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    I am a very safety conscious person. I worked for a public agency with an aggressive safety officer in the office next door. It was drilled into me for 34 years. So this may sound counter to my past experiences. You're never going to want to point the light at anyone so UV emissions should not really matter. And a momentary "hit" at some distance is not going to do any damage. Eye damage will occur before any burn damage. I remember someone foolishly putting their hand in front of (2" away from the window) Larry Black's VSS-3 at a get-together. He did, indeed get a slight burn on his hand. There is no UV spec given for the lamps you're considering? But again, not sure I'd concern myself assuming you're aggressive in safety procedures when using the light.
    Thanks again for the good input. I agree about skin damage risk from UV being very low; I am more worried about eye damage from UV, though. Good operational safety - never pointing it at anybody - is certainly my intent. The accidental exposure risk is low simply because the probability of exposure is low, with responsible use. Any accidental exposure would likely be very brief, as well.

    What about eye damage from UV? Might that occur faster then one could sense pain from the visible light? (EDIT: Answer = Yes, absolutely this can happen!)

    I would like to have a better understanding of the level of UV emitted. For example, is it foolish to illuminate a white wall from 50' for beamshots for 15 minutes, without eye protection? I really don't think so. But, I also don't want to use the 'Do my eyes hurt yet?' method any more than I have to!

    I wear polycarbonate safety glasses even when testing the 35W HID in my shop, with indirect viewing. I know those lamps are supposed to be UV filtered, but I also know the factory HID lamps in my car have severely crazed/fogged the INSIDE of the plastic housing's front lenses over 100k miles, so there is still some UV. (Saab 92-x Aero if it matters).

    I realize this is a very challenging issue that we are unlikely to answer adequately. But in this particular forum, I think it merits some effort to try to understand. I feel that, if we are going to discuss building lights with a lamps that emits 'dangerous, intense UV radiation', then we should try to devote a respectable amount of effort to discussing safety aspects, too. If others hadn't done the same in their short arc threads, I might have read them without realizing there was a significant UV hazard to worry about. Also bulb explosion. Let me offer a sincere thanks to others who have included such warnings!

    <<< In case anybody has read this far and not figured it out, don't build something like this just because I am trying to - I barely know what I am doing!

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    I've decided while writing this that I must improve the perimeter light baffle, so there is less rearward light 'splash' from light reflecting off the back surface of the lens in the narrow perimeter air gap. You can see how intense this small portion of reflected light looks even with the 35W HID, in the repeat-picture, below. The baffle is not installed, so the back-reflection is clearly visible.

    If 90% of visible light is transmitted through the glass (optimistic), that reflection is still up to 10% beam intensity. With the new MSR lamp: 10% of 'dangerously intense UV' will still be 'too much UV', if I am remembering my higher math correctly.

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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    I have a pair of #3 and a pair of #5 clip-on, flip down official welding glasses I use when in close-quarters taking beam shots against my light colored garage door (actually 3/8" thick limestone tiles are getting hit by the spot) The #3's are recommended right in the Spectrolab NightSun manual but I found that the #5's are more comfortable blocking more of the light. Look at the bottom of the chart in the first link to see that they protect from all the dangerous wavelengths.

    ww.who-sells-it.com/cy/elvex-2925/elvex-2008-safety-glass-catalog-14636/page-1-fullsize.html

    Next link is just a search on Amazon for welders flip-up glasses. They're cheap at about $15 to your door. Buy both.

    ww.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%233%20flip%20up%20welding%20glasses

    I also have some number 10 and 12 arc welders pieces of glass that go into the helmet. I use those to sometimes look at the actual arc. I found that using a #12 and a #3 or #5 in combination is more comfortable than just the #12.

    On safety, also try to determine if the lamp you are going to use is ozone-free. Many are, some aren't so you don't want to use them in confined/closed areas. You really should be able to get a UV emissions spec on a commercial lamp. And definitely try to eliminate as much as possible the back-scatter. I haven't had to deal with that issue with my commercial made lights.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Excellent, thanks for the links.

    I will look around more for a UV emission spec.

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    Edit: Here is the spectrum.

    As I mentioned above, this lamp has no outer glass UV filter envelope, thus is emits a lot of UV that needs to be respected. It really does.

    There is a lot of UVA (315 nm - 400 nm) and UVB (280 nm - 315 nm), and even some UVC (Ionizing UV, 100 nm - 280 nm). UVC is what makes ozone and rips molecular bonds apart, in general. It is not present in sunlight at earth's surface. The atmosphere absorbs it, making ozone in the process.

