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Low voltage halogen lighting
Old 13th November 2002
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Low voltage halogen lighting

Hello All,
We are in the middle of a studio re modle, and are considering changing our lighting.
Does anyone have any experience with small cable mounted halogen lights?

thanks
Old 13th November 2002
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Got em in the kitchen...plus some halogen track light bulbs in the studio...both provide nice background/backdrop lighting, but they do put out some heat, so location is a consideration.

I think...
Old 13th November 2002
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Regular light bulbs has a higher heat/light ratio than halogen, a halogen lamp will produce less heat than a traditional bulb.

Another way to put it: a 50 watt halogen lamp lights brighter than a 50 watt traditional bulb.

/Mats
Old 13th November 2002
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SOME low voltage dimmers make noise . . . . not through the audio line . . . but the switch itself buzzes. At least that was the experience we had once.
Old 13th November 2002
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The transformers can also make noise if they are placed in proximity to audio devices. Sometimes they can dirty up power too.
Old 13th November 2002
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Its very important that you get the right dimmers. Lutron makes dimmers specifically for low voltage halogens. The model number is SELV-300P-WH.
They're not horribly expensive [around 60 bucks] without them you'll have a whole lot or buzz or spend alot more for variacs
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yes....spend the money on the dimmers
Old 14th November 2002
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Thanks for the info guys.
Old 14th November 2002
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actually . . the Lutrons were the ones that I had troubles with . . . though normally they are really good.
Old 14th November 2002
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maybe I was misleading...

I have 2 different kinds of halogen systems....One kind here look like regular ol' track lights. The other other halogen system I have uses dedicated 'buttons' (about the size of a hockey puck) which really put out some heat...

Thanks Mats for correcting my oversight.
Old 14th November 2002
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You have to buy the right lutrons, they make a special dimmer for low voltage halogens, requiring a nuetral connection. any others regardless of wattage
will buzz

actually . . the Lutrons were the ones that I had troubles with . . . though normally they are really good.


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