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    Enlarger bulbs, is there any hope?

    Hello,

    We had several discussions here about availability of enlarger bulbs. As Philips stopped manufacturing incandescent enlarger bulbs, situation is bad, as we all know. Question is: Anyone have any informations about any other manufacturers (China perhaps?) or about Philips bulbs somewhere.

    Yes, there is alternative, to use colour/MG head with halogen bulbs, but I would like to work with condensers maybe even more than with diffuser.
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    Yes there is hope.
    All of the Phillips photography lamp business has been taken over by a small German company specialised in niche market production which prevers to stay in the background.

    We alreday received the first shippment of Tungsten lighting bulbs from them and opal- lamps (we call them like this over here) for enlargers are expected in about one to two months.

    They will make the lamps available over the usual channels where you could purchase Phillips before.

    If for some reason you cannot obtain the lamps locally we could theoretically ship from over here but the question is if this makes sense costwise.

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    Mirko, thank you for answer and for telling grat news. If lamps will be available at Fotoimpex, I would more then happy to buy them with you. Reason for try to buying locally was that shop is in lighting business so I thought they have better source and is easier to get them through theire business channels than to me as individual.

    But, if you (Fotoimpex) will have those lamps in offer when are produced, I will get them from you. As some other stuff I plan to buy for some time...

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    as a matter of fact I just rang the sales rep and he told me that we can expect a first shippment within the next week.
    They also confirmed the prices. Unfortunately they are way more pricey than Phillips was but this is probably the reason why Phillips stopped the production.

    We had to raise our net selling to 9,99 EUR.

    I hope this finds your acceptance.

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    Yes, and I remember price here was 15 EUROS when one seller had Philips bulbs under Hama brand. That was few years ago, and after that, here was no incandescent enlarger bulbs anymore to buy, only halogen... So, 10 EUROS is acceptable, in fact it has to be acceptable, if not, what is alternative (except alternative written at the end of my first post)

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    Given the life of the bulbs, 10 euros is very reasonable. I'm glad to hear that someone will still be making these bulbs.
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    I quit all special bulbs and batteries. My Beseler is now happy with $0.5 house bulb, instead of $20 "special" bulb. Just a little work around and all is fine. So better investigate some solution than let manufacturer to investigate how to take your money.

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    I've stocked up on a few bulbs in case there isn't an option for my Omega B-66 and Chromega B enlargers.
    Last edited by Snapshot; 05-28-2007 at 11:07 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel_OB View Post
    I quit all special bulbs and batteries. My Beseler is now happy with $0.5 house bulb, instead of $20 "special" bulb. Just a little work around and all is fine.
    Same here. With Omega DII VC, it took a few bulbs to find which one worked, but she now works happily with a standard household bulb. Just one word of advice... Don't get a bulb that has the name and info written on the top of it. It all tends to show up on your pictures. And It did take a few more test strips to re-determine approximate times. I found out too, that it really does not take that high a wattage bulb in the condensor-type enlargers. I actually went a little lower wattage, and increased exposure times, and gave myself a little more wiggle-room for dodge/burn.

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    It sounds funny to me that you've been able to get good results with common household lamps. I tried one of those in my condenser enlarger and it didn't work. Results were weird, contrast low. After I started using PH212 bulbs that I bought from replacementlightbulbs.com, I saw a clear improvement in image quality.

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