Mr Rogers wrote in post #13943601
Alright so my question is what are your experiences with lights. which do you prefer which do you think are total garbage.
Personally I prefer incandescent lighting, I find it to be reliable predictable and rugged, obviously the downside of incandescent is heat and the amount of power needed to operate the lighting, which can literally and quickly overload the standard 1800 watt branch circuits commonly found in the residential environment, and in some cases can even be a problem with 2400 watt commercial branch circuits.
Another reason I like incandescent is simplicity, about all that can go wrong is a bulb burns out, as such restoring the light to operation merely requires allowing it to cool down and replace the bulb, the same pretty much applies to both florescent and HMI as the ballasts are quite robust and reliable leaving the bulbs to be the primary point of failure, where the electronics becomes a problem is in LED lighting, as those fixtures utilize a series of buck-boost regulators and LED strings, neither of which are filed maintainable, if an LED panel fails you are dead in the water.
Now as for the good and bad of lighting, that’s pretty simple with incandescent, most of the made for the purpose lamps from companies like ARRI, Mole-Richardson and NSI/Leviton will serve you well, and though they may appear to be a bit pricey they will none the less provide you with a good return on your investment, these lamps are designed for the job at hand utilizing heavy duty ceramic lamp holders, heavy duty toggle switches, high temperature fiberglass sleeved internal wiring and heavy duty SJO cords.
Where people get burned with incandescent, (pardon the pun) is when they try to utilize similar looking, but not properly designed halogen shop or construction lamps, the primary problems with those lamps is they utilize poorly designed reflectors that fail to provide a flat even level of illumination, they also exhibit poor ventilation characteristics resulting in shortened bulb life, they also lack on-lamp bracketing which makes the attachment of gels skrims etc. difficult.
And if that was not enough, a lot of these lamps are equipped with cheap plastic cords and plugs and almost universally utilize 90 degree centigrade internal wiring, and while that meets the code for high temperature lamp wiring, it will eventually become brittle causing the insulation to flake off, which will result in bare conductors and subsequent electrical hazards. Furthermore, the sockets in most of the shop and construction lamps I have come across, while ceramic, are not robust and after a few months of use lose the proper tension required to make a good solid connection to the bulb causing arcing, intermittent lighting and premature bulb failure.