Can you use a 650 watt bulb in a RedHead 800 watt lamp?


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Aug 20, 2013
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I have an 800W RedHead light for photography, and the bulb just died. I am waiting for some new 800W bulbs from amazon but I have a project due in a few days, and all I can find near my house are generic 650W bulbs... If I use one of these, will my lamp have any problems? I know it will probably be dimmer, but I can fix that.. My question is, will I burn down the lamp??

Shouldn't be an issue; you're using less than the maximum rate wattage, so as you mentioned, the only downside I can see is that it will be slightly (20%) dimmer.
That's right. It's not uncommon to put 650 W lamps into a red / redhead. Go to the red manufacturer's site and they will probably list a few different lamps that are usable. Colour temperature may be different.
Thanks! I will use it just for now, I just bought it - indeed it's dimmer, but nothing Ps can't fix!

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