Enlarger Bulbs

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  1. Parker

    Parker TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a Jessops 3500 B&W Enlarger off ebay that didn't come with a bulb and have since found out that they have discontinued their production. So I'm stuck with an enlarger minus the all important light source!

    I just wondered if anyone knew:

    A) Anywhere that I could get hold of a new Jessops 3500 Enlarger bulb?

    B) If there was any 'makeshift' type bulb I could use in the absence of the correct one.

    It has a standard Edison Screw 27 fitting (220v - 240v, 100w max)

    Hope someone can help

    Thanks,

    Parker
     
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    Have a look here. They have a small selection of enlarger bulbs. Hope that helps.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the link. Unfortunatley I have already looked there and I think the bulb I need is the one that says

    "The Following Lamps are at present un-available due to manufacturing difficulties"

    However, even though my enlarger says MAX 100w, I'm tempted to try the 150w bulb on that site. Is this a mildly, or seriously stupid idea?
     
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    It might not be very safe to use a 150W bulb. I am not sure.

    Alternative links (they don't mention availability):

    - Morrisphoto

    - Lamps-on-line

    Alternatively, you can use any white bulb that fit and that does not have any writing on the glass.
     
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    take the enlarger head apart and modify the electrics to take the normal type 2 pin bulbs it should only mean disconnecting the old light fitting and refit a two pin holder.
     
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    If it is a standard ES fitting then there are quite a few bulb manufacturers you can turn to. Best thing to do is find a photo store with a darkroom section and ask if they have a bulb. They usually carry spares.
    Using one of a higher Wattage is a bad idea as the head will not lose the heat fast enough. When it gets hot, lots of baaad things can happen. You are OK using a bulb of lower Wattage - you will just have to expose your prints for a bit longer.
    Try here (US): http://www.freestylephoto.biz/tl_techtips_det.php?id=3&p=2
    If you are in the UK just go to Jessops.
     

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