Can you mke a Surge safely brighter?

ake

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By that I mean to make the Surge brighter without damaging the reflector and lens. Has anyone done it before? What kind of lamp do I need?

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Lux Luthor

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You are gonna start a fire with that thing!!!
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I don't know if I would push the reflector any harder. I once did a runtime test with the Surge on its side, and with 8 NiMHs, and I came back about an hour later to find the paint on the reflector had bubbled up a bit near the bulb. Not a terribly dramatic melting, but these things are already being pushed.

On the other hand, if you don't need to leave it on for too long at a time, you might go for it.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lux Luthor:
... I once did a runtime test with the Surge on its side, and with 8 NiMHs, and I came back about an hour later to find the paint on the reflector had bubbled up a bit near the bulb...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Lux Luthor,

I performed Surge runtime tests several times
using alkalines, and never had that problem. Is that because NiMH's maintain voltage longer than alkalines? Do they also have a higher amperage than alkies?

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Brightnorm,

Sorry, been away a few days.

I'm not sure why this didn't happen to you, or conversely, why it happened to me. It could be the difference between NiMH and alkaline, but I'm not sure.

There's a certain point where if the load is high enough, the NiMHs will power a light better than alkalines, but I'm not sure at what load this point would be reached.
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