    There appears to be almost as much area under the curve below 400 nm as there is in the visible part of the spectrum (400 nm - 700 nm) !

    This is why I am being wary of the hazard.

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    My pair of MSR lamps were waiting for me when I got home about an hour ago.

    These were both supposedly new, and the pair was priced for the cost of one retail new lamp. eBay, sale not auction, from a dealer of professional DJ lighting equipment. Imagine my dismay when one of the lamps was apparently a failed lamp. There are a bunch of tiny drops of metal stuck to the inside on one side of the envelope, and the electrode gap is too big.

    EDIT: maybe not failed completely, but certainly not new and unused, either. There is a pic below. New lamp pics don't have foggy, metal droplet covered interiors or metal on the electrodes. This supposedly new lamp did.

    I didn't even open the other lamp to inspect it; I am pretty disgusted right now. No return policy from seller, but I am offering him the chance to accept a return, anyway. I hope not to have to use the dispute process.

    Trying to be optimistic rather than cynical...maybe he is some old guy with bad eyes. But I kind of doubt it. Seems a dealer of gear would know better. Fortunately, I have had very few incidents like this, in a whole lot of purchases.

    I was hoping to have this light together to bring with us on a trip to the boonies in a week. Not looking good now - I still don't have a ballast to power it, and still no lamps I can test ballasts with.

    I will order an actual new lamp from a more reputable source, after I get my refund.
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    That's very disappointing! I know how you feel, sort of. My Newport 1000 Watt arrived today damaged. The front left corner of 1/8" or thicker Alum was bent 90 degrees+ into the faceplate. It was advertised as most likely a new and unused unit which it looks to be with unopened manual/power cord bag. In my case, the seller had two of the same and he will be shipping me the 2nd unit tomorrow at no cost. I guess I'm lucky this time. It was packed reasonably well except for the front, only 1.5" of wrapped spray foam.

    Sorry about you setback!
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Sent some PM's on Ebay items
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Quick update: ( I will post more info and pics later when I have time)

    I have been busy with this, again.

    The seller of the two MSR lamps adjusted the sale price with a partial refund per my counter-offer, so I do own 2 MSR 400 SA lamps. One is sealed, one is used and at least slightly damaged.

    I bought a 400W Digital Universal MH/HPS Ballast from a horticultural store for $75.

    I hooked the USED MSR 400 lamp up to this ballast to see if it would light. It was in a metal pipe, and I wore welding gear. The lamp struck and lit up dimly right away, then ramped up to a much higher but flickering brightness, and held steady like this for 5 minutes until I shut it down. The arc was wavering around a lot, and seemed a little bit orange/yellow, not intense white like I expected. Upon inspection after shutdown, there were now even more metal blobules in the envelope, and the electrodes seemed to have sustained further damage.

    After cooling, I repeated this operation for 10 min. Then for 20 min. Then for 40 min. My thinking was that maybe the lamp didn't get hot enough, and it might improve. It did not improve. Always flickering. Electrode damage progressed each time. I will post close-ups showing this, later.

    So, this cheap ballast does not work with a used MSR 400 SA lamp. Perhaps this is because I used a lamp that was damaged. Maybe the new lamp would work. But, I really doubt it, and I have not dared to try it.

    The ballast Lightsward suggested above MIGHT work, but I'm not confident of that, yet, and it's a $300-400 gamble to find out.

    Since I have not found a source for a proper ballast intended for this wonderfully spec'd MSR SA lamp, I will try a different approach next.

    I have now purchased one of the lab grade Oriel Short Arc housing and ignitor sets discussed above. No power supply, yet.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    I got the Oriel equipment for a good price via 'make an offer' so it is not a big risk. It is designed for true Short Arc Xe or HgXe lamps, and not suitable for the MSR lamps. Oriel's starting voltage is something like 40 kV, so I think a double-ended lamp is needed for HV isolation distance. The lamp holders for single-ended lamps like the MSR are typically only rated for 5 kV.

    I still want to use the 30k Lumen 400W MSR lamp if I can. MSRs are MUCH easier to mount and keep at their happy temperature, and they can run in any position. They are AC lamps.

    The Oriel gear is DC power. The Short Arc lamps I could run with the Oriel equipment would be XBO or HBO type lamps. 200W are the biggest common size for the lamps and power supplies, although the 200W power supplies are technically capable of 300W according to the documentation. HBO 200W lamps put out only 10k Lumens. Smaller arc, sure, but I think that might be overkill with my big reflector; 3x more Lumens from the MSR is my strong preference.

