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Cheap metal halide fixtures #137009
05/19/03 10:09 AM
05/19/03 10:09 AM
Texas_Ranger  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,409
Vienna, Austria
Yesterday I had the pleasure of wiring a real cheap ($7) wall mount 500W metal halide fixture. My dad bought 2 or 3 of them years ago (oh, you never know, maybe you can use them some time in the future) and packed them away. Well, yesterday my brother wanted one of them as a video spot light so I dug out a cord and tried to wire up the spot. Even though they were stored perfectly dry the case had started to rust. No manual anywhere. 3 wires. 2 neon yellow ones and a blue one. No markings in sight. So I took out the reflector and traced the wires. Guess what. Yellow = phase and neutral, blue = ground. The screws of the strip connector refused to work, they were stuck fully open. At this point I dumped the bloody cr*p. I remember the one we wired years ago had some sort of instructions, written in a German that sent me ROFLMAO, so I guess they got lost (the box wasn't anywhere near solid).
Cheap bullsh*t!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Cheap metal halide fixtures #137010
05/19/03 10:38 AM
05/19/03 10:38 AM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
Since it was a temporary thing....why not just remove the terminal block and replace it with another piece of terminal strip?

After he was done, take the thing out back and smash it with a brick so nobody can use it ever again if they find it in the trash.

Whenever I throw away something cheap-n-nasty (and unsafe) like that I always make sure to destroy it first. Don't want to be indirectly responsible for someone else's misery.

Re: Cheap metal halide fixtures #137011
05/19/03 10:59 AM
05/19/03 10:59 AM
Texas_Ranger  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,409
Vienna, Austria
More or less what I'm going to do. I was just that fed up yesterday I just threw it aside.


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