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    Diy flashbulb gun

    Ok. So I've come to the conclusion that I may need to custom build a flash gun for my application.

    I don't need to have a sync circuit. I just need to be able to fire multiple bulbs at once.

    How difficult would something like this be to build? Are the sockets the same as ordinary household bulb sockets?

    Has anyone undertaken a project like this? Does anyone know where I may be able to purchase a premade version?


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    Re: Diy flashbulb gun

    Easy to make. If you use the bigger flash bulbs like #50 which have E27 screw base the same as USA standard light bulb sockets.

    But if you use #50 bulbs you may need only one.

    Start googling info is out there.

    I have also seen that tri-head on eBay.

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    Re: Diy flashbulb gun

    Just buy #50's and the big cheap reflector work light at Home Depot. Done.

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    But how would I set it off? I guess any flashlight circuit might work? Right.

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    #50 bulbs look scarce on the auction sitez

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    Re: Diy flashbulb gun

    Triple head flash units are not very uncommon.
    I have a few of these:

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    ...and two of these, which are uncommon because I made them from separate units.
    They do not use batteries. Instead they are powered by a magneto (the base of the unit.)

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    Going for option one above is probably best.

    NOTE! The image of the spelunker shows the first item above, but he has it loaded with the amazing long-duration (1.7 second) flashbulbs that put out a ton of light!

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    Would you sell me one?

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    I found this. It says as is and it says home made... What could go wrong

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...502314&alt=web

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    Re: Diy flashbulb gun

    Quote Originally Posted by RodinalDuchamp View Post
    I found this. It says as is and it says home made... What could go wrong

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...502314&alt=web
    First, there is no assurance that the flashlight part connects electrically to the 3-head adapter. And it is way over-priced unless we are into bad Steampunk.

    A DIY - just giving it a shot for now:

    0. E12 Male to E27 Female Base LED Light Lamp Bulb Holder Adapter Converter (this replaces the flashlight bulb)

    then Leviton light sockets from Home Depot and many other places.
    One of these:

    1. http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...bed67f_400.jpg

    plus two of these

    2. http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...16fd17_400.jpg

    Three inexpensive disposable pie plates, super glue and a few popsicle sticks and a flashlight base

    As to my own stock, I will check the supplies next week. I need to keep three. Whatever is left I can sell.

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    Re: Diy flashbulb gun

    That's actually a very good place to start. Would it have to be a 3 D battery flashlight necesarily or would a AA battery flashlight work too?

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