European equivalent to PH111A enalrger lamp
I'm from Denmark where the mains power is 220volts/50Hz.
My darkroom is in part, built around an american Omega B22 and a
LPL solid state timer both of which are built for 110 Volts, so I run them
off a converter that steps the current down from 220volts to 110volts.
Recently my timer went kaput, and I would now like to replace it with
a 220 volt model that runs directly off the mains power without the
bother of going through a converter first. This however, is not possible
because the PH111A lamp in the B22 enlarger, being rated for only
110volts would immediately burn out.
I would like to know if there is a european equivalent of the PH111A
enlarger lamp but rated for 220volts, one that has the same type of bayonet
socket as the PH111A lamp so that I could fit it directly into the B22 enlarging
head and thereby run both the new timer and the B22 enlarger straight off the Danish 220volt mains power.
If there is a european equivalent lamp to the PH111A, what would
it be called, and where might I be able to purchase several of these lamps?
You might find it here:
Or just put your stepdown transformer between the timer and the enlarger bulb.
Bobs idea sounds practical . . .
If you find an alternate lamp I suggest getting half a dozen. The legislation about phasing out household tungsten bulbs is probably going to affect the production of specialist tungsten-filament bulbs too. Even though they specifically will be allowed, the shrinking number of manufacturers are complaining about economy of scale etc.
On the other hand, I have a plan to place a set of LEDs at the same height as the enlarger bulb over the condensers, covering a diffuser of the same width as the bulbs widest point (70mm) so that I can continue using the De Vere if there are no tungsten bulbs available in the future. I know it could be simpler to just make a diffuser head, but I like the Vari-con. Plus the bulbs, those made by Philips anyway, last a very long time so I might never need to bother . . .
seems you have this lamp: http://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lampph111a.html, looks like an ordinary opallamp with bayonet mount (BA15S). You might want to look for a 230V type at www.replacementlightbulb.com or convert the socket to the standard european E27 and fit the common (european) opallamps. This might need adjustment of the positioning.
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Thanks for the rapid response guys. I'll check out all suggestions to see what works and what won't.
I know that I should just get shut of the B22 enlarger and replace it with a european equivalennt, but after
having stood in front of the durn thing for thirty odd years, I'm just flat out in love with the pesky critter.
That german Schahl company I referred to was in those pre-internet days regularly to be found on the Photokina fair as one of their specialities was sale of photo/AV lamps.
That catalogue of replacementlightbulbs.com is very informative. It even has some informations one would not find in some manufacturers' catalogues.