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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Good Grounded Dimmer for Tungstens?

Might anyone has a recommendation for a bulletproof 3-prong/grounded dimmer/rheostat for tungsten light sources up to 250W? I've got a Lowel Pro-Light that I'd just love to get more variation out of without needing scrims or ND gels, specifically as a hairlight, kicker, or fill source. Searching on B&H hasn't yielded what I've been looking for. Thanks!
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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B&H sells their Impact dimmer ($25) but it's not grounded, needs a cheater plug...good for 600 watts. Several people here have mentioned a Harbor Freight electronic router control which is good, cheap, and grounded, I have no experience with it however.../Battle Vaughan/miamiherald.com video team
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 12:14 PM   #3
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I own 4 of the Harbor Freight Router controllers. They are rated to 15A and work just fine as a dimmer. They are often on sale for $20 or so each.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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Just purchased 2 of the Harbor Freight Router Speed Control dimmers for $15 each. 15amps @ 110v = 1650watts (stay at 80% of that; 1320watts, for safety).

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Old March 3rd, 2009, 04:41 PM   #5
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Outstanding, folks, thanks a ton. I always worry about using 2-prong cheaters, but those Harbor Freight units are a total surprise and a fantastic workaround. Thanks, everyone!
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