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Old November 29th, 2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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What gives? Kino KF55 lamps burning out?

Hi all:

In the past two days, I have had three different Kino KF55 lamps burn out. I think I may have a bad batch or has anyone else been experiencing this? They seem to get darker in the middle of the lamp, then the middle goes out, then the whole lamp goes dead eventually. Kind of bumming me out since they are $22.00 ea. and should last a long time. These were all brand new lamps with less than 30 minutes on each.

They have done this on three different fixtures, used in three different locations so I am pretty sure it's not the fixtures.

Does anyone have any good substitutes for Kino lamps for the Divas? Need daylight and 3200k ideally.

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Old December 5th, 2006, 07:40 PM   #2
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Are you using these with Kino ballasts?

Is the Kino ballast set to the correct setting- i.e. use the Std/2ft setting for 2 ft tubes and use the Hi/4ft setting for 4 foot bulbs. Overdriving 2 ft bulbs makes them green and burn out faster.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #3
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Hi:

These are the 55 watt Biax tubes that are used in the Divas.

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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:48 AM   #4
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Haven't really used the Divas, but if you use them vertically, be sure that the base is at the top, and the tips of the tubes are at the bottom. Apparently problems arise when you run it tips up.

If you are still having problems, call Kino Flo

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Old December 6th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #5
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These are the 55 watt Biax tubes that are used in the Divas.
KF55's have been running fine in my Kino Flo Diva Lite's for an entire year. I was wondering if you were using actual Kino Flo Diva Lite's or your own homemade setup? There are many different kinds of ballasts out there. Is there a chance you have a 65W ballast instead of a 55W? I can only wonder what happens if you put a 55W lamp on a 65W ballast... Ok, probably exactly what you're describing.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:58 PM   #6
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I did get a 5500 bulb i think the batch was "511" which is the number on them and i tried to use it but it would not fire. I had it as a spare that i got maybe 2 months ago. Is this the same as yours?
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 12:25 AM   #7
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If you solve this, please let me know...

My divas have been going through lots of lamps too and it's frustrating. First the middle two lamps start failing (won't fully illuminate), then all bets are off.

Speaking of which... Who are you guys buying these from?
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 09:43 PM   #8
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Dan,
Sounds like you have a bad batch. Definitely contact Kino Flo Welcome to Kino Flo Lighting Systems for Film, Photography, Video & Tv to find out if they will replace them. They are pretty responsive to any issues I have questioned them on. Their website lists email contact for service etc.
I have noticed the lamps are very sensitive to temperature and often need more warmup time as they age but never had one fail to light if properly installed. Sometimes they take a long time to fully illuminate.
There are different sources for the bulbs than Kino. Barbizon in NY sells both Kinos True Match and Osram brand bulbs. I use a combination of both. HTH
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