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    Convert to UV light box?

    I have an antique light box - it presently contains about 16 regular light bulbs in it (3 of them are red).
    I am assuming it was used for viewing but here's my question...
    Can I put in UV bulbs instead of what's there and use it for exposing?
    I don't want to blow it up and know nothing about electricity (nor can I afford a UV light source other than the sun and that's hard to come by in February).
    Help?

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    Take a look at this.
    http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-SL20-B...ref=pd_cp_hi_0

    I would buy only one and run a test first before sinking money on more bulbs to fill a light box.

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    Thanks!
    Are you suggesting that one would be enough to expose say an 8x10 contact print? I think that I'm misunderstanding you....how would I test it? Or do you mean just to see if it fits/works at all?

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    Dawn,

    You haven't given too much information. I have a UV light box purchased from Bostick and Sullivan that I use for pt/pd printing. It takes eight blacklight bulbs that are like small fluorescent tubes. It has a fan and can handle up to 11x14. If you don't get the info you want here try calling them (Santa Fe, NM). They are very helpful.

    Good luck.

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    No I'm not saying that

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    Thanks!
    Are you suggesting that one would be enough to expose say an 8x10 contact print? I think that I'm misunderstanding you....how would I test it? Or do you mean just to see if it fits/works at all?
    Hi Dawn,
    I'm saying that buy one, run a test with the one bulb on a small test print no bigger than 4x5 inches couple inches away and see if it will work. It wouldn't be prudent to buy a dozen and find out it doesn't work. Put your toes in the water before diving in I say.

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    Others have built UV boxes around those types of bulbs. I have recently seen a price of about $75 for a dozen of them. Home Depot, I think. They would just screw into a regular light socket.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I constructed myself an UV box a few months back, with the help of Loris from APUG. The thing about the bulb is you are looking for a BL365 ( Blacklikght in365 nm wavelength ). The bulb from the amazon says it is for ambient lighting and it is purple. BL365 bulbs produce blue blacklight. It is UV-A light and it is hazardous to stare at them or being exposed to them for long.

    This one suits your needs. Look for the wavelength, BL365
    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/52...ent_Lamps.html

    Regular light bulbs are E27 socket and I don't think you can blow it up buy using these bulbs. They are usually 20W bulbs, but check your current bulbs Watt in the light box to make sure.

    Edit:
    BTW mosquito trap bulbs might work too. They are BL350.

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    Hi Dawn,

    What exactly does your antique light box look like? If you put anywhere from 5 to 16 curley-cue black-light bulbs in, you'll be doing great. Even 2-3 will work, but it'll mean longer exposures.

    If the light box can accomodate 16 tungsten bulbs, it will accommodate compact fluorescents with ease.

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    Thanks, will give it a try!

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    Great info, thanks! Will look it up!

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