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Old November 7th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #16
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The high school I go to has a television studio and a grid full of old Kliegl Bros. fresnels and scoops. Now they are starting to all have faulty wiring and other hardware problems. Should we pay to get them refurbished or just replace them?
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Old November 7th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #17
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Hi Daniel,

The real issue is, we have no idea what the refurbishing would cost and all depends upon the rather skilled labor you would have to find to do it. Its not rocket science but you really need it done right though. Thus, its hard to make a decision of refurbish or replace. Finding that person with the skillset could be difficult.

We're talking primarily about replacing the socket and the wiring. That's the sensitive stuff and it can be done by someone knowledgeable in electrical issues and also that understands about the special sockets that are used in the types of fixtures that are common in our work as well as the issue of lining up the bulb with the middle of the mirror. What can happen is if they chose a replacement socket that's not quite the same size as the old one then there may be some other modification involved to get the bulb to the right height in the middle of the mirror behind (because there is generally always a mirror in some configuration behind or around the bulb whether the instrument falls in to a spot or flood type category which are the two main types of fixtures). That as I see it could be the most time consuming part as well as just finding the sockets themselves which aren't a common item at Home Depot or any local walk in type stores. G12, G22, G38, GX9.5, GY9.5 G9.5, G6.35 are all common types found on many stage / studio fixtures. Not to mention models of sockets which have fallen out of common use. In that case, you'd probably replace the socket with a newer model and make sure you adjust the bulb height correspondingly.

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