


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on May 07, 2018, 08:58:26 PM
Quote from: F96T12 DD VHO
I woke up my girlfriend with 17 HPS lamps
--
This was at 2 am
--
She was mad as (...)
I can't blame here one bit.
I'd be pissed off too if someone woke me at 2am >:(

Besides what were you doing awake & f'ing around with lights at that time on a school night


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 07, 2018, 09:32:14 PM
Replaced a few burned out F32T8s and replaced a CFL 18W 2 pin ballast. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 08, 2018, 07:25:23 AM
Tested my 1960's Paterson darkroom safelight that arrived today  ;D

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_20180508_135009.jpg)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on May 08, 2018, 11:38:46 AM
Lit up my 400w SON-T lamp on the ballast that arrived today.
 :a_son-t:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: WestinghouseCeramalux on May 10, 2018, 04:35:28 PM
Lit up my 400w SON-T lamp on the ballast that arrived today.
 :a_son-t:

Donated some extra HID lamps to my local ReStore ((4) Sylvania LU400/D; (1) Chinese made Philips, H39KC-175/DX; and some miscellaneous incandescent lamps), and dropped off some old cobrahead bodies to a metal recycler. Took some old used Chinese made generic H39KB-175 to Lowe's and put them in the recycle bin.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on May 12, 2018, 08:06:31 AM
I caught a falling 4’ Fluorescent light fixture from an old home that hasn’t been lived in for years

The ballast wires were cut so short, the ballast looks like a black rusted box with no wires

The fixture had 2 lamps and one had a perfect crack along the length (it unfortunately broke) the lamps where Westinghouse lamps made in 1974

The fixture was white but when I looked at the top, there was a sticker saying “DO NOT USE AMP WITH HIGHER WATTAGE” I took the sticker off and painted the fixture white and yes that typo was on the sticker


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on May 14, 2018, 08:18:46 PM
Today, I organized all of my incandescent light bulbs into 5 boxes within my drawers.  In this drawer, I have 25 and 40 watts, 60 watts, and 100 watts.  In the drawer below, I have 75 watts, and decorative, each in one box.  I found out I have 60 watt (and 60 watt equivalent) bulbs out the wazoo, and fewer bulbs in the 75 and 100 watt varieties when I sorted them today.  This is so much better for keeping my general use stash organized and easy to select from  ;)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 14, 2018, 10:20:20 PM
Replaced a 10-15 year old Universal F32T8 2 lamp ballast.. as well as an EoL 50 watt HPS bulb.  Went to my neighborhood supermarket and saw that they in the last week had the F96T8s swapped out for LEDs.  Same color (3500) Not sure what brand.  They were all working but you can bet I will be watching to see how they hold up.  In the mean time they look decent.  time will tell. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on May 14, 2018, 10:20:58 PM
Finally got a refractor on my NEMA!!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 16, 2018, 04:52:06 AM
Not a lot, just tested some new lamps that arrived today.

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_20180716_110324.jpg)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 16, 2018, 06:47:00 PM
Last week I upgraded about 35 fixtures from T12 to T8, many had already been upgraded from Magnetic T12 to Electronic T12 over the years as the magnetics failed.  Saved a few of the old good magnetic ballasts, a few Advance, a few Universal.  A few Sylvania.  Still have about 50 left to do at a later date.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 22, 2018, 09:12:40 PM
Replaced a 2 year old EoL 150W hps from a wall pack.  These GEs have not lasted very well, and on brand new ballasts at the time of install too.  Out of the 6 GE bulbs I put in 2 years ago, 4 have already gone EoL. the sylvania bulbs installed at the same time are still going, no issues. This one chromed over nicely!  



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on July 23, 2018, 08:04:20 AM
Replaced a 2 year old EoL 150W hps from a wall pack.  These GEs have not lasted very well, and on brand new ballasts at the time of install too.  Out of the 6 GE bulbs I put in 2 years ago, 4 have already gone EoL. the sylvania bulbs installed at the same time are still going, no issues. This one chromed over nicely!  


Is the whole thing chromed up, does it fill up the whole outer bulb.
I've seen blackening from the sodium leaking in HPS lamps before but I haven't seen anything like this.
Good God!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 23, 2018, 09:12:35 PM
It filled the inside of the outer bulb.  I could still make out the arc tube which was plenty black. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on July 23, 2018, 09:14:40 PM
Just noticed the 0604 code on there, guessing that is the date code.. June 2004.  But it sat in a shed until 2 years ago. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 01, 2018, 10:14:52 AM
Fired up our newly acquired NOS GEC Trulite 125W MBF/U lamp  :mv: ;D

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_20180801_122859.jpg)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 01, 2018, 03:28:47 PM
Today at a church building I swapped out about 60 Sylvania 3000k T8s for Sylvania 4100k T8s.  The 3000k's were too dim for the environment they were in.  The 4100k's do a much better job lighting the area.  I'll use the 3000k's at a few different buildings where the carpet and color tone are lighter and will do better in that area.  I still have quite a few more tubes to swap out but waiting for more 4100k to arrive. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: funkybulb on August 01, 2018, 03:59:48 PM
Found a 30 watt American made Verilux tube at New Bransfels restore.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 02, 2018, 11:28:22 PM
Today I went to another church building and took 2 cases of the 3000k T8s that I removed from the building yesterday and replaced a bunch of EoL or near EoL 3000k's.  Mostly Philips, but a few Sylvania.  Also replaced a bad GE T8 ballast.  There are a few more in this building but ran out of time.  It's about 70 miles away so I'll get back there next month or so. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 03, 2018, 08:35:02 AM
We are planning to put up a couple of little 6W T5 fixtures in the bedroom as reading lights. Mind you we have been saying that for months...  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 04, 2018, 12:34:02 PM
We are planning to put up a couple of little 6W T5 fixtures in the bedroom as reading lights. Mind you we have been saying that for months...  :D
The queens of procrastination have struck again and they are still in the box... :a_fluor:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on August 06, 2018, 12:10:14 AM
Saved a 175w westy lifeguard, and a 175w ballast..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 06, 2018, 04:49:30 AM
Built up a new test/display board for both 80W and 125W mercury lamps:

(https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/albums/userpics/12633/normal_20180806_112734.jpg)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on August 13, 2018, 10:42:38 PM
I'm fixing a Feit Electric CFL (mostly for fun), from what i can tell the resistor fuse randomly died for no reason.

Edit: Turns out the driver may have more issues than i thought.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 13, 2018, 11:52:42 PM
Today at once church building i swapped out a bunch of 3500k T8s for 3000k T8s.. I want to use up the 3rd Gen Sylvania Ecologic 3000k T8s as quickly as I can so thus the swap out. 

At another building I replaced 2- 26 watt 4 pin CFL ballasts that were bad.  I also replaced 3 EoL 50 watt HPS bulbs.  got more work to do at this building.  A few 400 Watt MH bulbs that light up the steeple, 3 150 watt HPS parking lot bulbs, some cove lighting (strip lighting) F32T8 4100ks, and a few bad ballasts.  Ran out of time today. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 22, 2018, 02:28:15 PM
Finally received the ballast we've been waiting for to light our 1,000W Thorn Kolorlux (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=15&pid=149984) mercury lamp, so we've built up a display board to light it up.

It certainly gets warm  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 22, 2018, 04:14:59 PM
Finally received the ballast we've been waiting for to light our 1,000W Thorn Kolorlux (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=15&pid=149984) mercury lamp, so we've built up a display board to light it up.

It certainly gets warm 
:D
That it does, it's warmer than when I'm in there cooking.! ::)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: boiler1011 on August 23, 2018, 02:24:40 PM
I installed a LED upgrade package to my new 2018 Nissan Turbodiesel XD. They definitely light up the road a lot better than the stock halogens, and I do appreciate the fact that they match the stock LED headlights and running lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 23, 2018, 02:32:56 PM
We broke our oldest (verified) lamp.  :'(

R.I.P. Thomas  :inc: :'(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 23, 2018, 02:38:39 PM
What was it?
A 1950 GE 1000W incandescent, see here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4721&pos=1&pid=139762) for a picture of it lit.

I was trying to screw it into the lampholder and used just a tad too much force, and the glass cracked  :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 23, 2018, 02:41:32 PM
A 1950 GE 1000W incandescent, see here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4721&pos=1&pid=139762) for a picture of it lit.

I was trying to screw it into the lampholder and used just a tad too much force, and the glass cracked 
:'( :'( :'(
The glass envelope was probably brittle with age which didn't help.  :'(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 23, 2018, 02:42:22 PM
The glass envelope was probably brittle with age which didn't help.  :'(
You may be right, but it doesn't make me feel any better  :'(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 24, 2018, 11:01:59 PM
Today i retrofitted about 20 T12 fixtures over to T8.  (All had 1990 vintage Advance Mark III T12 ballasts)  I also installed 8 90 watt equivalant 2800k indoor LED Floods which increased the light output in that dark room quite nicely over the 65 watt incandescent floods they replaced.  I'd like to get some 3500k floods in there eventually, it will look nicer.    I also got me 2 60 watt replacement LED bulbs 3500k color, I really like the color.  Going to put one in the flush ceiling fixture above my shower. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 25, 2018, 11:44:48 AM
I'm at one of the monthly Christmas light meetups that I go to. :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 25, 2018, 11:48:46 AM
We lit our new little 35W HPS lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4841&pos=3&pid=150066) :hps: ;D

The wiring here is just a lash-up to see if the lamp worked, I'll make up a proper test/display board for it later.

Edit 25/08/18 2205hrs - Board made up, photos to follow :hps: ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on August 27, 2018, 06:53:37 AM
It was actually yesterday that I did it, but I repaired the E40/E27 adaptor that we have and it's now in use with our 150W  Eye Color Arc MT150FSW MH lamp  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 27, 2018, 07:02:53 AM
It was actually yesterday that I did it, but I repaired the E40/E27 adaptor that we have and it's now in use with our 150W  Eye Color Arc MT150FSW MH lamp  8)
Yes, it's a good little adaptor. James gave it to us last year, it originally had a 3-pin BC holder on it, but we didn't have a use for E40 to B22d-3 so I replaced the lampholder with an E27 one. Unfortunately, the wood that the holder was fitted to (I don't know what sort of wood it is, but it's as hard as nails if not more so  :o) and it split when I tried to put screws into it, so yesterday Sammi repaired it and glued the E27 holder down with epoxy, so it's not going to come apart again any time soon  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 27, 2018, 10:46:24 PM
Today I replaced another fried Howard Industries 2 lamp F32T8 IS ballast. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 30, 2018, 01:10:27 AM
Ol RyGuy here has taken a side job that involves lighting.  I am working with a contractor and about 10 others right now and we are responsible for LED conversions at up to 40 schools as part of the Denver Public Schools system.  We are retrofitting from T8 to LED using GE LED tubes and GE LED Drivers(or ballasts if you want to call them)  We work from 4PM to 11:30PM.  We are working at a 1959 vintage multi-floor high school right now (Abraham Lincoln High School) and will be doing over 2300 fixtures in this school alone.  Today I was on a lift working on a bunch of 6 tube fixtures in the Gym.  My feet are going to fall off.  The contractor is going to let me take as many of the old T8 ballasts as I want.  Lots of Sylvania/Osram T8 ballasts so I will be quite happy.  When they retrofitted over to T8 from T12 many years ago, they initially went with the Sylvania Quicktronic 1st gen instant start electronic ballasts and surprisingly many of them have held up for 20+ years.  The ones that have been replaced have been done so with mostly the current gen of the Sylvania Quicktronic NEMA ballasts, which are the good ones, so I am super excited about being able to take a bunch of them.  I'll probably also take a good number of the good shape 4100k tubes- mixtures of mostly Sylvania, Philips, and a few GEs.  Photos to come. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 30, 2018, 07:13:13 PM
@RyanF40T12:
Why wouldn't they simply use retrofit tubes on the existing ballasts?
Seems like that'd be allot cheaper/easier?

Cool that you'll be able to get some of the old ballasts though!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 31, 2018, 01:02:18 AM
using existing T8 ballasts for LED conversions is not a good idea in this situation given how old the ballasts are.  Most of these ballasts are the first gen Sylvania electronic instant start big bricks. (same size as the T12 magnetics) surprisingly they have held up quite well,considering they were installed back in the early to mid 90s and also there are still a good number of the pre-Ecologic T8 tubes that were installed at the time of the T12 to T8 retrofit! 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: tolivac on September 07, 2018, 11:18:36 PM
New portable light--its AWESOME--a Polarion PS-PH50D HID portable light.4800 lumens high,300 low.1.5 hrs run time high-2 hrs low.I don't know how to link pictures-but you can look the light up on the Polarion-Sparetech website.My Abyss isn't working with the old or new battery.Investigating it further.Polarions are among the best handheld portable lights out there.Expensive-but worth it.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: ace100w120v on September 11, 2018, 12:08:00 AM
I've always wondered how the older ballasts would fare with those LED tubes....


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 11, 2018, 01:28:45 AM
Today I converted 21 fixtures over to LED in an elementary school.  I am keeping a bunch of low life F32T8 Sylvania and GE lamps as well as newer Sylvania F32T8 1, 2, 3, and 4 lamp ballasts.  I am quite happy about this. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on September 11, 2018, 11:09:24 AM
Started replacing our dead led battens with better quality Saxby Hydron twins, in our main workshop at work. Also got some twin six foot fluorescent battens to re-tube tomorrow.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 11, 2018, 06:45:47 PM
Replace a 'Xing Nan' 2xF32 ballast ( like   this one  (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-52634) ) in one of my lights - something went wrong with it so only 1 lamp would light.
Replacement ballast is a used Osram 2xF32 (don't have a pic yet). Light also got 2 LED retrofit lamps .. so nice & bright in there now.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on September 22, 2018, 11:59:04 AM
Today we got our 115V 750W delivered, so we fired it up, and have named him Eddie 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 05, 2018, 06:00:14 PM
Broke out the Christmas lights! & got a start on putting up...
Yep its that time of wear again. And gotta stay true to my username .LOl.LOL.
(ofcourse they will not be on til Thanksgiving)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 07, 2018, 10:12:14 PM
I cleaned up a bunch of T8 tubes that I kept from the retrofitting I was doing at several schools for Denver Public Schools as we convert from T8 to LED.  
These are GE F32T8s with the cool looking end caps.  A few of the tubes have etch/stamps on both sides of the tubes.  Tried to get the date codes on the lamps.  



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 07, 2018, 10:21:24 PM
More


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 13, 2018, 10:04:20 PM
@RyanF40T12:
Interesting that some are double-etchers.


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Today I put up some Christmas lights, also put away most of my solar garden lights for the winter.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 14, 2018, 04:34:33 PM
Nothing directly light-related...but I did do a bit of cleanup/re-organizing in my gallery here.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 14, 2018, 08:04:46 PM
Actually, did end up doing something light-related. Wired up a 2xF14T5 fixture & put it in use as an extra light above a fishtank. (also put a F17T8 in an old F20  preheat top, & it too went in use above the 2nd fishtank.)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 14, 2018, 11:24:28 PM
Actually, did end up doing something light-related. Wired up a 2xF14T5 fixture & put it in use as an extra light above a fishtank. (also put a F17T8 in an old F20  preheat top, & it too went in use above the 2nd fishtank.)

Very good, my Colorado Compadre.  How are things going for you? 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 16, 2018, 05:35:39 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Very good, my Colorado Compadre.  How are things going for you? 
Thanks. That little 2xF14 light by far blows away the existing single F20T12 strip on the tank. .lol.
Things are ok for me. How's it going for you?

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Today's light-related...
Stopped by Lowes to check out the clearance table: picked up 4 Sylvania F48T12/CW/HO for 15 cents each, and 2 2-packs of Feit 4' LED tubes for $1.60/pk


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 02:49:12 PM
Had all kinds of fun finding old lighting stuff yesterday and newer stuff as well at several church buildings.  More on that to come in later posts. 

Been playing around with some of my T12 gear and stuff at other church buildings.



