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[APD] Re: German vs American metal halides? (was "help with > finding inexpensive metal halides?")
> Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 12:55:34 -0400
> From: Jennifer Malmquist <jenmalmquist at gmail_com>
> my fixture was shipped with
> "American-made" bulbs that have the glass bulb similar to those you
> would put in a house lamp (skinny base, round on top), but the sources
> many of you directed me to was the "German-made" style of a straight
> bulb (only as thick as the base). Does anyone know if the German and
> American made styles are interchangeable? I don't want to switch styles
> unless I can be certain that using the German bulb won't cause a fire...
> ...Is there anything about the ballast that would require use of a
> bulb type? Unfortunately the fixtures are no longer sold by the company
> I purchased them from (I was trying to post the link) but they are
> pendants made by Hamilton.
> Here is a page that shows the two styles of bulb
> Thank you for your help!!! - Jen
Physically, all mogul based lamps will interchange. Whether or not
they'll work depends on what ballast you're using.
There's a good explanation of the differences here:
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