DIY lamphouse cover

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  1. xenskhe

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    I've acquired a second enlarger. The lamphouse cover is missing and I want to fabricate one.

    Is there a metal that dissipates heat more efficiently than other kinds?


     
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    Copper.
     
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    Thanks!
    That will work nicely. Drill some vents in it as well.
     
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    :)
    Silver you say?
     
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    Just kidding. Copper and or aluminum is a good choice.
     
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    Not really sure I would drill holes in the lamp housing cover...seems like that would just send out light into the darkroom, maybe causing minor fogging of paper under the enlarger on longer exposures? I dunno...
     
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    Yes, probably not a good idea actually.
     
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    Lapis Lazuli could look good.
     
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    A simple solution to the problem in the end was to use adhesive aluminium tape (as used to temporarily patch car exhausts). This is working very well without any light leaks.
     
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    I don't know what your lamphouse looks like but there is this stuff called Rosco Cinefoil. It's a black foil that comes in a roll and is used to wrap around or otherwise modify movie lights. It's made to be used with very hot lights used in film production so would be fine with an enlarger lamp.
     
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