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 02:53:43 PM
These are new Philips F32T8/TL841 Deluxe Cool White tubes.  It's a cool color that my camera on my phone can't capture.  Sadly, Philips crappy weak cathode/filaments lives on in the latest Alto II stuff.  They break very easily so if you like to put lamps in and take them out of your fixtures often, avoid Philips.   In the photo you can see that both cathodes broke off.  I'll get some better quality photos later. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 02:55:52 PM
While Sylvania doesn't have weak filaments/cathodes unlike Philips- I do encounter a few of these where a little square tab inside tends to break off.  I haven't found any that have affected lamp life, there is just a little square tab in the tube is all. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 02:58:18 PM
Playing around with some F40T12 tubes.  Older 90s vintage Sylvania Cool White Deluxe vs 2010-ish vintage Sylvania 4100k.  These are in a Lamps of America cheapie fixture.  But they light up nicely.  I like the color of the deluxe.  Again the iphone camera on my phone doesn't doe any justice, but it does show a clear distinction between the colors.  of course they are not green in real life, just the way the camera captures this. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 06:24:10 PM
Found some more goodies at some of the church buildings.



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 21, 2018, 06:24:51 PM
More goodies.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 21, 2018, 08:48:29 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
there is just a little square tab in the tube is all. 
You might be able to use that to scratch off the phosphor & make a part-clear tube!

Also nice find on those Sylvania-GTE F40's.

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This weekend's light related (in order)
Put up some Christmas lights
Fixed headlight issue on car
Replaced a near-EOL F32T8
Put up more Christmas lights
Put up Halloween Lights
(none of the Christmas or Halloween are connected up yet, but I plan to get  Halloween in operation by the end of the week)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 22, 2018, 10:57:31 AM
You might be able to use that to scratch off the phosphor & make a part-clear tube!

Also nice find on those Sylvania-GTE F40's.

____________________________

I was thinking about doing that one of these days, I saw a post where someone had done that :) 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 23, 2018, 10:18:59 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
  I was thinking about doing that one of these days, I saw a post where someone had done that :) 
Yep, those pic's are what made me think of it when I saw yours..


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Today's light related:
Connected up & tested my Halloween lights/display (well, all except the fluorescent)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 24, 2018, 01:02:55 AM
Today the retrofitting job took me to an elementary school in Denver.  Well actually 2.  One was built in 1955, the other in.. 2011 or so.  Had some fun at the one in 1955.  All the fixtures in that one (3 story) had been upgraded not too long ago (in the past 6 or so years) so the conversion over to LED wasn't too bad.  They had mostly Phillips/Advance T-8 ballasts, and most had 4 ft Philips 28 watt Tubes in them, vs the 32 watt, so interesting thing there.  The LEDs we are putting in would be output equivalent to 32 watt output, but at 15 watt usage so it is a bit brighter.  GE LED Tubes and GE LED drivers.  I have yet out of the several hundred I have retrofitted, to come across a bad tube or bad driver.. GE is making some good stuff there, very impressed! 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 24, 2018, 08:43:37 PM
^ tandem wraparound .ug. (where's that vomit smiley)
I bet at one time the 1955 school building had some neat lights in it.

Nice to hear that the GE LED stuff appears to be good!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: joseph_125 on October 24, 2018, 10:17:58 PM
The first pic looks like a classroom at my old university. At mine, the stem hangers originally had tandem F40 two lamp/section Daybrite louvered fixtures. They installed the one lamp/section wraparounds in the 90s when they went from T12 to T8. I'll bet that classroom originally had a similar setup too.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 25, 2018, 01:23:44 AM
I'm not sure what this building originally had but I bet it was very neat.  The wrap around was put in probably in the 80s.  The first school I upgraded was a 50s vintage High School and many of the fixtures were still original so it saw T-12 to T-8 to LED.  While I am working in the elementary, I am also working in a newer building built in 2014 where the original T8 lamps are just now starting to go EoL so thus they wanted to upgrade to LED and not worry about re-lamping.  This is one of if not the newest school in the Denver Public Schools so they want to have the latest and greatest in it.  Works for me. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 26, 2018, 09:42:09 PM
@RyanF40T12:
Nice that that 50's school kept alot of the original fixtures!...and that they ended up seeing essentially 3 generations of lighting.
The 2014 building would deff have to be, as you say one the newest schools/possibly the newest in the Denver system.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 26, 2018, 09:56:35 PM
Today's lighting...

Put up some Christmas lights.
Finished making a set of green LED twinkle lights
Finished making a set of bluegreen LED lights


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 27, 2018, 01:42:38 AM
Working in a Middle School doing the T8 to LED in the Gym.  Here are some photos.  Going from 32 Watt 6 tubes to 21 watt 6 tubes LED.  A 4 tube 21 watt LED Driver, and a 2 tube 21 watt driver.(GE gear) The scissor lift is fun to work on.  The tubes furthest from me are now LED,and you can tell with how brighter they are vs the fluorescent fixtures closest to me, to the right.  They are 6 tube fixtures, 2014 vintage. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 27, 2018, 10:18:12 AM
Nothing lighting wise for a couple of days, as I've been trying to get a new telephone system up and running, but today we'll probably get some of the bigger incandescent lamps out and give them a light, we tend to concentrate on discharge lamps and forget about the good old incandescents  :-\


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 28, 2018, 09:11:22 AM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
you can tell with how brighter they are vs the fluorescent fixtures
Yep they deff do appear brighter 8)



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Yesterday's light related:
* Went to the monthly Christmas-lights meetup (last one for the year)
* Picked up a few aquarium lights at an auction


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 28, 2018, 08:03:20 PM
Today I started going thru 50 or so of the T8 ballasts from the LED retrofit that I have hung onto.  The past 2 schools have been mostly 4-8 year old Philips/Advance 2 & 4 lamps, some instant start, many programmed start.  I'm hanging onto them for use at my church buildings. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 28, 2018, 09:25:53 PM
Do you ever come across any 0-10v dimmable ballasts in your retrofitting?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 30, 2018, 02:00:49 AM
I've got a couple of dimmable T8 ballasts set aside let me see if I can find them.  The school I am at now finishing up in the Gym had dimmable ballasts in the classrooms, replaced with dimmable LED drivers, however I got there too late to get any of the old dimmable T8 ballasts before they were sent to the scrap yard :(  If I come across anymore I'll hang onto a few. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on November 04, 2018, 08:56:10 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
  I got there too late to get any of the old dimmable T8 ballasts before they were sent to the scrap yard :(  If I come across anymore I'll hang onto a few. 
Isn't that how it usually goes? .lol.
Sometime I'll PM you with just what I'm looking for.


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This weekend's light stuff:
Nothing really interesting...just put up some Christmas lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on November 17, 2018, 02:32:10 AM
this week I've been doing a conversion over to 4100k from 3000k T8s at one of my church buildings.  Finished tonight.  Using mostly 32 Watt, but have a few 28 watt tubes in use in certain areas.  They don't do too bad really..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 02, 2018, 11:43:33 PM
Friday I replaced a near EoL 150 HPS parking lot bulb.  Saturday, I did the same.  And some EoL T8s. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 03, 2018, 12:26:03 AM
Finished up converting a set of normal mini lights to Aqua LED (started yesterday). When it was done it went in one of the trees :)
Also put up some other lights inside.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 18, 2018, 11:42:35 AM
Upgrading from T8 to LED in another very old elementary school.  This one still has some of the old fixtures that are getting converted over....
Manufactured by Day-Brite lighting St. Louis, Missouri.  Most likely 1950s vintage, though the school is much older.  VERY cool!  I love these.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 18, 2018, 11:45:03 AM
Found this on youtube. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_3NHVvE9Fo


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 19, 2018, 09:27:16 PM
Nice old lights RyanF40T12 .. glad to see them converted to LED rather than trashed & replaced with some dull boring thing.
I see stuff like that and just think 'school light' .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on December 28, 2018, 02:02:41 AM
What did I do today?  I worked on some emergency lighting at one of my church buildings.  2 of the Dual Lite fixtures were original to when the building was built (1985) and had long since stopped working.  One still had the original battery pack, another had a replacement battery pack.  But the circuitry was fried.  Replaced with new LED fixtures.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 10, 2019, 08:58:28 PM
Put a 2xF72T12 Slimline fixture above a desk/table I built last month for my father.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on February 13, 2019, 09:01:47 PM
Hung up an F15T12 fixture to act as a reading light above my bed.

Also installed a home made bicycle headlight with components from the 70s (originally from a flashlight)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 24, 2019, 10:03:26 PM
Went to a lights meetup.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on February 24, 2019, 10:04:40 PM
Went to a lights meetup.
Ooo, where?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 25, 2019, 06:38:04 PM
Quote from: Lumex120
Ooo, where?
Centennial, Colorado.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 01, 2019, 01:03:53 AM
that's my neck of the woods.

Today I changed out about 60 EoL and near EoL F32T8s in a church gym, and 1 4 lamp T8 ballast. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 03, 2019, 10:28:33 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
that's my neck of the woods.
There's another one planned for later this month, you're welcome to come to one if you ever want to.

---------
No lights today, but yesterday I setup 2 aquariums...each got 2 F15 lights on it, so I had to go digging in my box of F15 lamps .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 05, 2019, 12:24:05 AM
Much appreciated, i'll take you up on that sometime, but right now life is difficult.  My mother is near death from cancer so got my hands busy with that and continuing to keep myself busy with lighting stuff at church.

Today I reballasted several single F32T8 fixtures, changed from a single lamp ballast to a double lamp ballast- so running both blue wires to one tombstone/socket and the single red to the other socket.  Brighter.  The Osram Instant Start dual T8 lamp ballast is rated for .41 amps so it makes the single lamp nice and bright now :) Been doing this on many single lamp fixtures in mechanical rooms and such at my church buildings.  They do make higher amperage single lamp ballasts, but I have a ton of dual lamp that I want to use up instead. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LampLover on March 05, 2019, 02:46:54 AM
Much appreciated, i'll take you up on that sometime, but right now life is difficult.  My mother is near death from cancer so got my hands busy with that and continuing to keep myself busy with lighting stuff at church.

Today I reballasted several single F32T8 fixtures, changed from a single lamp ballast to a double lamp ballast- so running both blue wires to one tombstone/socket and the single red to the other socket.  Brighter.  The Osram Instant Start dual T8 lamp ballast is rated for .41 amps so it makes the single lamp nice and bright now :) Been doing this on many single lamp fixtures in mechanical rooms and such at my church buildings.  They do make higher amperage single lamp ballasts, but I have a ton of dual lamp that I want to use up instead. 

Sorry to hear about your Mother Ryan :(
I lost my Mother (Kidney disease) in 2017 and my Father (heart failure) in 2018



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 05, 2019, 09:22:43 PM
@RyanF40T12:
So sorry to hear about your mother :( Cancer is a horrible thing to happen to someone.

I have a strip of 4 1xF32 fixtures that I wired for 2x overdrive like you did there. .lol.

They do the light meetings monthly, through October.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on March 13, 2019, 12:14:13 PM
I've officially completed refreshing my
MERCURY VAPOR (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=4643) and FLUORESCENT (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=4645) albums. They now contain every lamp of those types I own (and some that I no longer own)

I'm currently still in the process if refreshing and updating my incandescent, Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium albums. The incandescent one is almost done... Same with metal halide..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 14, 2019, 08:30:59 AM
Not today, but on Sunday I put new ballasts in a 8xT5-HO grow-light fixture (changed from instant-to programmed start) & built a stand for it.
Yesterday evening, I planted some of my Tomato seeds in pots (what above grow-light is for) in a week or so when the seeds start coming up I'll fire up that light.

I have a 2nd light to do (maybe on the weekend). Already have the boards for its stand, just need to cut one of 'em.
This will be the 1st year I'll be using all T5-HO, The old T8 & T12 won't be needed
(unless on the slim chance I need a 3rd light, then the 6x T8 comes back out)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 18, 2019, 07:46:16 PM
looks like I'll be needing ^ that T8 fixture afterall.


Today I replaced a some ballasts... one basically worthless since it lit only one of 2 lamps at less than half brightness (other had a dim partial discharge)... Another lit one lamp at full brightness, the 2nd at less than half. Weird way to die, I may crack one of 'em open & look inside just for the he!l of it .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 24, 2019, 05:56:12 PM
Quote from: xmaslightguy
looks like I'll be needing that T8 afterall.
It got setup today.
I might need one more light too, I did more veggie & flower seeds than previous years...That means I may have to use the old T12 thing .UG. ,  or fix the other T5-HO .ug. (which would mean eBay'ing a couple ballasts)  .ug.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 24, 2019, 07:15:24 PM
what type of ballasts do you need


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 25, 2019, 08:56:23 PM
@RyanF40T12:
2xF54T5 programmed or rapid-start .. really don't care what brand .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 26, 2019, 08:58:52 PM
Drats I don't have any T5, sorry.  Need anything T12 or T8? 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 27, 2019, 09:51:06 PM
@RyanF40T12:
Thanks
I have over the years collected myself a nice little stash of spare T12 & T8 ballasts :)
Only thing I can think of that I'm looking for is some 1xF32T8 that work with 0-10v dimming

Or if on the rare chance you ever come across   these  (http://lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-103106) particular T12


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on March 28, 2019, 08:14:15 PM
Will keep an eye out and let me see what I have dimming wise. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 30, 2019, 06:56:48 PM
Thanks Ryan.

Also just to let you know there's another one of those xmas-lights meetups tentatively scheduled for Apr 27


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on April 02, 2019, 09:48:31 PM
Today I retrofitted a 175W MH wallpack to a 150w HPS.  Found one of my previous retrofitted 150W HPS fixtures from 2 years ago had a starter go bad so I have to get back to it later.  Stuck a 100W 130v rough duty bulb in there for now.  Will return later this week with new ballast setup. (on left side of picture)  I have some other little things to do at this building.  I also found the parking lot light relay to likely be faulty so the parking lot lights are not coming on.  Not something I can touch, will require our licensed electrician to handle.  They may just be able to remove that relay now though because we have LED parking lot lights now which replaced 5- 250 W HPS fixtures a few years ago. 

This building also has new philips Alto F32T8 4100k CW Deluxe tubes and ballasts in the hallway fixtures.  The Tubes are about a month on them but they continue to start up very dim especially in the center.  Once they are warmed up, they put out nice light but very disappointing in how dark they are when turning on.  Takes almost 2 full minutes to get warmed up.  I may swap them out for new Sylvania 4100ks now that we finally got a crate of them in. 







Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on April 03, 2019, 03:45:38 PM
Why did you convert it to HPS from metal halide? Bad ballast?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on April 04, 2019, 12:56:34 AM
HPS lasts 4+ times longer then MH.  I was changing out the MH bulbs every year and a half where as I can go 6-8+ years with the HPS. 
Today I replaced the bad HPS ballast on that wall pack and also replaced a worn out 15 year old T8 ballast and then a bad battery pack in another T8 fixture. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on April 10, 2019, 05:10:43 PM
Today I picked up a few freebies from Craigs List. 
An 8ft fixture (6 F32T8 tubes) which had old but like new pre-Ecologic Sylvania 3500k tubes in them,  and a box of 10 or so Philips 841 F32T8 lamps.

At another location I picked up 8 F40T12 shoplight fixtures that need a little TLC but will clean up nicely.  Has the cheap-o economy magnetic ballasts in them, so they'll get removed and a few will get HPF F40T12 magnetic ballasts and a few will be upgraded to T8. 

Photos will come soon.

 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on April 10, 2019, 07:26:12 PM
Today, although I didn't physically do anything regarding buying or installing new lighting, I did discover something.
On my way home, there is a coin laundry/dryer store very close to where I live. (which is weird because literally
walking distance from that store, there's another one.) With this one in particular, the outside of it is lit with 6 HO
2 lamp strip fixtures... all of them look to be 7 footers. They work, but all are dim, 3 of them are even dimmer/shimmering.
All of them have been lit since 2015, back when I moved into this apartment. They've never been off, with the exception of power outages
of course. This morning I noticed one of the dim/shimmering ones had a lamp that finally reached EOL. I decided to
go and check out these fixtures close up and I discovered, all of them are Philip Altos. (That's why they were so dim)
Not sure if that EOL lamp lost vacuum though... but the filament on the good side of the lamp was glowing very brightly.
Maybe someday I can convince the owner of the store to have me relamp all of them, but I think those craptastic Philip Alto's
may have done damage to the ballasts at this point.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 12, 2019, 06:58:34 PM
@RyanF40T12:
If those are actually HO & not slimline, I really don't think EOL lamps will hurt anything.
And 7-foot :o ?? those are lamps rare to even see.



