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Mar 06, 2013 17:37 |  #1

I just purchased an AlienBee 1600 from a member on here and the modeling light isn't working. Looks like the bulb is blown. Any one know where you can get a replacement bulb other than paulC Buff? The bulb from them is only $9.99 but shipping to Canada is another $28.99 on top of that. Are there any other options that others have used? Thanks for any info.


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Mar 06, 2013 17:40 |  #2

You should be able to buy an equivalent bulb locally.




  
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Mar 06, 2013 17:49 as a reply to  @ SamFrench's post |  #3

go to home depot and get a 100W light bulb and your set. I have 6 of them in my lights from Home depot.. work great. BTW,, thats what Buff told me to do 5 yrs ago... mine have been replaced many times and work like new.


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Mar 06, 2013 18:05 |  #4

Its a standard household bulb thread, any 100 volt incandescent bulb will do the trick




  
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Mar 06, 2013 18:07 |  #5

thanks very much guys, I tried it and your right it works. I just wasn't sure if it needed to be the 150w or not. thanks again.


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Mar 07, 2013 08:40 |  #6

The more watts the better, provided all your lights have wattage proportional to their power. That means if you're using this with other B1600s that have 150w lamps, you should try to find a 150w lamp.

I use 250w halogens in mine without issue.


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Mar 07, 2013 12:44 |  #7

Can you find the OEM 150w in stores? The OEM version is kinda like a tube design vs a standard bulb design.




  
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Mar 08, 2013 03:09 |  #8

I looked at the home depot in my area and was difficult to find a 150watt, 120 volt halogen bulb (as recommended by PCB). There was one made by GE but the bulb is much larger than the ones that come with the alien bees. I couldn't find a bulb as small that. I ended up buying the GE 150watt bulb. It works completely fine, but when I put the standard 7" reflector on with a gel clipped to the front, the bulb touches the gel (which is bad because it'll melt the gel over time).


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Mar 08, 2013 04:39 |  #9

The 150W Philips halogen bulbs that I used to be able to get at Home Depot are no longer carried by HD. I found some on the web, but at very outrageous prices. The best thing today is to buy the new cylindrical shaped lamps that PCB includes on their product these days. It is much smaller in diameter than a household bulb and will not affect the flash in the way that a large diameter bulb could.


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Mar 08, 2013 06:00 |  #10

The US Congress has declared that anyone who uses tungsten bulbs is a selfish, earth-destroying, evil person. They have declared that there's no reason we can't use CFL bulbs for everything.

What a country.


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Mar 08, 2013 09:24 |  #11

SkipD wrote in post #15690803 (external link)
The best thing today is to buy the new cylindrical shaped lamps that PCB includes on their product these days.

Exactly! Besides PCB's website, can one find it in stores?




  
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Mar 08, 2013 11:10 as a reply to  @ Toneaero's post |  #12

I just picked up a standard 150w incandescent bulb at Home Depot. One word of caution, though, if you move your Bees to other locations often: the shipping cap doesn't fit over a 150w.


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