    I will keep looking for a proper ballast for the MSR lamp, but I'll probably grab a 200W Oriel power supply next, and a lamp to run with it. 500W 110V Oriel power supplies are available, but awfully expensive - so much so that it would be cheaper to just buy a new, complete 575W MHI lamp Fresnel production light from China. If I could find one cheap that would make for a nice setup, though.

    With an Oriel 200W universal supply (Model 68805) is the HBO200 is my best lamp option, I think?
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Quote Originally Posted by JP Labs View Post
    I got the Oriel equipment for a good price via ............... Smaller arc, sure, but I think that might be overkill with my big reflector; ..........
    Um.... I'm confused... "overkill"? This is not a phrase I'm familiar with. O.o
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    OH, here are pics of the MSR testing. I hope I have kept the pics of each test straight - I took way too many and should have put labels in the pics, but didn't.

    These are high res, you can blow them up for a closer look by clicking at the top banner of each as usual. For highest resolution, though, click the image itself to go to Photobucket, hover briefly over the image that loads there, then click the magnifying glass icon.

    This is the inverter:


    Here is the lamp as received:


    Here is the lamp holder in the test rig:


    Pipe and screen added for burst protection. No fan cooling; the MSR lamps are passive cooling capable:


    Lamp running near end of 10 min test, the 2nd run, I think. This is outdoors on a sunny afternoon, but in the shade:




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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Close-ups of lamp envelope and electrodes after various runs are below. Over the course of the testing, the electrodes clearly degraded. The metal droplets move around a lot from test-to-test, too. Some light scratching is visible on the outside of the quartz envelope, too. This in not from me; I only touched it with an alcohol dampened Kimpex wipe, nothing hard.

    This lamp looks like is has way too much metal inside for it to simply be the mercury added for lamp operation, right? Photos of new lamps show nothing like this, at all.

    This is after a 10 min run. Note there is now a large glob of metal on the lower electrode, and appears to be less on the glass:






    This is after a 20 min run. Note the red deposits....mercury can form red salts/pigments, I think. There is also now much less metal on the electrodes, and more on the glass:







    Any observations are welcome!
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Here is a photo taken as quickly as I could after shutdown, so I could try to judge if the 2 electrodes were at similar temperature. It is blurry, but shows the upper one is only running a little hotter than the lower one, by my interpretation:


    And here's one after another 10 min run. This time the electrodes have a lot less metal condensed on them, but they are showing damage. The amount of metal on the electrodes seems quite small now, and there isn't a lot on the glass, either.

    Where the heck did all that liquified-looking metal go?:
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Here are some shots after one more run, about 40 min or so. Electrodes seem to be in bad shape to me. I have put maybe 80-90 min total runtime on it now:









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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    That bulb is def shot. In fact, please be careful using (don't) and handling it at this point.
    I have a few 150w hg/xe sa bulbs with this same issue, one burst upon cooldown, another popped in my hand while simply moving it.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Quote Originally Posted by FRITZHID View Post
    Um.... I'm confused... "overkill"? This is not a phrase I'm familiar with. O.o
    Yes, I know what you mean.

    In this case, I mean that for my goal of a highly visible beam, 3x more Lumens at 1/2 the arc size ( MSR vs "100W" HID baseline) would help a lot more than keeping Lumens at 10k but shrinking the arc size further. (200W HBO vs. "100W' HID baseline).

    If I go the route of the Oriel gear and an HBO 200 lamp, I will have similar Lumens to the cheap, easy HID option, but with maybe 1/3 arc length (3x surface brightness???), at 10x the cost!

    If I could make the MSR work, I would get 3x the Lumens as either HID or HBO options (30k), and still have about 1/2 the arc size of HID, so maybe 6x surface brightness while tripling Lumens, vs HID! Seems best by far, just not working out for me, yet.

    I am not very sure of arc lengths or surface brightnesses stated above; I didn't research this in detail.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    As Fritz says, I'd put on very protective equipment and oh so carefully put that lamp in the trash, cover it completely and tightly with something heavy and somehow smash it.

