Smoking Tungsten Light

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    • #37756
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Is it normal/safe for a tungsten light to start smoking?

    • #167276
      AvatarRob
      Participant

      hahah, not really. are there any gels or diffusion on your light? Is cheap paint burning off. Is this the very first time the light is being turned on?

    • #167277
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      well we got it used from bandhphoto.com So it is the first time we’ve used it – no gels or diffusion – there are barndoors… I’ve used it on a few separate occasions and its smoked every time. Although, this last time I left it on for about 30 minutes and the smoked stopped…so I’m wondering if some paint was burning somewhere… maybe problem solved? thx!

    • #167278
      AvatarRob
      Participant

      i would pay VERY close attention to them if you choose to continue using them, but i wouldn’t recommend continuing to use them if you don’t know what’s causing the smoke.

    • #167279
      Avatarcomposite1
      Member

      If it’s a Lowell Tota with a halogen bulb… yeah, some. If you’re using halogen work lights, no. Usually if your bulbs are ‘smokin” it’s due to dust or the oil from your fingers burning on the bulb (if that happens on a halogen it will burst. Bad, very bad.) Other causes are voltage problems or just leaving the bulbs on constantly when they are not being used for shooting. The type of diffusion material used can also be an issue. When you are not shooting ‘save’ your lights by turning them off.

    • #167280
      AvatarGrinner Hester
      Participant

      totally normal. It’s hot.

    • #167281
      AvatarUberstud
      Participant

      I had this happen on a couple of Altman studio lights the first couple of times I used them. It has stopped. I’m guessing there was just some dust or paint that was burning off. Make sure you are using the lights in a well ventilated area and not near any sprinklers that may be on the ceiling and you should be fine. Might not hurt to know where the nearest fire extinguisher is either.

    • #167282
      AvatarGrinner Hester
      Participant

      there is always resedue that wil burn off of bard doors. Usually oil from your fingers.

      Again, no cause for alarm.

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