|Calum Galleitch||18/06/2022 18:32:35|
194 forum posts
My lathe has a lamp:
The lamp used to work, then it made a fizzing noise and stopped working. I took the lid off, removed the bulb (a G6.35 halogen), and ascertained that it appeared to be intact. Noticing the legs were covered in what can only be described as grime, I wondered if some sort of deposit was blocking the healthy flow of electrons. A rinse in vinegar and an overnight dry, I popped it back in, and, success! A working light.
For a few days. Then once again a fizzing sound followed almost immediately by darkness.
This time I thought I had better take it to bits and check it properly, which I did, and found some very old and tired looking wiring. And I found a lampholder, looking like one of these:
The one I have is somewhat elderly, and along with the wiring I think it should be pensioned off. Which leads me to the problem: what to replace it with? I am stuck (well, do not want to replace) with 24V AC. As far as I can see that pretty much rules out LED solutions as there doesn't seem to be anything commercially available that would be a drop-in replacement. The lampholder itself doesn't seem to be available any more (at least in quantities less than 100), and the reflector is 65mm, not the 50mm standard used in household bulbs.
The ideal would be I guess a GU4 type bulb and holder, or something like it. I can reuse the reflector of course, but I'm not sure if there's anything it would attach to out there. I could make a holder out of Delrin but I'm not sure Delrin and a 150W halogen bulb are a great mix.
|Clive Brown 1||18/06/2022 18:46:38|
|869 forum posts|
Not helping a great deal, but Iunderstand that halogen bulbs are, or will shortly be, banned for sale for domestic use. When I recently looked to replace one, I found none in the normal retail outlets. It's LED or nothing it seems
Edited By Clive Brown 1 on 18/06/2022 18:48:26
|Frances IoM||18/06/2022 19:04:15|
|1283 forum posts|
|lorries have I think 24V batteries - are there any LED lamps suitable for mounting within your light fitting|
|Robert Atkinson 2||18/06/2022 19:44:30|
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No problem getting G6.35 24V AC LED lamps
Random amazon example
No idea if it is a good seller just an example of a lamp.
|Calum Galleitch||18/06/2022 19:48:00|
194 forum posts
Yes, the lamps themselves are easy - it's the holder I'm looking for, or if the holder can't be found a replacement for the whole assembly.
Lorries/campervan electrics are DC and seem to have all gone over to LED already - I did think that was the obvious place to look but I couldn't see anything obviously useful.
|Richard Millington||18/06/2022 19:48:45|
|71 forum posts|
If you are coming off a multi tapped transformer see if you can swap the supply to 12v. I have replaced mine with MR16 lamps, you can get new lamp holders from Toolstation.
|Jon Lawes||18/06/2022 20:35:10|
995 forum posts
Just speculating, is there going to be a problem going from 24v AC to DC? I wonder if thats an RMS value.
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These don't look a mile out
|Bill Davies 2||18/06/2022 21:09:39|
|287 forum posts|
Would a diode cut 24 VAC to something suitable for a 12V bulb? RMS gives the equivalent DC power level, (filament) bulbs aren't too fussy regarding voltage, a continuous higher voltage giving reduced life.But this varying from 0v to about 17V rapidly, and filaments have a degree of thermal inertia.
|noel shelley||18/06/2022 21:36:04|
|1445 forum posts|
A small block bridge rectifier and a capacitor would give you DC, there's almost no heat so provided you can insulate the leads just solder the wires to the bulb, auto motive systems are 28V so youhave many options ! Good luck. Noel
|Howard Lewis||18/06/2022 21:37:36|
|6314 forum posts|
At the risk of being corrected, a diode to rectify 24V AC to DC would only cut about 1.4 V from the supply voltage.
A single diode in one lead will result in half wave rectification, giving a large ripple effect.
Inserting a bridge rectifier across the supply will provide full wave rectification, but still with a distinct ripple.
Seems a bit OTT to put in a proper smoothing circuit for a lamp.
Possibly a LED lamp, designed for 24V could cope with .a rough 22V supply?
|David Millar 3||18/06/2022 22:30:40|
|24 forum posts|
I recently replaced the lamp holder in my bathroom fan with integrated light. The lamp holder looked identical to the pic the OP posted.
I sourced a replacement from a local electrical trade wholesale outlet.
I had presumed it was 12V but didn't look closely at it. It may be 24V.
|Maurice Taylor||18/06/2022 22:53:45|
|219 forum posts|
Hi ,this lamp holder is for sale on ebay , 24 volt ac bulbs for sale on Amazon . Nice easy job.
|Michael Gilligan||19/06/2022 06:40:34|
20289 forum posts
I think the underlying problem that you have is the inadequate quality of contact in that type of holder.
The lamp pins oxidise because of the heat generated by contact resistance
A much better arrangement [commonly used in microscope illuminators] is to clamp the pins down on a vee groove; but, of course, you may not have space to do this.
P.S. __ digressing somewhat: This article may be of general interest
Edited By Michael Gilligan on 19/06/2022 06:57:11
|Michael Gilligan||19/06/2022 08:25:44|
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Too late to edit, but this is the style of pin clamping/connecting used on my big LOMO microscope:
|Calum Galleitch||19/06/2022 09:15:39|
194 forum posts
> I think the underlying problem that you have is the inadequate quality of contact in that type of holder
Yes, I think you're right - both the lamp itself and also the wires connecting to the switch are both in pretty dubious state. Nowadays when you buy these lampholders they tend to come with wire pre-attached, but mine just had a push-fit, one of which has failed entirely.
Peak4's link above looks spot-on, so I have ordered one and hopefully that will last another twenty years!
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If you ordered directly from that link, they should certainly last for 20 years, as I think it was for a pack of 10 .
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