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December 2nd, 2011 Posted in General, worth knowing Tags: , , , ,

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With conventional lightbulbs it has begun – electric light for everybody. Read about the history of modern light…

Within the past five to ten years, LEDs became very popular in the lighting industry. With all the hype about even brighter LEDs one might forget that there are still conventional lightbulbs.

Sometimes one feels reminded of the “wars” between analog and digital signal processing in audio technology when incandescent lamps are called “warm” and LEDs are called “cold”. On the other hand, the lightbulb’s light efficiency of 5 to 30 lumens per watts or an efficiency of less than 10 % is considered to be very low and not environmentally friendly. This is why the lightbulb is partly forbidden in Australia and in the EU – a development which did not help the LED but the energy-saving lamp which is also not environmentally friendly.

For the entertainment industry, the wide selection of different lamps is very positive. Technicians can choose from a large variety of tools to be used for solving a lighting installation. When classical incandescent lamps should be used, one must make a decision between with halogen additive or not. Halogen lamps have a longer live and are a little brighter at the same wattage. Are there any other differences? Which are the main steps in the development of incandescent lamps?

GlühlampeThe lightbulb’s history dates back more than 200 years. In 1802, the Englishman Sir Humphry Davy experimented with the just invented battery and platinum filaments, but nowadays he is more known for developing the carbon-filament bulb. For the early 19th century, there is also controversial evidence for a lightbulb designed by De la Rue or De la Rive. Up to now, neither the designer, nor the origin or an exact year could be given. The sources speak of an invention around 1820 or even earlier, however, there is no evidence from this period of time. In 1835, the Scottish James Bowman Lindsay publicly presented a lightbulb with platinum filament and vacuum flask, but he didn’t continue to pursue the idea. Further patents of other scientists followed in the 1840s and the 1850s. A mass production never started because platinum has a melting point of approx. 1770° C and the light efficiency was rather low. High material costs also contributed to the failure.

Thomas_Alva_Edison_kToday, Thomas Alva Edison is regarded as the real inventor of the incandescent lamp as he succeeded around 1880 with carbonized bamboo filaments. With the coal he could work with the double temperature compared with platinum. Edison already had some experience with the coal filament from earlier inventions. The legend that the German Heinrich Göbel already invented a working coal filament bulb in 1854 cannot be maintained when regarding the sources and was maybe only announced due to patent litigations with Edison.

Patent Light_bulb_EdisonThe coal filament was quickly replaced by materials like osmium and tantalum which were first available at the turn of the century. The material tungsten with a melting point of 3400° C, which is still being used today, was only available a little later due to the contributions of Carl Auer von Welsbach, the founder of OSRAM, and other scientists. But again, it was Edisons company General Electric (GE) which launched the lightbulb as known today from 1911. GE’s success remains until today because most household lamps still use the base with Edison thread (E14, E27, E40). Further improvements were reached by adding noble gas and spiral heating coils.

The lightbulb’s life is limited because atoms leave the heating coil at especially hot places. These atoms gather at the cooler flask. When a larger flask is used, the gathering can be spread on a larger space and the shadowing of the glass can be reduced a little bit. The number of atoms leaving from the heating coil depends very much from the voltage being used and thus the temperature being reached. Increasing the voltage by 20 % doubles the brightness, but also reduces the life by 95 %. Increasing the voltage by only 5 % still reduces the life by 50 %. In the first half of the 20th century, finding the compromise between brightness or light efficiency and the lamp life lead to an illegal cartel with all big manufacturers like General Electric, Osram and Philips. Still today, there are rumors that manufacturers artificially reduce the lamp life.

By adding noble gas like xenon, argon or krypton, the evaporation of heating coil tungsten atoms can be reduced. Furthermore, the noble gas allows a higher heating coil temperature and thus a higher light efficiency. This can be optimized by increasing the interior pressure of the flask, but the maximum interior pressure depends on the ruggedness of the flask.

In the middle of the 20th century, the development of halogen lamps brought several essential improvements. Additional halogen like iodine reacts with the vaporizing tungsten and stabilizes a tungsten containing atmosphere in the flask. The tungsten condensate does not gather on the glass but again on the heating coil. As the tungsten moves rather to the thicker parts of the heating coil, the lamp life is not significantly increased. Instead, the halogen enables much more compact flasks so that even higher interior pressure can be realized. Furthermore, a smaller flask reduces the costs for filling it with expensive noble gas. The decisive point for a longer lamp life of halogen lamps is not the tungsten-halogen-circle, but the especially high interior pressure of the gas. A further contribution was the invention of especially rugged and heat-resistant silica glass.

Some day, the heating coil of a halogen lamp does also burn through because noble gas and halogen cannot avoid that the heating coil becomes thinner at some places and finally burns through. Mostly, this happens in a critical situation when switching on and when a very high currents runs through the lamp. We refer to the pre-heat-function of many dimmers and lighting controllers which provide voltage to the lamp shortly below lighting up and thus reducing the starting currents.