Swapped out the ballast on a 2xF32 fixture I have above a fishtank...finally git sick of it going out every time I bumped or moved it.
(there must be a loose wire or bad solder joint inside the ballast itself...I plan to crack it open & have a look .LOL. don't really care if I destroy it in the process.)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on April 13, 2019, 05:51:40 AM
@xmaslightguy, sorry for the confusion, but that was me (Suzukir122) not RyanF40T12! lol  ::)
But yeah those fixtures *might* actually be 8 footers, but I really have no clue. They look too small
to be 8 footers, but too long to be 6 footers. I'll have to try to see the etch of those lamps close
up at some point in time for the wattages. I don't think these are slimline though.
These fixtures have been shimmering/flickering literally the entire time I've lived here, and even
before that. Wouldn't the constant shimmer/flicker eventually lead to capacitor failure with rapid start ballasts?
I forgot one more thing... two of those fixtures contain electronic ballasts... lamps still dim with those
as well, but no flicker/shimmering of course.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 13, 2019, 09:08:12 AM
@xmaslightguy, sorry for the confusion, but that was me (Suzukir122) not RyanF40T12! lol  ::)
But yeah those fixtures *might* actually be 8 footers, but I really have no clue. They look too small
to be 8 footers, but too long to be 6 footers. I'll have to try to see the etch of those lamps close
up at some point in time for the wattages. I don't think these are slimline though.
These fixtures have been shimmering/flickering literally the entire time I've lived here, and even
before that. Wouldn't the constant shimmer/flicker eventually lead to capacitor failure with rapid start ballasts?
I forgot one more thing... two of those fixtures contain electronic ballasts... lamps still dim with those
as well, but no flicker/shimmering of course.
I see that now, that is why one shouldn't post replies at night when tired...LOL...it should have been a split reply

I've never actually seen a 7-foot fixture (but really want one!), that size lamp was mainly used in signs.
The biggest thing (I believe) with flicker from EOL lamps is, as long as its not causing the ballast to overheat...Heat will

I wonder though if those fixtures since they're not EOL, if its one of these:
* The capacitors are partially bad? That would certainly make them dimmer & more flickery. Might also explain why a couple were replaced
* They're running on less than 120v? That makes HPF RS shimmer noticeably.

-------------------
Quote from: @RyanF40T12
  another location I picked up 8 F40T12 shoplight fixtures that need a little TLC but will clean up nicely.
Free shoplights is always a good thing...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on April 14, 2019, 05:19:30 AM
I wonder if it's capacitor issues as well, because those lamps are really dim. I really can't conclude what it
could be, since they're using Philip Alto's. I can tell they're Philips, with those classic green end caps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on April 14, 2019, 01:55:49 PM
Could just be wrong ballasts for those tubes. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on April 21, 2019, 08:17:26 PM
Since I purchased my second motorcycle not too long ago, I'm back in the game regarding buying new lighting. So...
I just purchased one of those 2 lamp PL36 watt electronic Rapid Start Sadelite desk lamps from Ebay. This Sadelite
will be one of 3 since I'm purchasing 2 more. I'm going to convert them from electronic, to magnetic, since the wiring is literally
prepared for me to do so.
All three lamps will be replacing the 3 20w CMH Track Lights I use as uplighting in my room, as well as my screw in CMH 25w Par38 from Philips.
I'm retiring all 4 CMH's... for now. (*Edit*... that didn't happen)

*Edit/Update*... just received my Sadelite desk lamp... currently using it as uplighting for *part* of my bedroom. The other
half of my bedroom is still lit with two 20w CMH Track Lights as uplighting, and my other 20w CMH Track Light and Par38 screw
in are both being used in my living room as uplighting... I've decided to retire 5 of my 7 HPF Trigger Start desk lamps in my living room.
Might sell those ballasts... we'll see lol... but I've also decided that once I get my other 2 Sadelite desk lamps and magnetic ballasts,
I'll temporarily use all of my CMH's in my living room instead, and retire all 7 HPF Trigger Start desk lamps, instead of my CMH's


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 01, 2019, 05:01:03 PM
ReStore finds.  The GE CFL was .25 cents!  And I am a big fan of the britesticks.  will try that cool looking bulb soon. 





Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 05, 2019, 01:49:42 PM
Last year we had a request at one of my church buildings to make things brighter in the 2 foyer/lobby areas.  Each foyer was lit by 4 old worn out circuline fixtures (2 lamps per fixture) and 4 cove fluorescent lights.  They replaced the 4 circuline fixtures with 4 LED panel lights which light up the area nicely.  Yesterday I did the other foyer.  While I like the circuline fluorescent stuff, they are just too dim for what this area needed.  I kept all the old fixtures. 







Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on May 05, 2019, 04:22:18 PM
Hopefully those LED panels actually last.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 05, 2019, 11:43:42 PM
Yup, we'll see.  So far 1 year good on the other side.  I kinda like them.  They are not glare bombs thanks to the faded cover. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 11, 2019, 03:17:03 PM
Got a bunch of fluorescent fixtures (mostly newer ones) and will likely be getting more within the next 2 weeks.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 12, 2019, 05:13:40 PM
Yesterday, i picked up nearly 40+ F40t12s, most of them being GE Watt-Misers.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 22, 2019, 04:30:16 PM
Got a bunch of fluorescent fixtures (mostly newer ones) and will likely be getting more within the next 2 weeks.
Well, the "2 weeks" (more like 11 days) are up and now i need to sort through everything and post photos (which may take a while due to how many things i've found).

And for context, every year (between late April and mid to late May) one of the cities near me does a curb side garbage pickup where residents can toss out mostly anything except for toxic waste (Paint, Cleaning chemicals, Fluorescent lamps, etc), but it does not stop people from tossing those out (especially the third one i mentioned). This lasts about 4 weeks but i missed the first 2 weeks but i've found over double what i've found last year.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on May 23, 2019, 04:23:16 AM
Today I upgraded a fixture by removing the F32T8 single lamp Sylvania Quicktronic .21 amp instant start ballast and replaced it with a Sylvania Quicktronic .26 amp Programmed Start ballast.    This fixture is in a cleaning supply closet that gets a lot of on/off cycles so this will help extend the lamp light and be slightly brighter. 

I also picked up from the ReStore a very cool looking desk lamp.  This is a 13 watt CFL/PL tube which is quite nifty.  Will post more about it later. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on May 25, 2019, 11:16:04 AM
@RyanF40T12:
Looks like a nice desklamp.


--------------
For me today...
I'm posting this while at a lights meetup.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on May 30, 2019, 09:57:01 AM
18w Fluorescent lamp in my hallway went eol today and I replaced it. I also got bunch of 70's 2x40w shoplights today and should tested out. The guy who had replaced the fixtures warned that some has probably partially shorted ballast as certain lamps wont last long and that was the reason to replace them all. I should figure out a way to test which ballast needs replacing.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on June 29, 2019, 04:26:09 PM
Just received my FOURTH Sadelite desk lamp in the mail today. This one, like the third one I just received days ago (and have yet
to post) is also a newer one. The lamps with this newer Sadelite desk lamp are used up a little more. I took those lamps out of
that desk lamp and installed it into the other newer one that I received days ago. That one has a HPF magnetic ballast for PL-L 40watt
lamps, installed by me. So I now have 3 Sadelite desk lamps with the same brand HPF magnetic ballasts.
I still have yet to post a pic of what those ballasts look like on LG. I have posted the Ebay posting version of it a while back though:
https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-137401

Gotta keep an eye on one of those bulbs I got with this fourth desk lamp... that bulb is close to EOL. EOL should be pretty entertaining
on the magnetic ballast. Maybe.... we shall see I guess.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on July 02, 2019, 11:44:19 AM
Not today but yesterday, I requested a price quote for an American Electric 115 in the configuration 115 07M XN MT1 R3 DG EF SS PL from Graybar. I talked to a rep and they said it might take a while to go through since it's a custom option they don't have in stock at the warehouse. If the total ends up being within my price range ($250) I'll be ordering that option.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 04, 2019, 04:15:10 PM
Sad day today... got rid of all 7 of my F15T12 desk lamps. Took out all of my HPF Trigger Start ballasts I had
in them... didn't have to worry about taking out the lamps though, since I had already done that months ago.
I've still got the ballasts and lamps, but the lamps have got to go as well. I don't want to throw
those lamps away.
I'm moving out of this apartment in 3 months, so things have got to go.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Cole D. on July 04, 2019, 10:30:15 PM
Not today but yesterday, I requested a price quote for an American Electric 115 in the configuration 115 07M XN MT1 R3 DG EF SS PL from Graybar. I talked to a rep and they said it might take a while to go through since it's a custom option they don't have in stock at the warehouse. If the total ends up being within my price range ($250) I'll be ordering that option.

70W MH sounds really cool! I wouldn't mind having one of those, but it'd be hard decision between drop lens or flat.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on July 07, 2019, 10:24:47 PM
70W MH sounds really cool! I wouldn't mind having one of those, but it'd be hard decision between drop lens or flat.
Yeah I had a hard time deciding between the refractor or FCO version... eventually I just settled on the normal drop lens because I like how they look with metal halide lamps. Either way it's been a while now and so I might call them back soon to find out if there's any new news.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 17, 2019, 05:18:27 PM
Just bought one 3k PL-L Philips 18w lamp from Ebay, and also four 3k Sylvania ECO PL-L 18w lamps as well. The other 3 of those
Sylvania lamps will be used as replacement lamps. I'm taking my fourth Sadelite desk lamp I recently purchased, and installing
2 HPF Rapid Start ballasts rated for PL-L 18w bulbs, into the desk lamp. Should be easy... and my bedroom will be even more over lit
than it already is. Added to that, I also purchased a 13w Ott-Lite Swivel Base Crafts & Sewing Folding Desk Lamp. That lamp *should*
be preheat. I'm going to replace the bulb with a 7w PL lamp I just recently purchased, and ultimately, my room will now be lit
with 9 fluorescent PL lamps total. Sounds extreme, I know... but as a lighting enthusiast, this is just me doing my thang!
If that Ott-Lite is not Preheat... that'd suck. There is that chance, but not very likely. Looked preheat to me.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on July 19, 2019, 01:24:09 PM
I went to Walmart and got some Sylvania glass LEDs and some 250 watt Sylvania 3-ways for my grandmother's house.  I also fixed two lamps at her house, one needed a new 3-way switch and the other needed a push on/off switch.  With the four new LEDs in an overhead ceiling fan light it's much brighter and far more energy efficient.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on August 03, 2019, 09:19:11 PM
Today I changed the capacitor in my 1000w  wide-lite as the light output was much lower and rather green. Both ends of the old one are swollen up like a balloon !


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on August 25, 2019, 01:02:04 AM
Replaced a bunch of .50 amp F32T8 Universal Triad ballasts that are on their way out with Osram/Sylvania F32T8 .41amp.  (These are in rooms where the fixtures are on normal height ceilings so don't need to be too bright)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on August 25, 2019, 10:20:43 AM
Not today, but last light-related thing I did was wire up a pair of 2x F14T5 fixtures ( these (http://lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-128439)) & put them in use on   a fishtank.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 03, 2019, 09:38:16 PM
Today I had a little fun <evil grin>  I ran an EoL Sylvania T12 34 watt tube to true EoL on a T8 Ballast.  those 34 watt Sylvania and GE and Philips tubes can really hang in there and put on quite a show.  Always fun to see.  The Sylvania 34 watts always tend to have good long black socks too, kinda like the 80s GEs. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 04, 2019, 05:44:20 AM
Searched around this morning for PL-L 18w light fixtures and desk lamps on Ebay that could potentially fit
a HPF magnetic Rapid Start ballast rated for 1 PL-L 18w lamp. Heh... no luck there. If anyone can help a bro out,
that would be awesome.
Most fixtures and desk lamps for PL-L 18w lamps contain small electronic ballasts, with small ballast channels.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 04, 2019, 04:27:04 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Today I had a little fun <evil grin>  I ran an EoL Sylvania T12 34 watt tube to true EoL on a T8 Ballast.  those 34 watt Sylvania and GE and Philips tubes can really hang in there and put on quite a show.  Always fun to see.  The Sylvania 34 watts always tend to have good long black socks too, kinda like the 80s GEs. 
Yep..always fun to fry an EOL lamp like that :)
I've had those F34's last for a couple extra months on a T8 ballast - after the point when they EOL on a standard F40 RS ballast.
(but doing fairly short runs, of maybe a hour at most)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 04, 2019, 07:18:25 PM
I saved an 8 Foot F96PG fixture.... Or rather half of it... I'll recover the reflector later..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 04, 2019, 07:46:42 PM
Quote from: HomeBrewLamps
I saved an 8 Foot F96PG fixture....
A standard F96 fixture is enough of a pain to get home in the car, I couldn't imagine trying to get a beast like a PG version home on a bike!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 04, 2019, 11:51:02 PM
Picked up a bunch of F32T8 Philips Energy Advantage 25 watt 3500ks.  most have lots of life left.  Also included was a few T12s.  And one or two T5s!  These came from an old church building in downtown denver that was recently sold.  They had upgraded to LED. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 07, 2019, 09:12:13 PM
I took the  'Big Spool O Lights'  (http://lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-163712) I got a couple weeks ago out to the patio. Removed the lights from it spreading the them around the yard, for testing & cleaning.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 08, 2019, 12:58:58 AM
tested some power grooves. two out of the eight i hauled home are goners but I ain't too sad over it.. having 3 pairs is cool enough in my books.. Hoping to find more eight footers.... I like their power.

on Friday I ordered a 55W SOX ballast and another SOX lamp.. this time a Philips, so I'll have 6 Norelco lamps and a philips.. I'm hoping to collect up at least 10 lamps. Hoping for more like 20 but I'm doing what I can with the resources I'm given. the likelyhood of me finding SOX out in the wild abandoned is very slim since there is no record I've discovered of any SOX around here so all my SOX collecting will have to be done through buying. the only lamps I will specifically target will be 55 watters but if i find an 18 watter for real cheep i might jump on it.. I always like the tiny lamps dunno why.. I'm sure 18 watt sox isn't actually "tiny" though.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 09, 2019, 02:17:01 AM
Replaced 5 EoL 150 Watt HPS parking lot lamps.  Mogul Base.  They likely ran 12 years or so dusk to dawn before going EoL so not too shabby. 

Then went to another building and replaced 3 250 watt HPS bulbs.  1 bulb was possibly a late 70s vintage Sylvania that had sat loose in the socket I believe since it was installed.  Sometimes it worked, most of the time it didn't.  I screwed it in completely and it fired right up.  Decided to let it be.  the pole was hidden by a tree that was removed recently.  Figured this building will get new poles and LED lights in the next 5 years so might as well let her run as long as I can. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 11, 2019, 08:00:37 PM
Impatiently waiting for my /X lamp, 55 watt Sox lamp and ballast to arrive in the mail... Ahhhh


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Edmund Ironside on September 13, 2019, 12:32:12 PM
I work as a electronics salesman, today i sold a bunch of 20W halogen MR11 spotlights from Osram to a nearby store and yesterday i sold a bunch of Radium 36W T8's (german made!). Good times!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on September 13, 2019, 12:40:41 PM
Rigged up a Thorn Beta 79 to test it before possibly mounting it on a wall bracket in the living room (and why not..?!)  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 15, 2019, 11:14:40 AM
Currently have two clear westy lifeguards coming in the mail as well as a BY22D socket for my SOX.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 15, 2019, 03:02:25 PM
Tried testing some light controllers, but no luck.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 15, 2019, 03:10:56 PM
Bummer.

