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Ivan Plamondon
Film Handler

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From: Welland, Ontario, Canada
Registered: May 2013


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Looking for feedback on anyone using ASL lamps for film projectors.

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Gordon McLeod
Film God

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From: Toronto Ontario Canada
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Have had relatively good luck with them

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Steve Guttag
We forgot the crackers Gromit!!!

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From: Annapolis, MD
Registered: Dec 1999


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Though we have not supplied them for large-format...we have historically supplied ASL lamps and they have done very well and are very well supported by the company.

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Joe Elliott
Master Film Handler

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From: Port Orange, Fl USA
Registered: Oct 2006


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It's been about 3 years since I was in a theater, but we had used ASL lamps. In 11 years in the theater industry prior, I had only had 1 lamp ever explode. In the 2 years I was at this last theater, we had 3 explode, and 1 exploded shortly after I left there. Then they went digital. The nice thing was we had metal reflectors, so it only scratched them up. They, at least at the time, did a 100% warranty, so if it exploded, or you had to remove in for any other reason, they would just send you a new bulb. We did also have a series of 6 bulbs that would not maintain a stable arc after about 500 hours, but they finally figured out that the tungsten had the wrong mix of other elements, essentially it was a bad batch of bulbs. I cannot say that I recommend them, but the 100% warranty does make up somewhat for the lack of quality control.

I would not recommend them for digital.

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Ivan Plamondon
Film Handler

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From: Welland, Ontario, Canada
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Thanks for your input everyone! Keep it coming.

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Joe Elliott
Master Film Handler

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From: Port Orange, Fl USA
Registered: Oct 2006


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Also, from ASL's website:

quote:
Advanced Specialty Lighting was formed in July 2003 through the acquisition of the business formerly known as ORC and the Entertainment and Lithography Division of PerkinElmer, Inc.

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Steve Moore
Expert Film Handler

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From: Leeds, West Yorks, UK
Registered: Apr 2008


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I've currently running my first lamp of their, a 2000w one in a Christie CP2000, and its a good stable light and has been running around 1400 hours so far (out of a warranted 2200). Over that time my wattage has steadily increase from 1600w to now 1710w to maintain the F.L. on screen; so fingers crossed it lasts it's time. Though now ORC is mentioned, rather worried, as I never had much luck with those years ago on 35mm, generally failing quite short of time (though never any big bangs)

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System Notices
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It has been 452 days since the last post.


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Burleigh Ibbott
Film Handler

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From: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, UK
Registered: Jul 2006


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Since i have gone digital the lamps are pretty poor. We used Ushio and Osram before all pretty good but expensive. Tried ASL at £380 a pop and found out why so cheap. Never reached half there life as they developed a yellow tinge and not very bright (2000w). Got too many complaints in Hobbit 3 3D as it was too dark. It only done 900 hours by then. I have been told that since they moved the manufacturing to Poland the lamps are very poor.

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