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Caster quality « on: March 28, 2021, 09:59:00 AM » Author: mrbristolian
Thinking of getting a cheap clear MV for occasional use in a moth trap - I note the cautions regarding the quality of Caster bulbs, but what is it that users experience when it comes to low quality?

Is it build quality? Longevity? Output? Brightness?

It's not going to be run very frequently but UV output is important.

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Re: Caster quality « Reply #1 on: March 28, 2021, 12:41:20 PM » Author: LightsoftheWest
I don't really know enough about Caster lamps to tell you. I would try Sylvania or Philips, their HID lamps seem to be better than most other HIDs made today. Now, if you're looking for a quality MV lamp, Westinghouse Lifeguards are the way to go. eBay has tons of them for sale. However, those might be hard to find for cheap.
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #2 on: March 28, 2021, 01:50:32 PM » Author: Joe Maurath, Jr.
I don't really know enough about Caster lamps to tell you. I would try Sylvania or Philips, their HID lamps seem to be better than most other HIDs made today. Now, if you're looking for a quality MV lamp, Westinghouse Lifeguards are the way to go. eBay has tons of them for sale. However, those might be hard to find for cheap.

From what I understand Caster MV lamps are pretty low quality. For something relatively recently made in MV, EYE would also be a good way to go, too. :mv:
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 03:46:24 AM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
If you're only using the lamp on occasion a caster lamp will work fine. It shouldn't die too quickly unless you get a defective bulb.
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 04:15:28 PM » Author: mrbristolian
Thanks for the replies all  :)
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #5 on: April 03, 2021, 04:38:24 PM » Author: sox35
We've got a 100W one that we were given, but it's only been run up a couple of times to test, it's not going to see active service  :mv:
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #6 on: April 08, 2021, 07:14:15 AM » Author: 589
We've got a 100W one that we were given, but it's only been run up a couple of times to test, it's not going to see active service  :mv:

And that one has a fawlty ignition probe :)
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Re: Caster quality « Reply #7 on: April 08, 2021, 08:35:02 AM » Author: sox35
And that one has a fawlty ignition probe :)
It fires up, though  :mv:
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