Well yesterday I changed out 6 instant start Sylvania F32T8 0.41 amp ballasts for 6 used Programmed start Sylvania and Philips/Advance F32T8 ballasts, 0.50 amp (philips) and .048 amp (Sylvania)  Still have a few more to do in this building, but the brighter light is nice and the programmed start will extend the life on these tubes in the long run. (in a bathroom with occupancy sensor, and a church kitchen)   


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 15, 2019, 06:49:38 PM
I think I might go attempt to shimmey up an abandoned light post to snatch the BT shaped bulb and photocell

I've been reluctant to because that's honestly too much effort but I'm bored lol


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on September 15, 2019, 07:45:18 PM
Today I installed a new (well, new to me and the fixture anyway!) ballast in my Norelco 135/180 watt SOX streetlight. The original ballast had a loose wire/short in one of the coils. As the lamp would be warming up you could hear a SNAP! and out went the lamp. At one point I actually saw a small blue arc in one of the ballast windings and decided on replacement. The replacement was an eBay find that was used for some sort of science project ! It consisted of the ballast, the cap, 135w lamp and socket and some kind of homemade reflector thing. I made an offer on everything but the home made reflector . I type this under the glow of SOX !


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on September 15, 2019, 11:27:09 PM
Today I installed a new (well, new to me and the fixture anyway!) ballast in my Norelco 135/180 watt SOX streetlight. The original ballast had a loose wire/short in one of the coils. As the lamp would be warming up you could hear a SNAP! and out went the lamp. At one point I actually saw a small blue arc in one of the ballast windings and decided on replacement. The replacement was an eBay find that was used for some sort of science project ! It consisted of the ballast, the cap, 135w lamp and socket and some kind of homemade reflector thing. I made an offer on everything but the home made reflector . I type this under the glow of SOX !
Awesome!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on September 16, 2019, 07:05:04 PM
Thanks !


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 16, 2019, 10:39:09 PM
Today I replaced a fried/burnt CFL 32 Watt ballast.  Philips/Advance only made it maybe.. 2 or 3 years.  Bummer.  And then I changed out about 30 F32T8 3000k for some 25 watt T8 3500k.  It was too bright in that room.  Looks much better now. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 17, 2019, 06:30:39 AM
@RyanF40T12, what kind of fixture was that burnt CFL ballast in? lol... burnt CFL ballasts... I'm very
familiar with that as well, even from when I was a kid.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 17, 2019, 09:00:12 PM
@RyanF40T12, what kind of fixture was that burnt CFL ballast in? lol... burnt CFL ballasts... I'm very
familiar with that as well, even from when I was a kid.

This was a pendant fixture.  4 CFL tubes.  (1 ballast per 2 tubes)  Can handle 26/32/42 watt.  In this room it has 3 pendants, with 4-32 watt 4100k bulbs in each, and a bunch of can lights (26 watt 4100k in the cans)  I use 32 watt 4100k in the pendants but had to get 2- 26 watt 4100k as that is all the nearest hardware store had at that time (they carried 3500k 32 watt but 3500k would look too off)  I'll eventually get the 2 26 watters swapped out for the 32 watt early next year when I can place a large supply order. 

 





Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 17, 2019, 09:07:45 PM
cleaned up a fixture that got some water in it from a leaky roof at one of my church buildings.  Also changed out all the tubes in this room as well from 3000k 32 watt to 3500k 25 watt.  Using this used collection I got from an old church converted over to LED  They work well. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on September 19, 2019, 11:14:32 AM
We're planning on mounting an E40 lamp holder onto a project box, with a flex coming from it to plug directly into the mains or onto a ballast board, but knowing how well we dither it might not get done for a few more days.!  :D

This is so that we can clamp the assembly into a workmate and run lamps that need to be run in the cap up position. :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on September 20, 2019, 02:07:03 PM
We're planning on mounting an E40 lamp holder onto a project box, with a flex coming from it to plug directly into the mains or onto a ballast board, but knowing how well we dither it might not get done for a few more days.!  :D

This is so that we can clamp the assembly into a workmate and run lamps that need to be run in the cap up position. :)

As predicted we didn't get the work done last night...   ::)
But we did get our act together today and have done most of the fabrication, all that is left to be done is to fit a plug to the end of the flex so that it can be used with any of the ballast boards or even plugged straight into a Variac.  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: takemorepills on September 21, 2019, 12:42:35 AM
I've been up to a lot over the past few weeks.

I've been getting lucky with super-mint, NOS C6 Christmas lamps in minty original boxes. Mostly GE stuff from the late 40's. Can't believe the condition of the bulbs!

I've been ordering the appropriate wire and supplies to re-wire my 8 lamp C-6 loop strings to 12 lamp C-6 straight line strings.

I got around to adding a LIFX high-output WiFi RGBW A19 to my GE gumball, and I programmed a "mercury vapor new", "mercury vapor greened-out", "sodium vapor", "metal halide" and "plant light" preset. Works amazingly well, I can run my GE gumball all the time in my office with authentic colors without the heat of a real HID lamp.

Redid my entire office to T8 LED retrofits (42 tubes)

Added Volkswagen-Audi LED cargo lights to the trunk of my Infiniti Q60 (blasphemy!)

Bought a bunch of Osram Lightify RGBW A19's and BR30's for the exterior of our home. I can run custom color scenes for seasons, holidays, birthdays or football games.

Designed a new LED light source for my product line using some new devices from Analog and Samsung, getting the PCB prototyped next week.

Eventually I'll update my gallery!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on September 21, 2019, 01:40:49 AM
Well yesterday, ( Friday), whilst going in for something totally different, I found 3 unused brand new 35 watt SOX in the WEEE lamp bin at our local wholesale!!!, counter guy, and long time friend Jordan, kindly let me have them for free.
Apparently they came from an industrial estate job, it came up in conversation, and whoever was the doofus that removed them DIDN’T Think to check the gear/fuse, that must have been at fault an put more new lamps in!!!!
Oh well, one mans garbage is another’s gold  ::)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 21, 2019, 02:30:20 AM
Today I changed out 2 more ballasts and put in programmed start to replace them.  (In a bathroom with motion/occupancy sensor)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 21, 2019, 08:25:04 AM
Yesterday...
Broke out the Christmas lights :) didn't put anything up, but got the first group ready for putting up..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 21, 2019, 12:25:28 PM
Bruhh... my Philips 25w CMH Self Ballasted Par38 lamp just died. I've been using that lamp daily since sometime in October 2016.
Flipped the switch, 8 quick dim blue flashes and it died. So today I'm on the hunt for 23w and 24w Par38 Self Ballasted CMH lamps.
So basically either GE or Sylvania versions next. For real though, that Par38 served me well for almost 3 years of daily usage
and constant on/off. I'm surprised all 3 of my 20w CMH track lights outlasted it though.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 22, 2019, 03:14:59 PM
Yesterday...
Put up some Christmas lights...so as planned I started a couple weeks earlier than I normally would.
Also did some more testing with light controllers mentioned in an earlier post, and was able to get some activity out of them..


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 22, 2019, 10:20:51 PM
Quote from: GE101R
It's still 95 degrees here.
I don't believe I'd even beable to think about the Christmas lights if it was that hot here (plus there's no way you could crawl around on the roof) .LOL. it was around 70, in the afternoon when I was at a local park, it cooled off & felt quite fall-ish.


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Today, the next group of lights was prepared (but won't be going up til Friday at the earliest, but more likely Sunday. There's a lights meetup on Saturday that I'll probably go to...)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 23, 2019, 10:40:50 AM
Slight off topic... speaking of meet ups... it'd be so awesome if a lighting meet up took place near or
around Dayton Ohio. I've been hoping for one for years, with getting to see the faces behind the names
here on Lighting Gallery. Been on this site for over 9 years now.

Back on subject... currently still looking for self ballasted CMH Par38's on Ebay. I've found plenty of interesting
ones, including from GE.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 26, 2019, 09:55:22 PM
Worked on a Pendant fixture in one of my chapels.  3 fixtures per pole.  3 36 watt PL tubes per fixture.  2 year old Philips ballast failure.  Replaced with a Sylvania/Osram ballast. 

CFL can lights way up high, 2 32 watt CFL tubes per can, will need a 40 ft ladder.  maybe.  We might just let them all burn out first.  When this building was built in 2001, They didn't think things out very well.  They installed about 9 Fluorescent fixtures up at the top as well, however- with a ladder, we can only service 3 of them.  The other 6 have gone EoL, no way to balance a ladder up there without removing all of the bolted down chairs.  so maybe someday down the road when the carpet gets replaced and the chairs are removed for that, and if I am still around, I'll install LED strips up there and hope they last. 



Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on September 26, 2019, 09:56:25 PM
more


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 26, 2019, 10:34:40 PM
Annnnddddd... more Advance Centium ballast failures. lol! I thought about purchasing another Philips Advance F40T12 R.S electronic
ballast recently, but looks like that's not going to happen. The one I had served me well before I installed it into a friends
light fixture, but seeing how these ballasts have failed within a short time frame has completely changed my mind.
Especially those Instant Start centium ballasts.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on September 28, 2019, 06:24:51 AM
Slight off topic... speaking of meet ups... it'd be so awesome if a lighting meet up took place near or
around Dayton Ohio. I've been hoping for one for years, with getting to see the faces behind the names
here on Lighting Gallery. Been on this site for over 9 years now.

I don't see how meeting up with fellow lighting nutters enthusiasts to talk about lights can be thought about as off topic.!  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 29, 2019, 09:12:26 AM
Yesterday..
Went to a lights meetup in the morning.
Put up some Christmas lights in the afternoon.

No plans for anything light-related today.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 30, 2019, 10:23:37 PM
Yesterday..
Picked up a 'Raspberry Pi Zero WH', eventually plan to install 'LightShow Pi' software on it & connect to a SSR board, then it can flash lights to music...or maybe if it supports it I'll go with a P-10 panel & have it display a graph of the music.

Not light related, but in the evening I installed 'Pi-Hole'  on a Raspberry Pi 3a that I already had.
Don't have it ready to go yet, but when I do that one'll be going on my network .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 04, 2019, 10:24:51 AM
Finally got the right ballast to light our baby 18W SOX lamp  ;D 8)

Photos to come later  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 10, 2019, 02:33:45 PM
Two things, we took delivery of our new 135W SOX lamp which will be our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?topic=7785.new#new)   8)

Also we have used the contacts out a regular 2 pin BC holder to repair a B22d-3 one.  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 11, 2019, 03:09:03 PM
Built up the ballast board for our 18W mini SOX lamp 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 12, 2019, 03:35:58 PM
We cut the broken photocell open so that Ria could solder a jumper wire in to bypass it.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 12, 2019, 03:51:39 PM
We cut the broken photocell open so that Ria could solder a jumper wire in to bypass it. 8)
Another bodge, we're good at those  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 14, 2019, 06:53:08 PM
My mother had a table-lamp that the socket got got broken on. I gave it a new socket today. :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 15, 2019, 01:01:33 AM
Today I replaced about 12 2000/2001 vintage Motorola Silver edition 2 lamp .50amp F32T8 ballasts that were still working but am getting a head start on them prior to them going out.  Going to save most of them.  Replaced them with .41 amp Sylvania/Osram ballasts as usual.  Not as bright but these are in areas that don't need the brightness and they will provide good warm light.  (Sylvania 3000k tubes)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 15, 2019, 09:01:34 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
replaced about 12 2000/2001 vintage Motorola Silver edition 2 lamp .50amp F32T8 ballasts <...> Going to save most of them.   
Nice stuff there.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on October 15, 2019, 09:21:38 PM
Motorola ballasts... I've always had an interest in them to a certain extent. Especially in the public library my family use
to go to when I was a kid, in St.louis. (Jamestown library) That library had 3 lamp T8 fixtures in rows, with all of them
using Motorola R.S electronic ballasts. The smaller T8's EOLed the most. They were Sylvania F17T8's, I think. I would
always sit back and watch the bad end light up orange, with orange swirls as well. This is Motorola we're talking here,
so there was mercury migration with all three lamps each time an EOL lamp was involved. Not sure if it killed the ballasts
though... I would always notice all three lamps out shortly afterwards. (A day or two later)
Anyways, back on topic, one of my track lights finally went EOL a couple days ago. Although it's cycling, I got a video of
it struggling to start today. Camera cut out early though... memory full. I'll post that video soon.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 15, 2019, 11:28:03 PM
I like them.  I am going to save a number of them that have lower hours on them. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on October 18, 2019, 09:30:02 PM
Today I cleaned and refinished more parts for the Finned M-1000 w/P.C.  More photos of the progress soon!!!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 21, 2019, 01:14:32 PM
We started to plan out how we will mount our MA/V lamp, so that it's easier to see, our current thinking is to use something like a laboratory stand...

I've just had a sudden flash of inspiration.!!  We could modify a post top lantern to take it. :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 21, 2019, 01:24:16 PM
We started to plan out how we will mount our MA/V lamp, so that it's easier to see, our current thinking is to use something like a laboratory stand...

I've just had a sudden flash of inspiration.!!  We could modify a post top lantern to take it. :)

That might work, although we'd probably have to replace the lampholder, I've not seen many post-tops with E40 holders around  :-\


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 21, 2019, 01:30:53 PM
Also cleaning and starting to polish the reflectors on these.
The Dremel is your friend on these.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 21, 2019, 01:37:38 PM
Never had any luck with a dremel. Personal preference I guess.
For me it's one of the best tools I have ever bought.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 21, 2019, 07:32:20 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
I like them.  I am going to save a number of them that have lower hours on them. 
Save them all!


Quote from: GE101R
LM admirals.jpg
Really like that one :)


Quote from: Mandolin Girl
The Dremel...
Very handy little tool.


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Today's light-related stuff for me...
* Put up some strings of orange & purple lights for Halloween (not connected yet though, and probably won't happen til the weekend since the weather report shows snow for Wed/Thu (hopefully won't be too much since I'll need to get on the roof))

* Converted a set of clear incandescent mini lights to green LED twinkle.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 21, 2019, 08:28:26 PM
Quote from: GE101R
Are you old enough to remember the Christmas lights (bare 25w colored bulbs) that were strung from pole to pole on the main street in your town?   
The nearest town has as long as I can remember done mini's in the trees along their main street, & C9's in some of the other trees (well..used to, its all LED now)

The colored 25w bulbs would look cool, can't remember seeing that anywhere...probably before my time (or atleast before the time I can remember stuff from...)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 22, 2019, 08:53:07 AM
We took delivery of a box of 12 HPS lamps - Hand delivered.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 22, 2019, 05:44:13 PM
Just bought another lantern from ebay  ;D

This (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/35W-SOX-THORN-GAMMA-6-POST-TOP-STREET-LIGHT-LANTERN-GEAR-IN-HEAD-WITH-PHOTOCELL/323955386252?hash=item4b6d3ee78c:g:ZyAAAOSwRyRbIY95) one, that we're going to turn in to a floor lamp. Being a post top, it will be a lot easier than a side entry Beta 5. We're not giving up on it though.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 26, 2019, 03:43:34 PM
So that we could have our MA/V lamp lit in the correct orientation, I clamped a shelf and a bracket together as a support.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 26, 2019, 08:07:08 PM
Went to a lights meetup in the morning (last one of the year)
Put up Christmas lights in the afternoon.

In the evening after dinner, finished connecting up a few things for the Halloween lights, & set the Pi to run the 'show' at scheduled times.
(come late Thursday night, the Pi & controllers will be shut down & lights removed on the weekend)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on October 27, 2019, 09:19:38 PM
I replaced an LED bulb in my bedroom with one of my French-made 100 watt Sylvanias. I felt like having more light and now that the weather is turning cooler, incandescents make a small difference inside by heating the room.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 27, 2019, 10:27:59 PM
2 little things:
* Put up 1 more set of orange lights  for Halloween
* Worked on converting a set of Christmas lights from incandescent to LED


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: RyanF40T12 on October 30, 2019, 12:08:41 AM
Changed out a 16 year old failed Triad T8 ballast.  Also noted now many LED signs and a few fixtures are not liking these single digit temps <evil grin> 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 30, 2019, 06:44:22 PM
Quote from: RyanF40T12
Changed out a 16 year old failed Triad T8 ballast.  Also noted now many LED signs and a few fixtures are not liking these single digit temps <evil grin> 
Quite good getting 16 years out of an electronic ballast.
LOL on the LED signs not working right in that cold (can't blame the things..I wouldn't work right when  it gets that f'ing cold)


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Today's little bit of lighting related do'ings...
More work on converting Christmas lights to LED. (I now have 2 of 3 sets done (just need to add resistors when they arrive.))


