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jon hill 325/02/2021 14:05:21
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Looking to replace my old rs lathe work lamp as pivits cannot be sufficiently tightened down, and it has a nasty habit of collapsing while the lathe is running!!!

Having made running repairs the caste alloy pivots seem to be fractured and wont prevent movement like they should.

I was thinking of a 2nd hand one say a well constructed lamp such as a memlite, what do other members use? Also where can I source one for ideally less than £50 including postage? Fixer uppers are fine as I have plenty of cable, gromits, bulb holders etc.

If anyone has one please pm me .

Jon

Iain Downs25/02/2021 14:06:39
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I have a couple of clamp LED lights which came from B&Q for around a tenner each.. They clamp to the shelf above the lathe and give a good light. May not suit you, of course!

Iain

Emgee25/02/2021 14:31:09
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Memlights seem to be collectors items now and do fetch silly money, best to stick with a modern replacement IMO and an extra low voltage (<=50v) lamp will be safer in use especially if the transformer is a separate unit.

Emgee

Frances IoM25/02/2021 14:49:29
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one simple trick is to stick a length of water proof LED light strip to the splash tray (assuming you have one - Warco WM180 + larger models make it easy with a folded lip on this tray into which the strip can be placed so doesn't shine into ones eyes - gives quite effective local lighting - a small LED on a flexible stalk can then be used for detailed lighting - obviously larger lathes might need more lighting
john halfpenny25/02/2021 14:59:05
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LED sewing machine lamp, strong magnetic base and flexible arm. I've just bought two from ebay, and very pleased.

Jeff Dayman25/02/2021 14:59:23
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Ikea JANSJO led stalk lights were bought and suitable mount plates made for several of my machine tools. Less than $20 each and well made. I am not sure if they still sell JANSJO but a quick look in Ikea website may turn up similar newer models. Have not had any issues with vibration affecting them so far (used for years now).

Good value for money , just food for thought. Purpose made machine lights branded as such usually cost much more.

JA25/02/2021 15:07:22
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A few years ago I put an LED kitchen cabinet strip light, from B&Q, above my lathe (just over head height). It is about 55cm long and rated at 20W. It works well but I should have used two.

I have looked on B&Q's website but they no longer stock it. In addtion most of their lights use motion sensors to switch them on (not very useful). However ScrewFix sell a sensible range of cabinet strip lights without sensors. I have just bought three for my new bench (details later and elsewhere).

JA

Nigel McBurney 125/02/2021 15:19:18
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Long LED conventional double strip light screwed to shed ceiling,I have the original makers lo volt lamp on my Colchester ,I never use it .

Georgineer25/02/2021 15:21:53
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Posted by Jeff Dayman on 25/02/2021 14:59:23:

Ikea JANSJO led stalk lights were bought and suitable mount plates made for several of my machine tools. Less than $20 each and well made. I am not sure if they still sell JANSJO but a quick look in Ikea website may turn up similar newer models. Have not had any issues with vibration affecting them so far (used for years now).

Good value for money , just food for thought. Purpose made machine lights branded as such usually cost much more.

I saw these recommended and bought one to use on my Myford lathe. I was disappointed by the relatively small spread of light and found I was needing to move them around a lot in order to see what I was looking at. I ended up using an adjustable desk light which gave far broader coverage. The Jansjo light would be OK for additional detail lighting.

George B.

Adrian R225/02/2021 15:32:36
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Also interested in recommendations - I bought a no-brand flexible LED reading light to use on my lathe a couple of years back and it generated more radio hiss than my VFD and had to be sent back.

peak425/02/2021 15:44:40
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I'm mostly using Lidl/Aldi LED clip one reading light fixed on "anglepoise" type arms at the moment.
Anglepoise lamps are expensive, but that style of arm is often used on typist's copy/print holders for VDU work; Mine came out of a skip several years ago

Chester Machine Tools have several lights on offer at the moment; I've no idea how good they are.

Bill

Howard Lewis25/02/2021 15:47:59
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Some of you will have read this before, so apologies.

My lathe came in 2003, with a 24 V 50V Halogen light on a gooseneck, attached. Good light, but had an appetite for bulbs. It runs very hot, but removed the "glass" and filed a couple of 8 mm wide slots in the rim of the reflector, to improve ventilation, before reassembly. Can't remember when I last changed a bulb.

Just as well, since no around here seems to stock 24V 50W QH!

HTH

Howard

Journeyman25/02/2021 15:55:40
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Mentioned above but ** IKEA ** have a range od sensibly priced lamps that can be used as is or converted to suit.

John

john halfpenny25/02/2021 16:22:32
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Here's the sewing machine lamp I mentioned above. Two for about £15.

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jon hill 325/02/2021 16:43:27
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I am thinking on building a memlite replica as I have a few lengths of square tube and I could re-purpose my existing lamp shade. If I cant use the shade then I could canabolise an ikea lamp.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Oldiron25/02/2021 17:17:02
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Posted by john halfpenny on 25/02/2021 16:22:32:

Here's the sewing machine lamp I mentioned above. Two for about £15.

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I have one of those it is good. Was in my stocking a couple of Xmas' ago so not sure where it came from.

regards

MC Black25/02/2021 18:20:20
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Posted by john halfpenny on 25/02/2021 14:59:05:

LED sewing machine lamp, strong magnetic base and flexible arm. I've just bought two from ebay, and very pleased.

I have a couple of these.

The first was under a fiver but the second a little more expensive.

The warning label is in Chinglish and it took a long time to decipher though!

Frances IoM25/02/2021 18:58:36
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"Just as well, since no around here seems to stock 24V 50W QH!

have you tried a local coach operator ? 24V would also be used on lorries etc.
mgnbuk25/02/2021 21:49:31
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Just as well, since no around here seems to stock 24V 50W QH!

What fitting are you wanting Howard ?

I have H1 and H3 (IIRC) in 24V flavour on stock & the last fitting I had that used these died a couple of months ago (metal fatigue in one of the joints) - the machine got an LED replacement, so I have replacement lamps but no fittings to use them in.

Nigel B.

duncan webster25/02/2021 22:56:58
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Posted by john halfpenny on 25/02/2021 16:22:32:

Here's the sewing machine lamp I mentioned above. Two for about £15.

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I bought 2 of those, direct from China. Electrocution waiting to happen. Inside that metal swan neck are 2 very thin wires with very thin insulation, one is potentially at mains voltage depending on which way the plug is wired. No earth of course. I spent far too much time altering them to run on much lower voltage

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