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Thread: On bulbs for an enlarger

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    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Ottawa, Canada

    On bulbs for an enlarger

    Are there prior darkroom users who have tried various bulbs for enlargers?

    If yes, what are good criteria for enlarger bulbs? I have a Focomat IIc, it is now all together but I don't have a bulb. The recommended bulb is on order, but what's so special about that?

    I see many types of bulbs at the hardware store, and the IIc has a regular bulb socket. There are even daylight bulbs, which claim to have a better match to sunlight. It sounds like it would do a good job for BW, and perhaps a superb job for colour (if I ever get insane enough to do colour at home).


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    Jul 2006

    Re: On bulbs for an enlarger

    Go jump over to as someone might help (a focomat IIc is an old Leica projector yes?) but as far as I know you want a low wattage bulb that has the text around the rim, not on the top of the bulb

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    Mar 2002
    now in Tucson, AZ

    Re: On bulbs for an enlarger

    Most condenser enlargers use one of three bulbs: a #211 @ 75 watts, a #212 @150 watts, or a #213 @ 250 watts. As the previous poster said, the ID is printed around the base of the lamp so the numbers don't appear in negative on your prints. My guess for a 35mm enlarger is that a #211 would be fine. The #212 is standard for a 4x5 Omega; a #213 is way too much for most appplications.

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    Photo Dilettante Donald Brewster's Avatar
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    Feb 2000
    Malibu, CA

    Re: On bulbs for an enlarger

    They seem to have bulbs for old Leica enlargers . . . . for a price, of course.

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