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    looking for a new machine lamp for my mill and drillpress. any recomendations? pigpen

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    I went to my local hardware store and asked for a lamp with a flexible shaft. We wondered around the store for awhile and than we came to some replacement lamps with flex shafts for Delta drill presses. It originally had a 12v bulb in it but we found some 110V bulbs with the same pins and ti works beautifully on my lathe!




    The entire shaft is flexible so it has lots of available movement.

    Andy

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    • #3
      I'd recommend a light source that uses CFL or white LEDs.

      I find incandescent lights get too hot and your always having to worry about keeping your hands away from it.

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      • #4
        Shop light

        I really think you get more bang for your buck with a four foot- four bulb flourescent fixture around $65 at Home depot. My celings are ten foot so I hung the fixture on small chain at about 7 ft right over the lathe. The light is more uniform and the new high frequency balasts don't bother me like the old 60 Hz did. I just wired in an extension cord wire that I could just plug into the wall.
        Byron Boucher
        Burnet, TX

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Boucher
          I really think you get more bang for your buck with a four foot- four bulb flourescent fixture around $65 at Home depot. My celings are ten foot so I hung the fixture on small chain at about 7 ft right over the lathe. The light is more uniform and the new high frequency balasts don't bother me like the old 60 Hz did. I just wired in an extension cord wire that I could just plug into the wall.

          There is a 4 bulb 4' florescent right above my lathe in my pics and it is on. So seeing in tight spots you can't beat a light on the machine itself. The groove I was milling in that picture was just a dark hole if I didn't have the machine light on.

          Andy

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          • #6
            For use on a drill press or mill it is pretty hard to improve on the ones that come on a Bridgeport. They need to be adjusted for the proper tension but with that done they work very well. This shows how I tie-wrapped my vacuum to the light arm but it shows the concept pretty well. A better light could be attached in similar fashion.


            Next step up in quality is the use of a Bogen- Manfrotto Magic Arm. These are just a larger version of the Noga type indicator holder. It can be easily adjusted to any position and locked with the turn of one knob. The light can be anything from a LED flashlight to a 500-watt Halogen fixture.

            There was a recent thread that discussed the lights used in Dental offices. Find one of these from ebay or a used implement dealer and you have got the best machine light there is.

            I have tried the magnetic base machine lights. The base and gooseneck are good but the lights that I have bought are junk. One that I got recently would not even work right out of the box. I am going to change out the light housing for a better one. On that subject there is a plastic coated metal electrical conduit that is somewhat flexible but rigid enough to make a good lamp holder.

            I put one of these on my drill press, but it is too soon to tell if I am going to like it.
            http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=SY505-0002
            That is the way it works, sometime you just have to try it to tell.

            Hope this helps.
            Byron Boucher
            Burnet, TX

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            • #7
              Here is what I did on my mill some time ago.

              http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=27846
              Ernie (VE7ERN)

              May the wind be always at your back

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Boucher
                . I just wired in an extension cord wire that I could just plug into the wall.
                Around Christmas time they have these wireless/remote control units that you can get for about 12$. I have one unit that has one switch and three remotes. Beats the hell out of reaching over machinery to plug it in. Most of my lights are on remotes by the door.
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