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on October 31, 2019, 05:20:04 AM
@RyanF40T12, what's up with the LED signs and fixtures? Is it the gear inside the fixtures failing, or
the actual LED's themselves? I've always thought LED's could handle the cold.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on October 31, 2019, 12:00:04 PM
We took delivery of the Thorn Gamma 6 lantern today, Ria wired it up and it's now in the kitchen as our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?topic=7785.msg65077#msg65077)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on October 31, 2019, 12:56:59 PM
We took delivery of the Thorn Gamma 6 lantern today, Ria wired it up and it's now in the kitchen as our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?topic=7785.msg65077#msg65077)
We also decided to fit a well-used lamp to it, as it's running vertically. I know the 35W lamp is specified as ok running in that position, but it still makes me uncomfortable, and I wasn't about to install the brand new Philips 35W PSG lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=166708) that came with it, so that is now running horizontally on my test board, so we have two lamps of the day today, both SOX  ;D 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on October 31, 2019, 10:47:25 PM
Quote from: suzukir122
@RyanF40T12, what's up with the LED signs and fixtures? Is it the gear inside the fixtures failing, or
the actual LED's themselves? I've always thought LED's could handle the cold.
Allot of those signs are made up of a bunch of smaller individual 'panels'(or boards)...look closely & you can usually tell where some have been replaced because the colors don't quite match.
I've seen something similar to those individual panels used in signs up close - some of the guys who go to the Christmas-light meetups here use them in their displays...In  this case its whats called a "P10-Panel" (10mm spacing between the LEDs). Each panel has IC chips built in for control purposes - you send data telling it which LEDs to light/what color/brightness/etc, and it does it (they also have a 'data out' to  pass data along to another panel if you're connecting multiple together  to form a larger 'sign' (basically so it all acts as if its a single unit))  (really cool stuff btw!)

I have a feeling its the 'electronics part' that doesn't like cold, not the LEDs


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on November 01, 2019, 06:18:15 AM
@Xmaslightguy, seems as if the electronics also don't like the summer heat as well. Multiple lighting fails at several Speedways
near me. Especially the ones lighting outside the main portion of the store, where the HO lamps use to be.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 01, 2019, 10:16:10 AM
We started the clean-up of the Gamma 6, at some point we will take it completely to bits and clean and repaint as much of it as we can.  :)

The ballast was very rusted, so we replaced it (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=2&pid=166740)

Tidied up (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=1&pid=166741) the wiring.

So here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0&pid=166742) it is after that done with the photocell fitted.  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 01, 2019, 05:58:41 PM
After having had the things for eighteen months, we finally got round to putting up the little 6W T5 fittings for above our bed.  :)

Photos to follow tomorrow  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 02, 2019, 09:10:12 AM
As promised yesterday, here are a couple of pictures of the fixtures we put up:

Here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=1&pid=166788) is a picture of them with various members of our Cuddly Tribe.  :D

And here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4633&pos=0&pid=166789) is a close up of the fittings.  :)

Today we've put our Gamma 6 on a shelf in the corner of the living room.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 11, 2019, 09:19:35 AM
In addition to receiving to our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?topic=7785.new#new) we got a box of four self-ballasted 160W mercury lamps. Photos to follow.  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on November 11, 2019, 09:52:24 AM
@Mandolin Girl, are those tungsten filament based mercury lamps? (Of course I'm willing to bet they are)
If not, I've never heard of literal self ballasted mercury lamps before. That would be AWESOME if those
existed.
My move regarding lighting... I moved one of my Sadelite desk lamps into my living room, on my 8 foot table.
It's on the side of the living room my EOL MH track light, and my EOL Par38 MH once illuminated. So my living room
is bright once again, but it's a temporary change. I'll be moving that Sadelite desk lamp back into my bedroom
with the others before the big move out of this apartment.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 11, 2019, 10:01:25 AM
@ suzuki:

Yes they are. Ria's taking photos just now.  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on November 11, 2019, 10:06:54 AM
@Mandolin Girl, are those tungsten filament based mercury lamps? (Of course I'm willing to bet they are)
If not, I've never heard of literal self ballasted mercury lamps before. That would be AWESOME if those
existed.
Really..? You didn't know of self-ballasted MV lamps..? They've been around for years and there are plenty of examples on this site. Here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4839&pos=2&pid=164840) is a GE 120V one  :mv: 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on November 11, 2019, 11:41:51 AM
This topic has been on the off topic board for far too long.

It's been moved.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on November 11, 2019, 11:43:33 AM
This topic has been on the off topic board for far too long.

It's been moved.

Thanks Owen. I believe it was suggested a while back, glad to see it's done :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 12, 2019, 10:40:07 AM
We connected up a porcelain BC holder so that we could have our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=229&pos=0&pid=167367)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 14, 2019, 04:12:43 PM
We received two photo flood lamps in the mail, an Osram (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=1&pid=167461) one and an Atlas (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4632&pos=0&pid=167462) one.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 16, 2019, 11:51:46 AM
Although we did move the spot light at the start of the month, it was only today that we took a photo (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=229&pos=0&pid=167597) of it in its new location.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on November 17, 2019, 12:33:09 AM
The resistors I'd ordered came in this week, so finished with the mini lights I'd started converting to LED awhile back.

Also put up some Christmas lights outside.

Oh and, took down/put away my LED streetlight & the bugzappers for winter


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 18, 2019, 11:48:49 AM
We fitted this (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4720&pos=5&pid=164829) with an ignitor, so that we could run our Iwasaki green MH lamp as our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?topic=7785.0)  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 19, 2019, 01:31:45 PM
Ria is sitting under the glow of our Infraphil (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4632&pos=81&pid=143729) lamp.
She has got a really bad cold and it does help.  8)

So, it's our Lamp of the Day (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=229&pos=0&pid=167778)  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LightsDelight on November 20, 2019, 05:03:40 PM
I probably won't do much today because I can't go in the shed today because its bloody 33 degrees today >:( and ill probably get heat stroke from a small tin shed. I might end up doing a YT video on something idk what tho.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 20, 2019, 05:21:35 PM
Today we took delivery of some NEMA photocell sockets (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4720&pos=0&pid=167836)  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 21, 2019, 01:29:01 PM
Another day, and more goodies for us in the post, today it was these (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4720&pos=1&pid=167889) three bits of interesting lighting history.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 22, 2019, 11:23:33 AM
Today we received an EPROM eraser that had a Philips TUV6 UV-C lamp inside it, here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-167970) it is lit up inside a beer glass to protect us from the radiation.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 23, 2019, 11:06:43 AM
We got a toggle switch in the post today, so we can fit it into this (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4720&pos=8&pid=164829) to short out the igniter that we fitted.  8)
That means we can light HPS lamps that need an igniter :hps:, or short it out for running our MA/V lamp.  :mv:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on November 25, 2019, 11:07:00 PM
Put up some Christmas lights/cords/etc, trying to get it all 'done enough' to be  operational ahead of an approaching snowstorm  which could dump a foot or more of snow (which means basically no more  putting up lights for awhile & 'lights on' day  is Thanksgiving). 
I did get to  that point, finishing up in the evening (after blowing most of the day) as the snow was beginning...

...Then I discovered a  problem with one of my controllers. Ended up replacing a little part in it, which was a pain to do. (and after all that it didn't fix it & turned out to be another problem that was more easily fixed(still a bit of a pain tho) )
All I can say is that little fuker got a fair bit of cussing at it during  said repair job .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on November 26, 2019, 06:21:53 AM
Replaced some 16 watt 2Ds on our coffee shop this morning, and repaired a dead twin batten in our lifeshine bay  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Edmund Ironside on November 26, 2019, 01:56:26 PM
Sold a whole bunch of lamps.
Mostly LED's but also hade a customer buy a couple of halogen candle lamps (last in our stock!). No flourescents today, but a lot of E10 candelabra lamps as Christmas is coming.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on November 26, 2019, 02:03:56 PM
Tried to fire up the project box (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4720&pos=9&pid=164829) we built to switch an ignitor in and out of circuit so the same lampholder could be used for MV and HPS/MH lamps.

Sadly when we first tried it without a lamp in, to see if the ignitor could be heard pulsing, the breaker feeding the power sockets tripped..! Tried again on a circuit fed from another breaker, same result  :-\

Took box to bits and checked wiring, everything seemed in order, but on reassembly, trip..!

Finally tried another ignitor (always good to have spares..!), and problem went away, trouble is this ignitor is a tight fit in the project box, so may have to rethink in the long term, but it's working for now  :)

First lamp to be tried out is our 250W MA/V lamp, trying it cap down as James thinks it will be ok and it's more convenient than trying to set up a lampholder in the cap up position. Photos to follow  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 27, 2019, 08:28:56 AM
First lamp to be tried out is our 250W MA/V lamp, trying it cap down as James thinks it will be ok and it's more convenient than trying to set up a lampholder in the cap up position. Photos to follow  8)
As promised here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-168173) is a link to the photo of the lit lamp.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 28, 2019, 07:53:47 AM
We got a couple of Pickwick candle lamps with external frosting in the post today. Ria will be posting pics later today.  8)

EDIT:
Here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=168300) is a picture of the lamps and their packaging.  :)

For 'Lamp of the Day' here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=229&pos=0&pid=168301) it's lit at less than half voltage.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on November 28, 2019, 03:56:05 PM
Saved 2 400w HPS shoeboxes and about 40 or so F32T8's from a church that was going LED.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on November 28, 2019, 04:19:01 PM
Gardco's?
No, Lithonia's, though i do have 2 Gardco SOX shoeboxes.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on November 28, 2019, 11:25:48 PM
Something had went wrong with one of the the Raspberry Pi's I use for controlling lights...
Between messing with it, and ultimately setting up another to take its place, I wasted multiple hours both today & yesterday.

--
At this point I can't finish putting up lights outside because we got around 12" snow between monday-night/tuesday...but atleast what's up is turn-on-able now.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on November 29, 2019, 02:45:20 PM
We got a delivery from Parcel Force today of three 26W SOX-E lamps that are going to be used as spares for our Gamma 6 (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=1&pid=166805) lantern.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 09, 2019, 07:50:01 AM
Took delivery of 4 NEMA dummy links to replace photocells, some porcelain BC lamp holders, and 2 lovely blue lamps (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4632&pos=0&pid=168983)  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 09, 2019, 11:27:32 PM
Yesterday..
Put up some Christmas lights (shoulda been done before Thanksgiving, but we got a foot of snow mon-night that week (& it was cold the rest of the week), so had to wait for it to warm up & the snow to mostly melt). Also had to six a few sets of mini lights - you know the old "one light goes out, they all go out" thing. And I discovered that one set developed a short :o somewhere in it...that took some detective work & replacing multiple blown fuses to even find which set it was (9 sets connected end-to end, #8 was the bad one, & fuses on multiple sets in the line were blown). I got it back to the the point where sets 1 through 7 are working (by that time it was dark out), then gave up when the freezing wind of a coldfront coming through started up. (it was dinnertime anyway.)

I'm not even going to bother fixing the bad set, just put another set ontop of it & leave it there...it can spend the rest of the season outside unplugged with the fuse door opened .LOL. then when everything comes down it gets labeled & goes to the 'junk lights' pile.

---------
Today..
Put up  4 trees & strung lights in them.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 10, 2019, 06:37:17 AM
Also had to six a few sets of mini lights - you know the old "one light goes out, they all go out" thing. And I discovered that one set developed a short :o somewhere in it...that took some detective work & replacing multiple blown fuses to even find which set it was (9 sets connected end-to end, #8 was the bad one, & fuses on multiple sets in the line were blown). I got it back to the the point where sets 1 through 7 are working (by that time it was dark out), then gave up when the freezing wind of a coldfront coming through started up. (it was dinnertime anyway.)
I think you mean fix :D I find those sets annoying, as it's always a bulb at the end furthest from where you start that's blown!!  ???


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 10, 2019, 10:05:15 AM
We got out our workmate, and clamped Julia (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=9&pid=164374) our Beta 79 to it.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on December 10, 2019, 09:54:19 PM
Won bid on 50 NIB Precision Multiple-Lumatrol 105-130v twist lock photo controls for 20.00 dollars plus ship.

A very good day.

Awesome!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 10, 2019, 11:14:28 PM
Quote from: Mandolin Girl
I think you mean fix :D I find those sets annoying, as it's always a bulb at the end furthest from where you start that's blown!!  ???
Yep I did mean 'fix' .lol. even though I think there was atleast 6 issues needing fixed (didn't get 'em all, been too cold the last 2 evenings for me to feel like going stumbling around on the roof in the dark to do the rest..)

I have ways to not have to go through checking every bulb :) (essentially jumpering over segments of the set)
And depending what type of lights/where its located, sometimes I'll just grab a spare set & put it over the non-working one .lol. much easier/quicker.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on December 11, 2019, 09:07:17 PM
Fixed 3 non-working sets of mini lights. Also replaced some dead bulbs in others, including one I'd stepped on .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 24, 2019, 03:59:12 PM
We took photos of all the lamps that we got from our trip south, and have lit the 36W Super SOX SOX-E lamp that we got from Bubbler Tube. ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 27, 2019, 07:15:22 AM
We got the 90W leak transformer delivered today, so Ria has wired it up to one of the 3' T12 fittings so that we could light our 140W SLI/H lamp.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on December 27, 2019, 07:50:59 AM
We got the 90W leak transformer delivered today, so Ria has wired it up to one of the 3' T12 fittings so that we could light our 140W SLI/H lamp.  8)
And a wonderful sight it is too, photos to follow soon  8) ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Cole D. on December 27, 2019, 08:25:06 AM
Not much this week. But, did order some fun things last week that should be coming in next few days.  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on December 30, 2019, 04:53:25 PM
Spent far too much money on yet more SOX lamps  ;D :a_sox:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on December 30, 2019, 04:55:46 PM
This was yesterday, but I got my first SOX lamp! :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 30, 2019, 04:57:47 PM
This was yesterday, but I got my first SOX lamp! :D
Congratulations.!  ;D Welcome to the SOX club, what type was it.? :) :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on December 30, 2019, 05:00:13 PM
Congratulations.!  ;D Welcome to the SOX club, what type was it.? :) :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox: :a_sox:
Thanks! It's a 90w one, made by Philips. It has a red base. Got it for only $5.00 USD! :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on December 30, 2019, 05:02:01 PM
Thanks! It's a 90w one, made by Philips. It has a red base.
Good one, we expect photos soon..! Do you have the gear to light it..?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on December 30, 2019, 05:06:56 PM
Sadly I don't! The gear will be lots of $$$! I will post a picture later because I reached my daily photo limit!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on December 30, 2019, 07:53:55 PM
I received an early 1960's Westinghouse OV-15 120V 175W mercury vapor with the four side mounted slipfitter bolts and original ballast and glass with "W".
Awesome! NOS? Did it come with a lamp and photocell?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on December 31, 2019, 12:31:46 PM
A courier delivered two street light arms, but we can't put them into use straight away as they need some work done to them first.  :(

So it will be out with the trusty hacksaw to modify them a bit. We might have to enlist the help of a friendly welder to finish the work though. :-\


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Cole D. on January 01, 2020, 12:09:31 PM
Wired a cord up to my new AEL NEMA head and tested it out with lamp and photocell.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: monkeyface on January 02, 2020, 01:24:57 AM
Cut down an double arm 10m steel pole after a car hit in the morning of the new year. It was tilted and cracked and both lanterns were about to fall down on a busy main road.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Silverliner on January 02, 2020, 03:21:50 AM
Bought up some US assembled Sylvania LED bulbs at a reduced price. Knowing the factory had closed.