Another advantage of halogen lamps is the much higher light efficiency especially in the low voltage sector. Halogen lamps can be operated at low voltage in households.

Why should any technician choose lightbulbs without halogen mixing, when there are so many advantages?

Next to the price difference between the two versions, the light temperature and its spectrum is also very important. Even carbon-filament bulbs are still popular as they have their own specifications regarding color temperature and starting behavior. Halogen lamps have a color temperature of 3000 and 3400 Kelvin, “normal” bulbs have 2200 to 2800 Kelvin depending on the wattage and the filling.

 

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Colour range daylight

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Colour range light bulb

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Colour range halogen

In artistically demanding surroundings, it may be useful to have bulbs without halogen mixture. Halogen lamps also have the disadvantage that they emit a low portion of ultraviolet light so that skin burns may be caused or color surfaces may be bleached.

Sources:

Max Keller: Faszination Licht

Carl-Friedrich Baumann: Licht im Theater

Paint it black!

November 30th, 2011 Posted in General Tags: , ,

Black Cases

Cases don’t have to be merely functional – they are also allowed to be an optical highlight. Such as our new all-blackl hardware cases. Until now, cases like that have only been available at special manufacturers – now, Steinigke offers them as well.

Transporting CD players safely, that’s the meaning behind the two noble black flightcases. Both measure a height of 85 mm and a length of 420 mm (inner dimensions). Just their width differs: the BLHD Type 2 is a bit wider (320 mm compared to 250 mm). Apart from that, the two cases are identic in their first-class quality. Not only considering the looks, also in the matter of workmanship:

7 mm thick multilayered glued plywood, an interior upholstered with foam, a aluminum profile frame (30 mm) with rounded edges, three-leg. Medium-sized steel ball corners, 2 high-quality butterfly locks, padded carrying handles, adopter strips for fitting the respective players and a removable front plate for front-loading CD players.

The all-black cases are available from now on.

CD-Player Tragekoffer, BLHD CD-Player carrying case, BLHD-Typ 1 

CD-Player Tragekoffer, BLHD-Typ 1

CD-Player carrying case, BLHD Typ 2 

CD-Player Tragekoffer, BLHD Typ 2


The Outlook: Fog

November 29th, 2011 Posted in General Tags: ,

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Don’t miss this opportunity: From the 1st until the 31st of December prices of 10 Antari fog machines are reduced. We like to show you which devices have become cheaper. The prices can be checked in the restricted dealer’s area – on the 1st of December. The Power Offer which contains the foggers can already be downloaded.

ANTARI W-508 Fogger  

Antari W-508 Fogger

ANTARI W-510 Fogger  

Antari W-510 Fogger

ANTARI W-515 Fogger  

Antari W-515 Fogger

ANTARI W-530 Fogger  

ANTARI W-530 Fogger

ANTARI X-510II Fogger & Controller X-10II  

ANTARI X-510II Fogger & Controller X-10II

ANTARI X-310PRO Fazer, Controller X-10PRO  

ANTARI X-310PRO Fazer, Controller X-10PRO

ANTARI F-3 Fazer  

ANTARI F-3 Fazer

ANTARI HZ-500E Hazer  

ANTARI HZ-500E Hazer

ANTARI Z-1000II + Z-10 ON/OFF-Controller  

ANTARI Z-1000II + Z-10 ON/OFF-Controller

ANTARI Z-1500II with Controller Z-20  

ANTARI Z-1500II mit Controller Z-20

The price you pay!

November 17th, 2011 Posted in General Tags:

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Good news for you! We have updated our price list and we were able to reduce some of the articles’ prices. Most of them can be found in the field of LED lighting technology.

Shortly before this year’s final days we have also updated our assortment – a look into the Sale section might be very interesting as many discontinued lines are waiting for you…

News of ANTARI

October 28th, 2011 Posted in General Tags: ,

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F-3 Fazer Flightcase 230V900W - 51702680Keep dry!

With the F-3 Antari shows the answer to the question how a modern and sophisticated fazer should be equipped. At first, it’s the housing which catches the eye. Thanks to the case covering the unit is very sturdy, can easily be transported and stacked.
But the modern and silent air pump system is even more remarkable. This system produces an unbelievable dry fog leaving no residue. Even the heater stays dry and thus can achieve a much longer lifespan. Moreover, the fluid consumption is considerably low – 1 liter provides five hours of fogging.

Antari HZ-350 Hazer w/wireless Remote - 51702685Control needs no cable

The HZ-350 Hazer is a concession to customers demanding a reliable and comfortable radio control. Et voilà, the newly designed transmitter perfectly fits the hand and has an operating distance of up to 50 meters. That should be enough a distance for most applications. Its options with only two buttons (on/off) is kept easy with intent. Easy is the keyword, as the innovative LCD control offers a clear and uncomplicated structure. It allows users to set the hazer directly by just moving their fingertips. Simple – but convincing.