61   Lamps / Modern / Re: Any way to look at HID lamps without getting arc eye?  on: April 17, 2024, 01:39:48 AM 
Started by Maxim - Last post by AngryHorse
Correct, better known as erythemal radiation, but as I understand it, you won’t get erythemal radiation exposure from viewing a clear mercury lamp as most of this radiation is filtered out by the outer jacket?, its only the bare arc tube itself that can harm skin and eyes.
 62   Lamps / Modern / Re: Any way to look at HID lamps without getting arc eye?  on: April 17, 2024, 12:46:35 AM 
Started by Maxim - Last post by RRK
It is just not wise to look at bright light sources for prolonged time because the eyes are sure not replaceable ;)

There are enough idiots in the world who damaged their retina by looking at the sun, and many HID lamps arcs are at about the same brightness.

It is not arc eye, as was said before. Until you are messing with germicidal or not UV-blocked pure quartz lamps, or arcs in the air, there is not much UV to cause this.

Arc eye hurts on the surface of the eyes (and skin) and is generally recoverable, at least if not extreme doses. But retina burns from lasers and sun are permanent.


 63   Lamps / Modern / Re: Reducing Ballast Wattage  on: April 17, 2024, 12:42:27 AM 
Started by Multisubject - Last post by RRK
Yes, reducing CWA ballast capacitor was used in US to dim street lights (though to less extent than you propose), BUT by reducing ballast bapacitor you are going more and more into pure capacitive ballast territory, where capacitance dominates ballast impedance. And it was learned many years ago, probably 100+ already) that discharge lamp do not work well on capacitive ballast on line frequency, because combination of leading impedance and lamp's negative resistance is causing current spikes and oscillations. And so high current crest is killing the electrodes. Already somewhat noticeable on stock CWAs. So better don't, just get a 175W ballast, they are ubiquitous.

AFAIK, American 175W mercury and MH lamps are homologated by running current and voltage, so mercury lamps can be run on MH ballast. There may be some nuances with OCV (not much relevant to merc lamp) and use of ignitor.

 64   Lamps / Videos / LEDVANCE St Marys Plant Advertisement  on: April 17, 2024, 12:18:36 AM 
Started by Maxim - Last post by Maxim

Video made by LEDVANCE prior to closing their St Marys facility in Pennsylvania. This was made during the glass / filament LED era of manufacturing, as depicted by the products in the video. Hurts to see...... :( :-\
 65   General / General Discussion / Re: Genuine or fake?  on: April 16, 2024, 10:46:38 PM 
Started by bulb_tester2009 - Last post by Maxim
Jeez what the-! @-@ :poof: :o
 66   Lamps / Modern / Reducing Ballast Wattage  on: April 16, 2024, 08:18:09 PM 
Started by Multisubject - Last post by Multisubject
I hope it isn't bothering anybody that I am asking so many questions lately, but I am curious about this one. I was wondering if I can use my 400w MH CWA ballast for a 175w MH bulb and possibly a 175w MV bulb. The ballast currently has a 24 uF capacitor, but I have the capability to go from 0 to 25 uF in 2.5 uF increments, so I would start at 2.5 uF, measure the wattage, then go up to 5 uF if it isn't sufficient and so on until I get the proper wattage through the 175w lamp. I have the following questions:

1: I doubt this would harm the ballast, but if any of you think it will, please explain.

2: This might be a bad question, but MH ballasts can be used on MV bulbs, right?
Thank you for your help!  :bumh: :mvc: :hidbal: :)
 67   Lamps / Modern / Re: Any way to look at HID lamps without getting arc eye?  on: April 16, 2024, 07:53:55 PM 
Started by Maxim - Last post by Maxim
Who knows. I'm no arc eye expert, but my eyes hurt from looking at any concentrated light source for too long.

Though coated MV is probably the easiest to look at. Even clear isn't half bad. It's metal halide and HPS that annihilate my eyed.
 68   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: Acuity Brands releases a new series of LED roadway luminaires  on: April 16, 2024, 07:30:33 PM 
Started by LightsoftheWest - Last post by Oz Optima
Bottom-mounted photocell, we have bean doing it for yeas in Australia.
 69   Lamps / Modern / Re: Any way to look at HID lamps without getting arc eye?  on: April 16, 2024, 06:51:02 PM 
Started by Maxim - Last post by Robotjulep
Can you get arc eye from looking at coated/diffuse HID lamps?

Or is it mainly just the clear ones?
 70   General / General Discussion / Re: Bulbs with a hole in the base  on: April 16, 2024, 03:02:58 PM 
Started by Caroline - Last post by Caroline
Ahh, so that might explain why i had a dollarstore C12 lamp attempt to take flight a few months ago.
Odd, never had one fail that way, they usually die with a small flicker when switching them on
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