Lit up the pair of brand new Philips F40T12 Neutral Deluxe lamps I got for 50c apiece. Works great.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 02, 2020, 11:01:57 AM
Bought up some US assembled Sylvania LED bulbs at a reduced price. Knowing the factory had closed.
A factory making LED light bulbs closing.! Now there's a shock  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 03, 2020, 03:28:52 PM
The postman was a busy boy today, he brought a Thorn Leopard 28W 2D fitting, and a box of switches for building up lamp display boards. Plus several non lighting related items.  :)

And we have had two courier deliveries, one with our 180W SOX (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4840&pos=2&pid=170469) lamp, and the other was a package with a Philips L5090 BX 90W SOX ballast, and a Philips L5080BX ballast for 80W Mercury lamps  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 04, 2020, 11:40:36 AM
We've cleaned up a couple of T12 tube connectors, so that we can run up our 140 SLI/H lamp.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 05, 2020, 06:22:27 PM
Ria checked that the SOX ignitor had enough oomph to get the 18W SOX lamp running on an 18W fluorescent ballast at 230V.  :)

It does, so we can build up a lamp board for our good friend Bubbler Tube.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 05, 2020, 09:47:51 PM
Took down some Christmas lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 06, 2020, 08:33:22 AM
The post man brought the SOX-E 66W lamp I ordered before Christmas.  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 08, 2020, 07:28:26 AM
Today we got lots of lampses.! ;D

The long awaited magenta 250W MH lamp.
Two photo flash bulbs, dating from WW2.
400W GEC MB/U lamp with a bonus of 3 400W HPS lampses.

Ria has posted pics of most of them.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 09, 2020, 04:16:30 PM
We got the 18W fluorescent ballast that I had ordered today, so we'll be able to build up another board for an 18W SOX lamp... :)

That is once we have bought more planks of wood.!  :D


Title: Re: What did you do todayThorn Leopard lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 11, 2020, 11:48:19 AM
We installed the Thorn Leopard (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=0&pid=171109) 2D fitting in the kitchen today.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 14, 2020, 06:40:03 AM
We got the MES lamp holders today, so we have got one of the Bubble Tubes (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4721&pos=11&pid=170361) wired up and lit, there will be pictures later today.  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 15, 2020, 06:49:16 AM
The postman brought the five little neon indicator lamps that I bought on eBay, and there was a bonus lamp included, so I have six.  ;D

Next we will have to find some of the proper SCC holders so that we can light them.  :)

Plus we need to get the proper value of resistors so that they don't get POPPED  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 15, 2020, 02:11:48 PM
Charged up and tested the 8W T5 emergency lighting fixture (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=3&pid=171297) that we are going to be installing in our hallway soon.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 17, 2020, 08:01:09 AM
The postman brought our latest SOX lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4840&pos=1&pid=171403).  ;D

Plus four more of the bubble tubes.  :)


EDIT: Link to photo of SOX lamp added


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 18, 2020, 11:39:34 AM
The ballast (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4710&pos=1&pid=171471) that we needed for our 180W SOX lamp arrived today, so we will be able to get it lit.  :)

At a future date we will have a mass lighting of all the standard wattages right from 18 through to 180, which will be 503 watts and just short of 80,000 lumens.!! 8) 8) 8)

It's going to be BRIGHT.!!  :D

We have now got the lamp lit, pictures will follow later on...

Now where did I put my sunglasses.?  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on January 18, 2020, 04:21:55 PM
Replaced a single tube 36w T8 fluorescent fitting with a 2x58w T8 weatherpack for increased brightness.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 18, 2020, 04:25:14 PM
Replaced a single tube 36w T8 fluorescent fitting with a 2x58w T8 weatherpack for increased brightness.
That'll do it.!  :D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 18, 2020, 04:26:24 PM
Did a discharge test on our Ansell emergency light fitting (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=3&pid=171297). I took my eye off the ball so not quite sure exactly how long it ran for, but it was at least 4 to 5 hours.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on January 18, 2020, 04:27:19 PM
That'll do it.!  :D
Yep its gone from 2850lm (36w Halophosphate lamp) to 10400lm (2x 5200lm Triphosphate 58w tubes) 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 18, 2020, 04:29:44 PM
Yep its gone from 2850lm (36w Halophosphate lamp) to 10400lm (2x 5200lm Triphosphate 58w tubes) 8)
Wait until we get our multiple SOX lamps lit at nearly 80,000 lm


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Beta 5 on January 18, 2020, 04:34:55 PM
Wait until we get our multiple SOX lamps lit at nearly 80,000 lm
You can never have too much light  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 18, 2020, 04:41:10 PM
You can never have too much light  ;D
Certainly not if it's LPS 8) :a_sox:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HPS_250 on January 18, 2020, 07:38:40 PM
I opened my disconnected fluorescent wraparound fixture and now I’m waiting for my grounded power cord to arrive so I can wire it up. I also went to a parking lot to take photos of MV wallpacks.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HPS_250 on January 18, 2020, 09:34:42 PM
Nice street light that you got!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HomeBrewLamps on January 19, 2020, 12:00:55 AM
I received a pair of earlier LED lamps for collection purposes.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 19, 2020, 05:46:55 PM
Made a mounting board to put our 140W SLI/H linear sodium lamp on. It's only a temporary solution, so we'll post photos once the job is complete.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on January 25, 2020, 01:42:25 PM
I'm posting posting this from a lights meetup...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 27, 2020, 07:43:07 PM
Replaced the last (replaceable) LED lamp in one of the cupboards with a CFL. We don't have any incandescents of the right wattage spare, but as soon as we get some, we'll replace that as well.

Also ordered a new 16W 2D fixture to go in the other cupboard where the last remaining LED fixture lurks, its days are numbered, then this place will be an LED-free zone  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on January 28, 2020, 10:21:47 AM
18w fluorescent lamp of a under-cabinet light in my kitchen went eol today. It was German made 835 that had done 5 years of daily use. Replaced it with another similar lamp.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on January 31, 2020, 04:28:10 PM
Mounted 2 MES lamp holders on either end of a shelf for the bubble tubes (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0&pid=172257).  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on January 31, 2020, 05:21:21 PM
Spent £63 at B+Q on an upgrade to my kitchen unit lighting!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: F96T12 DD VHO on January 31, 2020, 05:32:14 PM
I bought more lights for my studio on Amazon.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on January 31, 2020, 05:46:57 PM
Spent £63 at B+Q on an upgrade to my kitchen unit lighting!
We spent just under £50 at B&Q as well, on supplies to build more ballast boards, wire in the recently purchased emergency light, and wire up an 8W T5 fitting in the cupboard where we keep most of our lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: AngryHorse on January 31, 2020, 06:19:18 PM
You always hear people here slagging off B+Q, but I think their just getting better and better!, (for our US members, B+Q is the UKs largest hardware store), their quality of lighting product’s, and the verity you get now, in the larger stores is way better than it was 10 years ago!
Their even stocking spares now too!, I got 10 x GU10 Lamp holders just on their own, at the Trafford branch this afternoon, spare GU10s were unheard of at B+Q just a few years ago!, you would have had to order them on line at a lightning supplier!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LightsDelight on February 01, 2020, 11:01:47 AM
A good mate of mine came around to my place to drop off some fittings I bought off him and had a 'play' with them ;)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on February 02, 2020, 09:12:22 PM
Tested a 0-10v dimmerswitch I got from eBay. Have a 2nd one to test as well.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on February 03, 2020, 04:44:21 PM
Received a Thorn Leopard 16W 2D fitting to install in the cupboard where our gas and electricity meters live. There's a [censored] LED in there right now, so once this is done, we will finally be an LED-free zone  ;D

Edit 06/02/2020: That's done now, see here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=1&pid=172505)  8) ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: migette1 on February 09, 2020, 01:48:30 PM
You always hear people here slagging off B+Q, but I think their just getting better and better!, (for our US members, B+Q is the UKs largest hardware store), their quality of lighting product’s, and the verity you get now, in the larger stores is way better than it was 10 years ago!
Their even stocking spares now too!, I got 10 x GU10 Lamp holders just on their own, at the Trafford branch this afternoon, spare GU10s were unheard of at B+Q just a few years ago!, you would have had to order them on line at a lightning supplier!


Someone tell B&Q to checkout their potting composts it resulted in killing many of my plants, seems the makers of these composts can add any crap from household waste including grass clippings which had been treated with weed killer. B&Q was modelled on Home Depot almost direct copy.....if you grow plants in UK go to somewhere where they do not add CRAP or a mineral type of growing medium and some cat litters are okay....good luck!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on February 11, 2020, 04:38:01 PM
Installed our Emergency light fitting (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=11&pid=171297) above the front door. It's wired to a spur point next to a double 13A socket in the hall, with a key test switch next to it. Photos unlit (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=2&pid=172829), lit (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=0&pid=172831) and the test switch (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=172832).
The green power on LED is bright enough to serve as a night light if we need to go to the loo in the middle of the night  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on February 13, 2020, 10:08:18 AM
A double entry, didn't get time yesterday to post (ok I forgot..!)

Yesterday: Received some lamps in the post, a 26W Philips SOX-E lamp from eBay and a nice big box from Andy (589) containing a clear 100W MV lamp, a 35W HPS lamp (which doesn't like our UK ballast, unfortunately, but that's something we can work on), a Westinghouse Lifeguard 100W MV with A23 bulb, and a 50-100-150W 3-way incandescent and lampholder  ;D

Photos to follow  ;D :mv: :hps: :lps: :bulbman:

Today's entry: FINALLY got around to mounting our Thorn Gamma 6 (aka Gemma) on a pole in the corner of the living room, again photos to follow  :lps: ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on February 13, 2020, 03:41:56 PM
Today's entry: FINALLY got around to mounting our Thorn Gamma 6 (aka Gemma) on a pole in the corner of the living room, again photos to follow  :lps: ;D

And here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=1&pid=172905) is the picture of the finished installation.  :lps: :bulbman:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on February 21, 2020, 06:13:15 PM
How come nobody else is posting on this thread..? We don't want to get accused of hogging it, come on people, what have you been doing..?

Today we made up a display board for our newly acquired 10W SOX lamp, boy did it cause us problems, but hopefully it's ok now, why is it things always take at least 3 times as long as you expect them to..?  ::) :lps:

Pictures to follow  :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on February 21, 2020, 07:24:03 PM
Ok, it's not today necessarily but I took a look at the lights at my uncle's house last Saturday. Replaced an EOL lamp, removed another and unplugged the light (magnetic RS ballast - he doesn't have the time and it's still plenty bright in there without it, told him to plug it back in if he gets another lamp), and scheduled the lights in his elevator for repair.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on March 15, 2020, 12:23:58 PM
Last thursday I replaced the fluorescent lamp above my kitchen window. Old Philips TL-D 18w 827 had gone eol. The new lamp was nos Aura light 830. It worked fine for couple of evenings and was even quite bright but this morning I noticed there is something wrong with it. It still starts easily but stays dim and flickery like never warming up properly no matter how long it runs and it's in room temp. I wonder if it's contaminated or something.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on March 15, 2020, 02:44:11 PM
Made another display board for 18W SOX lamps. The old one we had we gave to member Bubbler Tube, so we needed another one  :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 24, 2020, 07:10:03 PM
Removed the 2 existing normal lightswitches in my bedroom & replaced them with 3 switches... 2x 0-10v dimmers + 1x normal. Quite a pain in the a-ss.
Now I just need to swap out the ballasts in the light with dimmable ones...but that's a job for another day.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on March 25, 2020, 12:29:21 PM
We received two PAR38 self-ballasted CMH lamps today.  8)

This (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=175119) is a picture of one of them lit.  :par:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on March 25, 2020, 12:38:39 PM
Swapped out ballasts (and lamps) in the previously mentioned fixture. Job is complete now. Love it already ")
(Pic's will be posted sometime later.)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on March 29, 2020, 05:49:27 PM
Today I spent the afternoon cleaning streetlights ! I cleaned one of the 3- OV-10's , My Joslyn MV141 Spaceship (photos to follow) , and last but not least, the OV-25 shortie. :mvcobra: :mvcobra: :mvcobra:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 02, 2020, 12:17:33 PM
Today we made up a ballast board for our 140W SLI/H lamp. It also has an E27 lampholder and changeover switch so that we can use the same ballast to run spectral lamps, which we hope to get some of soon  ;D

Photos to follow  8)

Hmmm, it's just occurred to me there isn't an icon for SLI/H lamps, they don't have a U bend like SOX lamps, so this :lps:  isn't any good  :lol:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on April 02, 2020, 01:41:38 PM
While Ria was building up the ballast board for our SLI/H lamp, I screwed together a storage box for our long lamps. It does the job of keeping them neat, but it would have been a whole lot better if I had paid attention when transposing measurements from feet and inches to metric, so the box is 200mm shorter than it should be and I've had to adapt to an open ended design.  :curse:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on April 02, 2020, 06:01:18 PM
I accidentally set an EOL incandescent bulb on fire and the outcome was pretty cool (Might post pics later).


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 02, 2020, 06:05:15 PM
Quote from: High Intensity
I accidentally set an EOL incandescent bulb on fire and the outcome was pretty cool (Might post pics later).
This needs to become a YouTube video :o


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on April 02, 2020, 06:15:54 PM
I accidentally set an EOL incandescent bulb on fire and the outcome was pretty cool (Might post pics later).
Ok, now I need to know how you managed to do this, accidentally on top of it.  :lol:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on April 02, 2020, 06:28:16 PM
I was microwaving it (in a scrap microwave i have) and the base caught fire, melting the glass near the base (i was expecting it to explode, not melt).

I was able to do it to a few more and they look pretty cool.

You can see the aftermath here. (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0&pid=175604)

I did record the microwave melting the bulbs, but i still need to review the videos and then i may post them.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on April 04, 2020, 03:50:50 PM
With some of the MDF I had left over from building the lamp box I made the other day I constructed a plinth to put the pole for Gemma (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4991&pos=5&pid=172911) on.  :)

So now we can get the speakers we were using as a plinth into the kitchen and put them up...  :)

That is once I find the [censored] brackets that we bought...  :curse:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 04, 2020, 04:02:53 PM
As promised, here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0&pid=175726) is a photo of the ballast board we built for our 140W SLI/H lamp.

Thanks to lightingguy1994 for the lovely SLI icon  :sli: :sli: :sli:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 04, 2020, 04:25:34 PM
Not today, but last lighting-related thing I did was mount 8 T5 lampholders & a ballast on a board to make a 4xF8T5 'fixture'.
Originally tested with standard F8 lamps, then my G8T5's arrived yesterday, so I put 3 of those in.
I now have something that'll be used to sterilize any items I order online before they're allowed in the house.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Roi_hartmann on April 05, 2020, 04:47:56 AM
I found pile of old Idman mv flight obstruction lights. All of them are in pretty bad shape after tens of years of outdoor weather and rought removal but I think I will manage to assemble one complete unit. Will post pic when it's ready.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Cole D. on April 05, 2020, 11:53:41 AM
Nothing today, yet yesterday I went through some of my bulbs and sockets. Plus I wired up my GE NEMA and tested my Sylvania GTE bulb in it.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on April 05, 2020, 05:47:34 PM
I unloaded the 8 cobra heads I got yesterday from member LightDragon . Thanks Ben !!! :bulbman:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 05, 2020, 07:10:14 PM
Tested (and gave a cleaning to) the AEL 115 I'd had sitting in a closet since 2018.
It'll now go to the attic for storage.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 07, 2020, 12:40:23 PM
Yesterday, Sammi managed to glue together most of the bits of the mogul 3-way lampholder (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=175866) we received after it had been shattered in transit (totally useless packing by the seller  :curse:) and today I wired it up so we can test the 3-way red neck lamps (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=15&pid=175112) on our Variac. It was a bit awkward to do, but between us we fixed it  ;D :inc:

It's not a perfect solution, but it will do for testing the lamps until we get a replacement lampholder.

Photos later  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Mandolin Girl on April 11, 2020, 11:15:32 AM
Yesterday, Sammi managed to glue together most of the bits of the mogul 3-way lampholder (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=175866) we received after it had been shattered in transit (totally useless packing by the seller  :curse:) and today I wired it up so we can test the 3-way red neck lamps (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=15&pid=175112) on our Variac. It was a bit awkward to do, but between us we fixed it  ;D :inc:

It's not a perfect solution, but it will do for testing the lamps until we get a replacement lampholder.