    You just don't know what you're going to end up with when running a non-matched lamp and ballast. I'm no AC short arc expert but it looks like the lamp is being very overdriven.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Quote Originally Posted by FRITZHID View Post
    That bulb is def shot. In fact, please be careful using (don't) and handling it at this point.
    I have a few 150w hg/xe sa bulbs with this same issue, one burst upon cooldown, another popped in my hand while simply moving it.
    OK, thank you for the caution and for confirming the lamp is shot! The metal halide short arc MSR lamps are not filled to high pressure when cold like the true short arcs. I do wear a full face welding helmet, thick leather gauntlet gloves, and a sweatshirt over a couple of layers when running it. The one exception was for the photo with the metal pipe removed. For that one, I set a 30" section of Sonotube over the lamp, and wore thinner Mechanix gloves. I used only my camera to peek over the edge. So, my hands were briefly exposed to the lamp. But I was very quick - I was worried about burning a spot on the camera's detector more than personal harm, in that event.

    Your comment serves to illustrate another very good reason the true SA lamps are NOT my preferred solution. They are a lot more dangerous to handle than the MSR lamps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BVH View Post
    As Fritz says, I'd put on very protective equipment and oh so carefully put that lamp in the trash, cover it completely and tightly with something heavy and somehow smash it.

    You just don't know what you're going to end up with when running a non-matched lamp and ballast. I'm no AC short arc expert but it looks like the lamp is being very overdriven.
    OK, instead of running this lamp more, I will do as you suggest. Destroy it safely. I don't think it will burst with much energy, but I should be able to confirm that by the noise it makes.

    Overdriven makes sense. Maybe the temperature is too low, so voltage is too low and current is way too high, overheating electrodes. Maybe the ignition HV is staying on, and blasting the electrode away. I thought of trying to measure the operating voltage with my DVM, and decided that would not be smart - I don't want to probe 2 kV if the ignitor is staying on. So, I don't know.

    I think it was worth a $75 gamble to try that ballast. If it had worked, I would have found a cheap route to 30k intense Lumens in a great package!

    Fail!

    Now the question is if I should repeat it with the remaining MSR lamp, and hope for better results. Maybe eventually, if I give up on getting a proper ballast.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Fritz,

    Do you think the lamp was failed, even in the 'as received' picture, or only after I tortured it?
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Bvh is correct. Cover with some trash cloth (shirt, towel, etc.), 4 layers thick should be plenty, and hammer it, then toss as is.

    As far as your main thread post.... it's very basic... Smaller arc = tighter/cleaner beam.... I have a fist full of lights.... from a small reflector 10/30w hid to my hack job 400w mh beast....
    Watt for watt... at an honest 83watts for both tests.... true SA xenon beats all others (hid(mh "sa" ), merc/xenon, hbo, xhp......etc) as far as that laser like, super far throwing beam...
    Given that the = wattage HID throws a ton more lumens down range, the beam it's huge.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    I believe you got a bad lamp to begin with.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Quote Originally Posted by FRITZHID View Post
    Bvh is correct. Cover with some trash cloth (shirt, towel, etc.), 4 layers thick should be plenty, and hammer it, then toss as is.

    As far as your main thread post.... it's very basic... Smaller arc = tighter/cleaner beam.... I have a fist full of lights.... from a small reflector 10/30w hid to my hack job 400w mh beast....
    Watt for watt... at an honest 83watts for both tests.... true SA xenon beats all others (hid(mh "sa" ), merc/xenon, hbo, xhp......etc) as far as that laser like, super far throwing beam...
    Given that the = wattage HID throws a ton more lumens down range, the beam it's huge.
    OK, great input, thank you for the clear info. That makes the Oriel set up sound pretty good for performance, then. Excellent.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    SA lamps can be dangerous, however... As long as proper safety protocols are observed.... totally worth it. Common sense and knowledge are all our best friends. :-) almost anyone here with experience will be more then willing to assist you in your project as well as informing you of safety precautions.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    <<< Created a more appropriate avatar for this forum.

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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    I had a fascinating, extremely helpful chat with FritzHID. I learned a ton!

    I am now quite enthusiastic about the Short Arc lamp options. In fact, I just bought the Oriel 68805 power supply I've been watching. Now I should have everything I need to operate a short arc lamp from mains power; I just need the lamp itself.

    I might have some spousal explaining to do when these big, heavy boxes show up in a week.

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    Below is partially repeat info, covered here in relevance to my pending lamp decision:

    Reading more about XBO (Xenon) and HBO (Mercury) short arc varieties, I am convinced that the XBO is less suitable.

