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Lite4
01-11-2008, 10:05 PM
In the same vein as Chris, I am looking for a better MR-11 lamp. I have been using the Ushios, and frankly they suck. I get called out to 3 different homes about every 2-3 months to change the (burned out) MR-11s that seem to keep blowing prematurely. Half of them come back on when I give them a slight tug and the other half are toast. I am fed up with Ushios lamps and am looking for a better lamp if anybody has had any experience with these.

Thanks

Eden Lights
01-11-2008, 10:07 PM
In the same vein as Chris, I am looking for a better MR-11 lamp. I have been using the Ushios, and frankly they suck. I get called out to 3 different homes about every 2-3 months to change the (burned out) MR-11s that seem to keep blowing prematurely. Half of them come back on when I give them a slight tug and the other half are toast. I am fed up with Ushios lamps and am looking for a better lamp if anybody has had any experience with these.

Thanks

GE Precise always.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-11-2008, 10:54 PM
Precise-ly

JoeyD
01-11-2008, 11:59 PM
All MR11's suck, it comes down to heat and the fixture.

ChampionLS
01-12-2008, 12:46 AM
Put a little dab of NYK Anti-Corrosive Compound on the pins. It will help the electrical connection between the lamp and socket, and also help dissipate some heat from the bulb. It will also make replacing the lamp easier by providing lubrication.

Lite4
01-12-2008, 01:17 AM
I will try the GEs. Thanks guys.

JoeyD
01-14-2008, 12:02 PM
Most MR11's heat are pushed out the front, not sure grease is going to enable the lamp to last longer all though it will prevent the pins form corroding.

irrig8r
01-14-2008, 02:33 PM
I like FX's approach to this... DCB socket and lamp. (No pins. Lots of greasable surface area.) Haven't had one fail prematurely yet. One here has been in over 3 and 1/2 years in an FX CL (vertical, pointing down) running 3 to 5 hrs per night...They won't loosen up the way bi-pins do.

I've also had no problems in the BL or TS (same socket and lamp)

They are a 20 W Xenolux AR-11. Swap out the socket and give one a try.

"Xenolux AR-11 The most efficient lamp option. Produces more light and less heat. Many beam/wattage choices. Average Life Hour: 8,000 Hours. Available Lamp Wattage: 20,35"

Lite4
01-15-2008, 12:02 AM
Thanks Gregg, Were those fx sockets? Or just generic DCB sockets?

irrig8r
01-15-2008, 01:54 AM
The ones I used are the same sockets that that come with the FX fixture, brass. But I bet you can find others out there. DCBs used to be common for auto taillights. And because these are xenon they don't get as hot as halogen.