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Old March 14th, 2003, 12:42 PM   #1
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Where to buy Replacement Bulbs?

I was wondering if I could buy any bulb that is the correct amp/watt combination to replace what I ordered with my light. The bulb is a General Brand EMD 120 Volts/750 Watts Lamp and I'm using it with a Lowel tota light. Is there any difference in, say, the color temperature from a bulb I may be able to get at Home Depot, or does the lamp itself need to be specific for video, etc.?
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Old March 14th, 2003, 01:02 PM   #2
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There can be a color difference but you won't know without testing or if the information accompanying the lamp tells you.

Truth is it takes a critical eye (or a white background) to probably tell the difference in a couple of hundred degrees of difference.

If even a small difference is a problem, then you either have to test every lamp or buy from a known source.
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Old March 14th, 2003, 08:53 PM   #3
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The designation EMD is a generic description. In the GE catalog it is a 3200K , 750 watt T3 halogen with a life of 400 hours
http://www.gelighting.com
Click seearch and in description enter EMD.

The ushio is the easiest catalog to read page 3 of the theatrical cat has all the cross reference codes. the EMD is again recognized by it's generic descriptor.
http://www.ushio.com/files/entcatalog3.pdf

People tell me that the eye can see a 100 to 150 degree K difference. If all is equal who really cares though. if you read the catalogs, the long life and cheaper lamps are the 2900 to 3100 K.

The bulb is around $15 and has cost of .03 per hour. Why be cheap?

If a bulb carries the right description code the color temp should be correct or close enough.
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Old March 14th, 2003, 09:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help.
I'm going to check out www.gelighting.com also. I wonder (and I'm a newbie) what difference it all makes as long as you white balance the camera. hmm...
But, if the $15.00 to $18.00 range (I paid $17something for the lamp) is standard then I don't mind just paying it and being safe.
Thanks again for your responses.
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Old March 14th, 2003, 09:11 PM   #5
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The ushio catalog is the easiest to read. All of the numbers and specs are the same.GE, sylvania, ushio or general have the same basic descriptor
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Old March 14th, 2003, 09:13 PM   #6
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Great! Gonna check that out now. Thank you!
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Old March 15th, 2003, 07:34 PM   #7
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Replacement lamps

Bulb Direct is also a great place to find replacement lamps at a discount price. www.bulbdirect.com
You are wise to be aware of the manufactures high mark ups for replacement items. The lamps for my Cool-Lux Tri-Light are at Home Depot for $6.00 instead of $25.00 from Cool-Lux. The Cool-Lux catalog also made a lighting dimmer sound very proprietary and perfect for my kit. I ordered 2 of them at $50.00 each. When they arrived I was immediately disappointed to see that they were so cheap they did not even have a ground pin receptacle (all lighting should be grounded in my opinion). Ten minutes later I was in Target to buy the ground lift adapters needed to plug my lights into the new dimmers. Right there in the electrical department were the exact same dimmers I paid $50.00 for from Cool-Lux for $15.00 at Target. I bought 2 more and vowed to quit buying Cool-Lux products.
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Old March 17th, 2003, 08:58 PM   #8
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A good place to get "lamps" is
http://www.proadv.com
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