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- May 25, 2010 at 8:51 PM #37756AnonymousInactive
Is it normal/safe for a tungsten light to start smoking?
- May 25, 2010 at 9:36 PM #167276RobParticipant
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?
- May 25, 2010 at 10:36 PM #167277AnonymousInactive
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!
- May 25, 2010 at 11:22 PM #167278RobParticipant
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.
- May 26, 2010 at 1:28 AM #167279composite1Member
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.
- May 27, 2010 at 1:38 AM #167280Grinner HesterParticipant
totally normal. It’s hot.
- May 27, 2010 at 3:49 PM #167281UberstudParticipant
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.
- May 27, 2010 at 4:19 PM #167282Grinner HesterParticipant
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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