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From Rod to Bulb 28 Sep 2003 11:57 #21630

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Is there such thing as a conversion kit to convert a carbon rod lamphouse to a xenon? If a person got a good deal on arc carbon rod lamphouses, would it be worth the cost to convert? Would it mean new rectifiers?
Just kicking around ideas here.

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Re: From Rod to Bulb 28 Sep 2003 12:09 #21631

Kniesly for years sold conversion kits that basically gutted the lamphouse and had a playe with the new glass reflector and bulb support on it. Other versions they made used the original reflector holder
They were a Xenex1 for all intents
Yes you need a different rectifier (yes they could be converted but it isn't really worth the cost)
Also these are far less efficient than a good used current lamphouse such as a superlumex and the like
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Re: From Rod to Bulb 28 Sep 2003 15:53 #21632

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JOE <> As Gordon said, Kniesly and ALSO Leonard Pincus made conversion kits for some of the more popular carbon arc lamphouses... There were also some conversions done by individuals using the lamp's existing optical system... Depending on how efficient the original lamp was, some of these worked fine... It's a machinist type job that requires the ability to make the components you need to do the swap... My opinion is that you would be limited to a maximum of around 2,000 watts, using a non-dichronic reflector... If your screen size requires more watts, the aperture temp becomes excessive with a metal or rear silvered reflector... Converting SOME carbon arc rectifiers to Xenon specs is also possible, and depending HOW it is done, it can be very efficient... This is BOTH a machinist and electronics job, and unless you are a dedicated and experinced DIY type, buying a suitable used rectifier is probably the best route to consider...
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Re: From Rod to Bulb 28 Sep 2003 22:07 #21633

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In the 70's and 80's conversion kits were made to convert carbon arc lamphouses (and sometimes followspot lights) to xenon. I don't think any company is making those kits presently, though.
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