    XBO150 W/4 is a S15 orientation lamp, meaning it is supposed to run within 15 degrees of vertical With axial mounting, that means the light could only aim near the horizon. (corrected, originally said horizontal, but there is an error in the section of the data sheet I was using).
    It is the largest available XBO I can power, and makes 3000 Lumens with Luminous Intensity = 300 cd.

    HBO200 W/2 is a S90 orientation lamp, meaning it is designed to run within 90 degrees of vertical. So, I shouldn't aim it downhill for long, but that provides a lot wider range of motion, within the intended operating position requirements. Anything from straight up, to horizontal.
    It is the largest HBO I can power, and makes 9500 Lumens with Luminous Intensity = 1000 cd. Average Luminance (cd/cm2): 40000

    I still want to learn more about the Hg(Xe) lamps, in case they may be even more suitable than the HBO.


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    : Hg(Xe) are in between the others, not surprisingly (Oriel 6292 200W). 4500 lumens. 600 cd.

    Still liking HBO200/W2. So I just bought one, pretty cheap for what it is, at $50. This appears to be an L1 variant, with a small internal reflective area at the bottom/cathode end. That reflector is probably not ideal...but it's what I found in the low priced lamp options.

    It might only be rated for S45, depending upon which spec sheet I believe. S90 orientation is listed in Osram's general specs for HBO200W2 lamps. Hmm. Complicated.

    Now I am fully committed to trying this. The week after next should be very interesting.

    Mounting any of these lamps so they are electrically isolated from everything else, and can be cooled, will be a big challenge!

    Thanks for all the support and encouragement.

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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    If by "small reflective area", you mean a gold, painted on coating on one end of the bulbous arc chamber then the purpose of that coating is to keep that "cooler" area of the arc chamber hotter so that the Mercury does not re-condense in that area. That's what the guys at A.R.C told me.

    McMasterCarr carries high-KV silicone insulated wire if you need it for the secondary run. I think up to 40KV and up to 12AWG.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Reflective coating for heating the end with the mercury more/faster, sure, that makes sense. Looks like it could block a small area of light from hitting the center area of the reflector, and will probably add that light to spill. Not much, though.

    I'll order some silicone wire, good to know where to find it, excellent.

    By the looks of this HBO lamp, I think the mounting barrels (metal cylinders on the ends) are electrically live, right? So, I can't machine a simple aluminum mount like I did for the HID lamp. That would not isolate the lamp from the reflector. Thus, electrocution hazard.

    I have not been able to find any ready-made, ceramic lamp sockets that would work. It will take some creativity to mount that lamp such that it is electrically isolated, sturdy, and won't melt. I am thinking along the lines of a cylindrical steel clamp on the bottom/rear of the lamp, with 3 thin metal legs maybe 2-3" long. These would be in the air path, so they will stay relatively cool at the furthest ends from the lamp. This assembly could be anchored in a cylinder made of Delrin, Nylon, PVC, or similar. The whole thing would insert into the reflector just like the HID mount did.

    Maybe there will be useful bits in the Oriel lamp housing for this. I'll post internal pics when it shows up.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    My housing hasn't shipped yet. Kinda disappointed in them. The cylindrical ends are call bases and conduct power and ground to the electrode rods that are welded to the top/center of the bases. Anything you make to mount them in, I call base adapters. The Cathode base for the small electrode (negative) and the Anode (positive) base for the big electrode. Most specs I've seen indicate the bases should not reach over 250C. Some higher KV lamps could certainly be different. Check out Fluorosint. Its a Mica inpregnated PTFE/Teflon material. Maybe 500C IIRC. Very expensive but a very high temp "plastic". I've used it before. Some of the Delrins won't hold up, I've softened a few in my Locators.

    Be sure to control your cooling fan separate from the lamp ignition and running circuits. You want to be able to run it for a few minutes after shutdown. If you can believe it, the Spectrolab NightSun old style control box was wired to run the fan with the light so that when you turn off the light, you turn off the fan. Right in the manual it says to immediately turn the fan back on. Newer models fixed that with a different switch setup.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    That was one info packed post ^. Online shopping time.

    My housing, PS, and lamp have all shipped. Big stuff coming slowly, though. Possibly as late as Oct 1 arrival on the housing.

    I'll be off the forum for a few days. Later guys.
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    Default Re: Scored a Nice 16" Parabolic Reflector. HID or Short Arc? Test Beamshots w/ HID.

    Opps, meant 500F for the Fluorosint, not 500C. My housing should be here tomorrow.
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