Photos later
 8)
And here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=176040) it is.  :inc:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 11, 2020, 07:08:11 PM
Not today, but earlier this week..
I have a set of those old 12v garden lights out in the yard...its been unplugged ever since 2016 when one of the lights in the frontyard got run over by someone. (didn't realize it'd been that long!)
I made some repairs, starting with the light in frontyard (surprisingly not broken, just knocked apart & wires pulled out). I moved 2 other lights in the front.
In the backyard there was a damaged wire, another wire connection pulled apart, & a light that'd been removed from its spot & taken apart while doing some yard upgrades. All of those got fixed.
There were also a few dead bulbs. Multiple of the lights also got converted to LED as part of the repairs & upgrades.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on April 12, 2020, 10:27:20 AM
I improved my backyard M250R2 installation. Before it was only about 7 feet high and mounted on a saggy yardblaster arm. Now I increased the height by about 4 feet by adding a new section of post on top of the old one and reinforcing the yardblaster arm. Now it doesn't sag and it lights the whole yard. I also came to the realization that when installed like this, 50w mercury vapor really isn't that bright. Pictures will be coming soon.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 15, 2020, 08:11:07 PM
Today I replaced a Feit 15w 5000K LED filament lamp that turned into a flashing light show... Only lasted about a little more than a year. Replaced it with a 75w incandescent. It's only temporary unfortunately, it's my dad's room and he wants LED and it'll be gone by tomorrow when my dad gets a new LED lamp for the light. The lamp is mine, though so it will go back into my collection.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: takemorepills on April 15, 2020, 08:12:27 PM
Ordered a 55W SOX lamp. Cause everyone needs more SOX


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 15, 2020, 08:18:31 PM
One of my aquarium lights wasn't working. Took it apart to try & figure out why (lamp was fine). Turns out it was the starter...just simply .dead.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Lumex120 on April 16, 2020, 10:09:56 AM
Today I replaced a Feit 15w 5000K LED filament lamp that turned into a flashing light show... Only lasted about a little more than a year. Replaced it with a 75w incandescent. It's only temporary unfortunately, it's my dad's room and he wants LED and it'll be gone by tomorrow when my dad gets a new LED lamp for the light. The lamp is mine, though so it will go back into my collection.
I really like those Feit LED filament lamps but I really don't like how hit or miss their lifespan seems to be.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 16, 2020, 11:34:56 AM
Ordered a 55W SOX lamp. Cause everyone needs more SOX
Can't have too many :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps: :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on April 16, 2020, 04:19:10 PM
Took down a homebuilt LED 'fixture' & a homebuilt  fluorescent 'fixture' plus multiple sets of Christmas lights in my bedroom (allot of that stuff had been there for atleast a decade..some of it probably close to 2 :lol: )


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LampLover on April 17, 2020, 04:40:44 PM
Ordered a 55W SOX lamp. Cause everyone needs more SOX

This true I am always running low on SOX as my dryer seems to eat most of them. Oops not that kind of SOCKS SOX the Low Pressure Sodium lamp. I would love to get one of those. In Connecticut the Merit Parkway (AKA Route 15) has a tunnel in the New Haven area and that tunnel is lit entirely with SOX/LPS lamps they look pretty long so I think they are of the 180W variety. However they are not very well maintained these days with quite a few out and dim & burning a neon red color.

Anyway what I did today lighting wise I found a vintage recessed fluorescent fixture that was in the bulk scrap metal area in the apartment complex where I live. I opened it up and as I expected the original rapid start ballast was replaced for a POS Advance instant start for the cheap Philips LED "tubes" that were installed just 6 months prior to the fixtures being scrapped. They were replaced by LED fixtures with unserviceable/obtainable parts.

I will post pictures later when I get a chance


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 18, 2020, 06:59:09 AM
This true I am always running low on SOX as my dryer seems to eat most of them.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LampLover on April 19, 2020, 02:14:47 PM
This true I am always running low on SOX as my dryer seems to eat most of them. Oops not that kind of SOCKS SOX the Low Pressure Sodium lamp. I would love to get one of those. In Connecticut the Merit Parkway (AKA Route 15) has a tunnel in the New Haven area and that tunnel is lit entirely with SOX/LPS lamps they look pretty long so I think they are of the 180W variety. However they are not very well maintained these days with quite a few out and dim & burning a neon red color.

Anyway what I did today lighting wise I found a vintage recessed fluorescent fixture that was in the bulk scrap metal area in the apartment complex where I live. I opened it up and as I expected the original rapid start ballast was replaced for a POS Advance instant start for the cheap Philips LED "tubes" that were installed just 6 months prior to the fixtures being scrapped. They were replaced by LED fixtures with unserviceable/obtainable parts.

I will post pictures later when I get a chance

OK Pictures (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=2069) Posted
also I think the New Haven area Merit Parkway (Route 15) fixtures are not being maintained is because sometime ago I found out there is a project in the works to replace that tunnel (which is very much needed as the roof is starting to collapse) so traffic will be re routed to a temporary detour and I assume the new tunnel will be lit with LED fixtures. Of course all of this is now on hold due the COVID-19 thing


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 19, 2020, 03:10:12 PM
Not much today, just remade some connections on one of our lamp display boards.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: takemorepills on April 20, 2020, 08:44:16 PM
Lowe's was clearing out their stock of GE F40T12BLB lamps for $1.98 each.
I bought the last case of them.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 27, 2020, 06:56:51 AM
Yesterday we re-made the display board (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=177188) for our little 10W SOX lamp, aka Tiny Tim  8)  :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on April 27, 2020, 10:32:22 PM
Yesterday we re-made the display board (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=177188) for our little 10W SOX lamp, aka Tiny Tim  8)  :lps:

  :lol: I AM NOT ! :lol:

My lighting project for today was installing my new mount for my Wide-lite. The new mount is MUCH STURDIER than the previous one plus, it's now centered with the roof line (the old pole was about 1 foot off-center). I also transferred the RAB Area Light JR from it's previous location on the wall to it's new location which is mounted directly to the 2" galvanized pipe of the new mount. Once I finish re-installing the siding and finish all the wiring, I'll post some photos .


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on April 28, 2020, 06:42:25 AM
:lol: I AM NOT ! :lol:
Don't blame me, it was Sammi's idea, she names everything  :lol: :cat:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Proteus on April 28, 2020, 08:41:20 AM
Today I'm going to run two Philips CDO-TT 250W/830 and a CDM-T 70W/830 which I found in the recycling bin :)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: wide-lite 1000 on April 28, 2020, 09:16:27 PM
Don't blame me, it was Sammi's idea, she names everything  :lol: :cat:

 :lol:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 04, 2020, 10:54:43 PM
Replaced a few burnt out bulbs in my parents pinball machine. (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5164.0;attach=8866)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 05, 2020, 11:03:36 PM
Finished cutting down a repainting a 4ft shop light reflector to fit a 3ft strip light, and mounted said light over my workbench.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on May 06, 2020, 12:12:14 PM
Got a case of 1985 Philips 70w BT-25 HPS lamps from eBay today.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: CEB1993 on May 07, 2020, 09:47:41 PM
Yesterday, I replaced the rear marker lights in my Subaru with Sylvania 2825 incandescents. These bulbs are made in Italy and are brighter versions of the 194 incandescents, so now my tail lights have a nice sparkle at night.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 08, 2020, 08:26:49 AM
Yesterday we tested our 10W SOX lamp (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=0&pid=177188) on a more suitable ballast, seems to be ok  :lps: 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 16, 2020, 12:29:07 PM
Currently running this (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=12633&pos=0&pid=178288) US spec 100W MV lamp on an 80W ballast to see how it compares with the 70W HPS ballast we ran it on last time. Seems ok, lamp current and voltage aren't that far off  :mv: 8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LightsDelight on May 16, 2020, 08:08:09 PM
Run the lamp off 2 50W chokes in parallel then I and V will be spot on.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: monkeyface on May 17, 2020, 02:35:29 AM
Retrofitted some certain pendant fixtures at my girlfriends house... from LED to Halogen... for better light effects...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 17, 2020, 08:33:02 AM
Run the lamp off 2 50W chokes in parallel then I and V will be spot on.
50W MV or 50W HPS..? In any case I'd have to get some, don't have any 50W ballasts of any type spare  :-\


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LightsDelight on May 17, 2020, 08:34:04 AM
MV :mv:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 17, 2020, 08:34:52 AM
Ok, I'll give that a try once I can get a couple of ballasts.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on May 17, 2020, 01:42:04 PM
It was a plumbing-related project, but doing it required getting into lights....

Yesterday I replaced a shut-off valve in the basement (opposite side of the room shown in   this pic  (http://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-156380). Doing so required un-installing one of the lights & taking a couple others apart. (the reason the lights are where they are in that room is because pipes run along the same space, so it works out well).

The valve part was all done yesterday (a simple project really). But I left the lights overnight, then put everything back today.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: SodiumCapital on May 22, 2020, 03:10:30 PM
Today at my Home Depot where I work, I relamped a 4 ft T12 fixture on display and removed some dead T8s from a troffer display to prep them for relamping as well when we settle on how to get new tubes. We are gonna have to use product T12s and T8s from off the shelf since we don't have any spares put away for displays. These displays never really get serviced anymore. Another 3 fixtures do not have lamps in them and require them according to the bay's design. Including one 8 foot T12 strip light! I also bought a clearance value pack of 7W night light bulbs for a dollar and 3 cents for the house. And finally, relamped my brother's ceiling fan cause the LED lamp in it died a couple of days ago. I replaced it with a CREE 4000K lamp. The old lamp was a EcoTech 3000K that came with the ceiling fan. Lasted about a year and a half. The room looks better in 4000K light anyway!

Once we actually get to relamping the fixtures at work, I'll take before and after photos. Who knows when we can focus on it though. We have much bigger fish to fry atm.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on May 23, 2020, 06:06:45 PM
Rewired my display board for 90W SOX lamps  :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on May 23, 2020, 06:24:02 PM
I lit up one of my Philips-Westinghouse 70w HPS BT-25s. Not as much blue in the start-up as I had hoped but still cool.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on May 23, 2020, 08:52:15 PM
Relamped a slimline fixture in my parent's garage that has been dead for as long as i can remember. It had a dead GE bulb from September of either '88 or '98, and a dead Philips bulb from January of '89. They moved in in 2000 so i'm willing to bet the fixture has never been relamped during our time here.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on June 07, 2020, 12:46:22 PM
Rewired a display board for SO/H and SOI/H lamps using a Philips L4045 leak transformer ballast. This ballast is quite versatile as it will run pretty much anything that requires 0.6A, so that includes 35W & 55W SOX, also 36W SOX-E as well as the older 45W/60W/85W SO/H and SOI/H lamps. Photos later  :lps:

08/06/20 - Here is the finished board (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-179770) 8) :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on June 07, 2020, 01:19:22 PM
I retired some lamps from use today. A Philips PL-S 13w/841 (Mexico - 1998), Regent F13TT 6400K (2001 - China - first working PL I ever got that has been through a lot of experiments and is now near EOL), and a Abco F7TT27K (UAE - 1991).


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Meme Pods on June 10, 2020, 07:04:34 PM
Got scammed


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on June 11, 2020, 06:57:42 AM
Got scammed
Ouch  :o  That doesn't sound good, what happened..?  :'(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on June 11, 2020, 01:13:13 PM
Not today, but a couple days ago...

Replaced an EOL lamp in a bugzapper. Then I found the starter was also stuck, so took it apart to get at that...when I had it apart, I noticed the HV transformer for the zapping grid was fried, so sadly the unit is shot now. :(


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Bulbman256 on June 12, 2020, 04:46:05 PM
Went ahead and made sure everything is prepped for the movers today before they packed up my collection.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on June 13, 2020, 11:24:12 AM
Started the mammoth task of sorting out our collection, we got as far as organising the crates with the HPS and MH lamps in, then my glasses broke (they got knocked off the shelf and one of the lenses fell out) so we're having to take a break while we see if they are repairable  :-\


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on June 13, 2020, 07:35:59 PM
Picked up some stuff from the San Jose Restore, nothing too interesting other than a Philips 100w US-made incandescent, another Feit 'Fire Starter' LED (my 3rd lamp of this type), and way too many fluorescent starters (roughly 2 dozen assorted Regent FS-22/FS-4/FS-5 starters plus a few generic FS-2B starters). On the other not exactly lighting-related hand, i also picked up a white P&S 4-Way? spec grade toggle switch.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Meme Pods on June 13, 2020, 07:36:34 PM
I got some awesome 90w buglights


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on June 13, 2020, 07:56:49 PM
I installed an awesome ceiling light fixture I just got from fellow member paintballer22. Great 80s style fixture looks made for where I put it. Thank you, my friend!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on June 13, 2020, 08:00:23 PM
Nothing 'real', but did do some experiments with running F32/F40 fluorescents on incandescent as a ballast .lol.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on June 13, 2020, 09:40:48 PM
I changed a lamp for my uncle. We also discussed future plans for some of the fluorescent lights in his house. He gave me a box of incandescents that I'll post later.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on June 13, 2020, 09:46:09 PM
I'm mounting an instant assembling hight mast lighting post kit, for if you need lighting you can assamble the kit for an hour or less. For a cost of about 13 bucks each kit. I'll post the kit list.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on June 14, 2020, 07:19:35 AM
We'll be carrying on with the tidying of our collection, we really need to get all the incandescents that don't have wrappers organised  :bulbman: :inc:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 02, 2020, 02:16:03 PM
Today I finally changed the flickering LED lamp in my garage with a new one. Hopefully it lasts!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 02, 2020, 02:35:57 PM
Today I finally changed the flickering L*D lamp in my garage with a new one. Hopefully it lasts!
Put an incandescent in ;) :P


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 02, 2020, 02:44:27 PM
Put an incandescent in ;) :P

But I'm the one who doesn't pay for the bills so... Which means if I do install an incandescent, I will get a  :slap: from my parents. :lol:

Here in California, electricity is expensive so that's why I installed another LED.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 02, 2020, 02:47:05 PM
But I'm the one who doesn't pay for the bills so... Which means if I do, I will get a  :slap: from my parents. :lol:

Here in California, electricity is expensive so that's why I installed another LED.
If that's the case, put a halogen or a CFL, but CFLs looks ugly in some lamps.  ;D


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 02, 2020, 02:50:21 PM
There were CFLs in the light previously (light has covers so our eyes don't hurt from seeing the CFLs in there) but LED lamps were bought and installed in 2018.

Also halogen would be a big no as well. We still have one in use, but it's used rarely.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 02, 2020, 03:01:22 PM
There were CFLs in the light previously (light has covers so our eyes don't hurt from seeing the CFLs in there) but LED lamps were bought and installed in 2018.

Also halogen would be a big no as well. We still have one in use, but it's used rarely.
Sadly your only option are L*Ds. I'll reccomend to you FSL and Great vaule L*D bulbs, have a good quality, and a decent lifespan. I put many halogen bulbs two moths ago, and still not slap from parents.  :lol:

L*Ds may look cheap to operate, but when the L*D effects starts to appear in you the doctor will not be cheap. A clear example is the effect of the excessive blue light in your eyes.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 02, 2020, 03:09:19 PM
But I'm the one who doesn't pay for the bills so... Which means if I do install an incandescent, I will get a  :slap: from my parents. :lol:

Here in California, electricity is expensive so that's why I installed another LED.

