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Old 09-04-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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I'm a DIY guy when it comes to general repairs, but one who can't get his head around lighting. I have a large garage that I'm converting into a shared office. The problem is that I want to give the place a warm look (think cafe). Presently, the garage has 8 metal halide light fixtures w/ 400w ed-37 bulbs (w/ e39 mogul base). I feel like I'm in a fish tank. I want to switch out the bulbs for really warm lighting. Does anyone know if I can just switch them out for lower watt bulbs? Can I use those fixtures with incandescent bulbs? Do I have to worry about voltage? Would love some help!

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Sorry, you're locked into MH lamps. NO incandescent. NO fluorescent. NO lower wattage.

NO WAY you'll get a "warm cafe" look from them. You need to change fixtures.

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Hi everyone,
I'm a DIY guy when it comes to general repairs, but one who can't get his head around lighting. I have a large garage that I'm converting into a shared office. The problem is that I want to give the place a warm look (think cafe). Presently, the garage has 8 metal halide light fixtures w/ 400w ed-37 bulbs (w/ e39 mogul base). I feel like I'm in a fish tank. I want to switch out the bulbs for really warm lighting. Does anyone know if I can just switch them out for lower watt bulbs? Can I use those fixtures with incandescent bulbs? Do I have to worry about voltage? Would love some help!
The only way you can change this by chaning the luminaire to 6 lamp hi/low bay luminaire this will work much better and it can use the common T-8 bulbs or T-5 bulbs and they are much quiteier than buzz box Metal Halides are.

And you can find better " colour " format what you want with flourscent bulbs the MH's are pretty much limited choice.

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Thanks for the advice so far. Another route I'm contemplating is that I keep them for events where I want it really bright and then add wall fixtures for the ambiance. I would, at the very least, like to change the bulbs on the ceiling to lower watt (metal halide) bulbs. I was under the impression that I could at least do that much. I thought many of these fixtures could run different metal halide watt bulbs as long as they have the same mogul base, being E39.
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You could bypass the ballast in the fixtures,
and use incandesant bulbs.

I dont know how easy it is to find E38 incandesant lamps in USA.

cause they are not easy to find here in Australia !

But you can import them from hong kong.
As I did when I last needed 500w E38 lamps.
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You could bypass the ballast in the fixtures,
and use incandesant bulbs.

I dont know how easy it is to find E38 incandesant lamps in USA.

cause they are not easy to find here in Australia !

But you can import them from hong kong.
As I did when I last needed 500w E38 lamps.
E38/39 based bulbs sure they can be founded in USA side however they are more like a heaters once you get over 300 watts sure they can crank out good light but heat as well.

I used to get the E39 indentscent bulbs from time to time in France however most are 230 volt conferated but once a while I will snag a 120 volt verison which simair to American set up.

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