ELC 250W bulb in place of EJL 200W bulb

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  1. darkroom_rookie

    darkroom_rookie Member

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    Is it safe to use a 250W ELC bulb instead of a 200W EJL bulb in an 1989 Fujimoto 450M-C with a dichroic head? The enlarger has a large voltage stabilizer and it worked without any problems for a few months with an EJL bulb that came with it. ELC bulbs are easily available for me locally, unlike EJL bulbs. Apart from the 50W difference in wattage (and a third of the price), they have exactly the same characteristics of focus, voltage and colour balance. What might be the biggest potential risk here?
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Heat can be the problem when using a higher wattage bulbs, but an extra 50w may be OK.

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    If you have ever spent one or two months troubleshooting and repairing an irreplaceable power supply you would not ask this question :smile:
     
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    My thoughts exactly. EJL lamps are easy enough to obtain, at least in the US from many online specialty lamp dealers.

    http://www.topbulb.com