I'll be willing to bet it's not as expensive as it is here..! I do pay the bills here, and I still wouldn't touch L*D if I got the electricity for free  :sick:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 02, 2020, 03:18:31 PM
I'll be willing to bet it's not as expensive as it is here..! I do pay the bills here, and I still wouldn't touch L*D if I got the electricity for free  :sick:
I'll also bet that yours is not expensive as here. Electricity company raise the price in summer and in witer, because pleople uses the electric heaters and the A/Cs.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 02, 2020, 10:55:13 PM
Just bought THREE Par38 Self Ballasted Metal Halides... GE 23 Watters. I've also just purchased a supposed heat resistant 3 in 1 socket splitter.
The goal is for me to try and use these in my ceiling fan in my bedroom. If those Par38's hang too low, I'll be installing them (with the socket
splitter) in the garage above my car and motorcycle temporarily.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 03, 2020, 04:44:02 AM
I'll also bet that yours is not expensive as here. Electricity company raise the price in summer and in witer, because pleople uses the electric heaters and the A/Cs.
So what is your tariff..? Ours is 32.772p for the first 2kWh each day, 17.718p / kWh thereafter. Not sure what that is in your currency.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Medved on July 03, 2020, 04:57:51 AM
So what is your tariff..? Ours is 32.772p for the first 2kWh each day, 17.718p / kWh thereafter. Not sure what that is in your currency.

The question should be: How long has an average person work for that 1kWh?
It is quite a difference, if that is 15 seconds vs a few minutes...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 03, 2020, 05:16:16 AM
That wasn't the question I asked. If I wanted to know that, I would have asked that. I want to know how much my bill is going to be, not how long I have to work to get the money. Besides, I'm retired, so I don't work at all any more.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on July 03, 2020, 09:46:54 AM
Yesterday..installed & wired up a pair of dimmable ballasts in an empty 2xF32 fixture.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 03, 2020, 01:40:47 PM
So what is your tariff..? Ours is 32.772p for the first 2kWh each day, 17.718p / kWh thereafter. Not sure what that is in your currency.
Our tariff is of about CLP$40.000, 50 dollars, or 40 pounds. That's expensive, because we have few appliaces, and we don't use A/Cs or electric heaters or stoves, our stoves runs on fluel. If we use electric heaters or A/Cs the price doubles.  @-@


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 03, 2020, 02:59:34 PM
What does that price buy you..? Surely not just one kWh..?  :poof:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 03, 2020, 03:32:39 PM
What does that price buy you..? Surely not just one kWh..?  :poof:
That's the price of a whole month bill, not just a single KWH.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 03, 2020, 03:35:56 PM
That's actually quite good, here we are paying around £70 per month.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 03, 2020, 03:38:48 PM
Sadly your only option are L*Ds. I'll reccomend to you FSL and Great vaule L*D bulbs, have a good quality, and a decent lifespan. I put many halogen bulbs two moths ago, and still not slap from parents.  :lol:

L*Ds may look cheap to operate, but when the L*D effects starts to appear in you the doctor will not be cheap. A clear example is the effect of the excessive blue light in your eyes.

We actually have Great Value LED lamps (bought on clearance) and when testing them one was dead out of the box! >:( When I turned it on, it did nothing, but the driver got hotter then even a working one!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 03, 2020, 03:40:10 PM
"Great Value" and L*D in the same sentence is the definition of the word oxymoron.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 03, 2020, 03:44:21 PM
That's actually quite good, here we are paying around £70 per month.
Thats very good price if you are using A/Cs and electric heaters, but if not, that's a bit expensive. Pleople who use those things here pays about 100 pounds, and pleople who runs small stores with many refrigerators can easily pay about 400 pounds. The KWh here costs about CLP$120


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Binarix128 on July 03, 2020, 03:45:51 PM
"Great Value" and L*D in the same sentence is the definition of the word oxymoron.
I don't know where you live, but L*Ds from that brand here are ok.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on July 13, 2020, 10:28:52 PM
Replaced the light in the oven (standard 40w incandescent appliance bulb)

Wired up a couple 0-10v switches in the familyroom.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on July 13, 2020, 11:53:34 PM
Picked up a few things from a Goodwill, a preheat F15T8 BLB fixture with bulb (used, lamp works), a 3-pack of APP 23w tri-tube CFLs (late 90's to early 2000s, NOS) and a 2-pack of GE flame shape 40w incandescents (late 2000s?, NOS made in the USA).


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 16, 2020, 12:21:41 PM
Installed my 3 in 1 socket splitter (with my 23w GE Self Ballasted Metal Halide Par38's) into my detached garage above my motorcycle.
Took out my Programmed Start 28w GE CFL, and put that into my bedroom ceiling fan for now. The CFL is in my room temporarily.
I really gotta find a good place for that CFL...


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 16, 2020, 12:25:24 PM
John (thorncollector) visited us this afternoon, and brought lots of goodies, including a 131W SOX-E lamp, which completes our collection of all the SOX ratings  8) :lps:

Photos and more details later on  :lps:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 21, 2020, 07:34:33 PM
At my friend's motorcycle garage where I originally kept my bike, he and I replaced an F96T12 HO lamp that burned
out in one of the two High Output fixtures in that garage... the last remaining GE 95w lamp. We replaced it with a cold temp F96T12
110 watt lamp from Sylvania. Since the garage is filled with expensive, heavy motorcycles, it took both of us to replace the lamp.
But now all four HO lamps are 110w. Full mercury?... I don't know.

Funny story:
My friend is unfortunately a "know it all" type of person. As soon as he flipped the switch after the install, he looked for a second and
said, "I don't like how it started." Then I said, "What do you mean?" And then he said, "See how it flickered before it starts?"
Me being the lighting enthusiast I am, I then said, "Bruh that's what it's suppose to do. These are all Rapid Start ballasted fixtures."
Then he pointed to the other HO fixture and turned the lights back off. He then said, "See when I turn these back on, that one fixture
there starts up right when I flip the switch. See? Watch... boom." Not surprisingly, he quickly realized that fixture was doing the
same thing. haha... he gave in and we went back to talking about motorcycles.
He's done this before though, with the previous GE 95w lamp that EOLed. I told him which lamp was burned out, and he immediately assumes I'm
wrong and thinks the opposite lamp burned out, and even explains why.  :'-)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: joseph_125 on July 21, 2020, 08:58:59 PM
My friend is unfortunately a "know it all" type of person. As soon as he flipped the switch after the install, he looked for a second and
said, "I don't like how it started." Then I said, "What do you mean?" And then he said, "See how it flickered before it starts?"
Me being the lighting enthusiast I am, I then said, "Bruh that's what it's suppose to do. These are all Rapid Start ballasted fixtures."
Then he pointed to the other HO fixture and turned the lights back off. He then said, "See when I turn these back on, that one fixture
there starts up right when I flip the switch. See? Watch... boom." Not surprisingly, he quickly realized that fixture was doing the
same thing. haha... he gave in and we went back to talking about motorcycles.
He's done this before though, with the previous GE 95w lamp that EOLed. I told him which lamp was burned out, and he immediately assumes I'm
wrong and thinks the opposite lamp burned out, and even explains why.  :'-)


Heh, you should offer him one of those Accupro electronic HO ballasts that'll instant start the lamp. The 8ft HO in my garage used to have one of those ballasts. I swapped it out with a older magnetic Advance.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on July 21, 2020, 09:17:00 PM
@Joseph_125, to be honest... I'm really thinking about taking BOTH of those HO fixtures. Both. I'm having talks with
my other best friend about getting me some help in terms of purchasing a home. (Her Grandpa is a realtor) ((She just bought
a home with her husband who is also a best friend, and she is already offering her downstairs fluorescent fixtures to me!))
Once I buy a home, my other next step would be to take those HO fixtures in the bike garage, and replace them with other reliable fixtures.
Since the owner of that bike garage is awesome, there is a high chance that I'd be walking out with those HO fixtures. (With his help
of course)
So yeah I don't really want to replace the ballasts in those HO fixtures just yet... because soon they *could* be mine.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 23, 2020, 10:47:29 AM
Wrapped up some 35W SOX and 250/400W MV lamps we got in a recent haul that came without packaging.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on July 29, 2020, 02:27:17 PM
Built up a ballast board (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastcom&cat=0&pos=1&pid=183263) for 400W MV lamps  :bal3: :mv:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Bulbman256 on July 31, 2020, 10:57:08 AM
Im working on redoing my grandmas undercabnet lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: HPS_250 on August 01, 2020, 07:31:02 AM
Organized a box of my MV lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Bulbman256 on August 01, 2020, 05:42:45 PM
Could not finish up the cabnit lights project due to factors out  of my control but i manage to save some bulbs and other electrical goodies from her house and also bring it slightly more up to code. Will probs be back in late august to finish it up.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on August 01, 2020, 05:57:28 PM
Went to the ReStore, got a GE 250w R40 Infrared lamp from 1998 and a Lights of America 4P 13w CFL adapter with package. Will be back for a two-pack of GE 67w red-etchers and other miscellaneous things.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 03, 2020, 07:58:01 AM
Performed a little experiment in ballasting MV with incandescent, we have a 50W MV but no ballast, so we tried 150W and 200W incandescents, the 200W is the better choice, it would seem  :inc: :mv:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on August 03, 2020, 12:54:58 PM
Performed a little experiment in ballasting MV with incandescent, we have a 50W MV but no ballast, so we tried 150W and 200W incandescents, the 200W is the better choice, it would seem  :inc: :mv:
I can't figure this one out!? You used incandescents to ballast MV lamps?? Not sure how that works?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Medved on August 03, 2020, 01:36:22 PM
I can't figure this one out!? You used incandescents to ballast MV lamps?? Not sure how that works?

As a resistive ballast: Connected just in nseries with the ballasted lamp.
But the mains voltage needs to be more than about double the arc voltage, so with standard MV (95..120V arc voltage; exact value depends on the exact wattage rating, 50W has 93V arc) it works in 230V world, but does not in 120V US (or Canada).

This is the pinciple, how selfballasted MV's work: There the incandescent filament is already inside of the outer, together with the connection.
The 230V types really have standard style MV burner, with a starting probe and resistor. The arctube (it differs a bit compare to standard MVs) is only optimized for maximum total efficacy and the heat it gets from the ballast filament.
120V models have to suffice with the low voltage for ignition, so use arctube with auxiliary filament heaters heating the arctube before ignition (using heat controlled bimetal switch), but once ignited it is again a mercury arc discharge (with arc voltage around 60V for 120V SBMVs) in series with an incandescent filament.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 03, 2020, 01:36:37 PM
I can't figure this one out!? You used incandescents to ballast MV lamps?? Not sure how that works?
It's rather like a blended mercury/tungsten lamp, the MV is in series with the incandescent filament, just in two separate bulbs  ;D

It was just an experiment until we get the correct ballast for the 50W merc.

See photo here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-183445)  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on August 03, 2020, 01:50:40 PM
It's rather like a blended mercury/tungsten lamp, the MV is in series with the incandescent filament, just in two separate bulbs  ;D

It was just an experiment until we get the correct ballast for the 50W merc.

See photo here (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-183445)  8)
I think I got it now. Isn't  this the same concept on how SBMV lamps work?


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 03, 2020, 02:26:59 PM
I think I got it now. Isn't  this the same concept on how SBMV lamps work?
Pretty much, yep  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on August 03, 2020, 08:15:37 PM
@sox35

@Medved

MASSIVE thanks to you both for helping me understand this!
It's certainly very interesting and definitely why I joined LG!


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 04, 2020, 06:09:55 AM
No problem, it's why we're all here after all  8)


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: LightsDelight on August 07, 2020, 09:02:37 AM
A couple of days ago I set up some shelving in the garage to store my lights on while the shed is getting stripped out to get it ready to be knocked down for the new one.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on August 08, 2020, 10:49:08 PM
I replaced a LED lamp at my uncle's house that was flickering. Another one was also flickering but I didn't notice it until right as we were leaving, which means I wasn't able to replace it. ::) Also noticed three of the four dimmers in his house house are going bad but I don't think I'll be the one replacing them though. One of my cousins will most likely do that job unless my uncle asks me to do it.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: High Intensity on August 09, 2020, 03:16:08 AM
Wrapping up day one of garbage pickup, found 23 fluorescent lamps, seven of which are F32T8, one F15T8, And one vintage F40T12 (a Sylvania Lifeline F40CW). I also found various halogen, compact fluorescent, and LED lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on August 19, 2020, 11:17:03 PM
Cleaned a LOA 13w PL-S porch light that was filthy. Also tested it but everything's dead. Photocell, ballast, and lamp (the original one).


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on August 20, 2020, 01:30:14 PM
Built a display board (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=4710&pos=1&pid=184466) for 35W/55W SOX lamps.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on September 01, 2020, 10:09:01 PM
I inspected some lights around the house and will have to replace another LED due to flickering. It was installed November 2018 and is used 8-10 hours a night. I didn't have any replacements on me so I will have to get one tomorrow.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: sox35 on September 04, 2020, 07:33:44 AM
Ok so not strictly lighting-related, but we repaired the malfunctioning cooling fan on the 12V 32A DC power supply we use to drive the 120V 60Hz inverter we use to power our American 60Hz discharge ballasts, so in a round-about way it's slightly to do with lighting ;) ;D

Edit- we also just installed a fan in the network rack cabinet as it gets a bit warm in there with all the kit that has to stay on 24/7  :poof:


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Bulbman256 on September 04, 2020, 07:56:08 AM
Forgot to talk about this but last Sunday i installed  these  (https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5817&pos=0&pid=185093)  undercabinet lights.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on September 04, 2020, 02:07:53 PM
I installed some GE Dawn Pink incandescents from 1988 in a cool 80s fixture that I got from paintballer22.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: joseph_125 on September 04, 2020, 03:23:03 PM
Picked up an order of 69w traffic signal incandescent lamps I placed a couple of days ago. Funny thing, the person at the counter said they haven't placed an order for them for 5 years.  :poof:

Makes sense as the very last incandescent signals in the my area disappeared in 2015 or so.

When I first started collecting signals I used to use regular clear 40w incandescents as those were everywhere but I switched to buying the proper lamps now as the regular 40w lamps are now banned. Appliance lamps do work but cost around the same at the real deal now. 


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on September 04, 2020, 05:13:24 PM
This was yesterday, but I replaced the flickering LED lamp (which was working fine oddly, by the time I got a new lamp to replace it) with a new one. Even though it's working fine now, it will be retired.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: Wireman on September 09, 2020, 08:07:24 PM
Finally was able to go to the ReStore for the first time. I didn't even know about this until I heard about them from my friends here at LG. Thanks all! I bought the following

-2 F15T12 cool white fluorescents, a GE and a no-name.

-2 Sylvania clear 150w incandescents with a PS30 shape and C-9 filaments.

-1 GE 40w soft white A19

I'm hoping to get back there soon they have some stage light fixtures for only $10 each and a 1950s kitchen drum light I'm thinking about getting.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 24, 2020, 10:39:23 PM
Got some sets of Christmas lights ready for putting up.
I shoulda started a few weeks ago, deff behind on getting going with it this year.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 27, 2020, 09:39:03 PM
Removed the bulbs from a couple sets of mini lights. .. .the first step to converting them to LED.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: xmaslightguy on September 29, 2020, 08:45:10 PM
Yesterday...
Upgraded a 2x 24" (currently has T8's, but can also use T12) aquarium light from preheat to electronic RS.

Also not directly lights, but light-related....
saved/backed-up the description/comment pages from some of my GOL streetlight gallery images.
Not sure if I'll continue going through it all (though I'd like to) as its very time-consuming.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: suzukir122 on September 29, 2020, 10:29:50 PM
@Xmaslightguy, what made you switch to electronic RS? Today, I've been searching for non-EOL protected electronic RS ballasts
for my Sadelite desk lamps. The magnetic ballasts for PL-L lamps have been great so far with no starting issues... but seems
as if those ballasts are under-driving my lamps. The lamps are still definitely bright though, but not as bright as when
they contained electronic ballasts. Even my Advance Centium RS electronic ballast for 40w T12's operated PL-L lamps brighter.
Also today: discovered my porch light flickering. It contains a very small 9 watt CFL from Philips. (thanks to me) I don't know the issue
there, but it's possible that it could be a wiring issue.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on September 29, 2020, 10:40:16 PM
Received and inspected a case of 10 Philips 13w PL-S lamps made in Poland.


Title: Re: What did you do today lighting wise?
Post by: joseph_125 on September 29, 2020, 11:28:53 PM
Went out and picked up some lamps for the illuminated street sign I installed yesterday.