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Case lighting


#1

My jewelry cases have installed lights which run on a transformer.
Unfortunately the transformer on one of the cases is no longer
working. The company which made the lights is no longer in business.
I checked around about getting another transformer and was
discouraged by an electrician about getting one that would work with
the system I have. Therefore, I need to get new lights, definitely
without a transformer. I would just plug it into my power strip,
which goes to an electrical outlet. Have seen some fluorescent ones
which I can screw onto the wood frame of my cases. However, as, in
addition to the built in lights I also use halogen lights which I
clamp onto the outside of the frame of my case. My question is, can I
use both fluorescent and halogen, or would the colors of my gemstones
be adversely affected? I can’t use halogen inside the case because of
the heat generated, and the low voltage ones do not come in a strip
to be mounted inside my case.

Thanks for your suggestions. Alma


#2

Hey

Call econo light use metal halide lights and you will not need case
lights! They are amazing ! I have 15 in my store and color of stones
are great. Another benefit is thing look the same in or out of the
cases!

Chip Stone
Stonecraft
Elko Nevada


#3
Call econo light use metal halide lights and you will not need case
lights! They are amazing ! I have 15 in my store and color of
stones are great. Another benefit is thing look the same in or out
of the cases! 

From another convertee.

They are the way to go. Good colour light and most importantly, not
hot at all. I was frying my jewellery with quartz halogen, even though
the colour of light is probably the best of all the lights available.
They not cheap and the take a little time to light up, but the last
a long time which offsets the cost.

One of the other light medium I have installed in my windows are
LED,s. The ones that work straight off the mains and are shaped like
a quartz halogen bulb. The colour is not the very best and they are (
for now) ferociously expensive, but the last a REALLY long time and
the give off no heat whatsoever. So the would be my light source of
choice were I to install them into a small enclosed space.

Lastly, quartz halogens chew power like nobodies business but with
LED,s this becomes negligible.

Cheers, Hans


#4

Thanks to all who so kindly sent suggestions about lighting my case.
I had the case with me at a show I was participating in this past
weekend. I was able to light it by using some clamp on lights with
halogen bulbs as the transformer of the built in lights had quit
working.

I had an opportunity to roam around the room where the show was
being held and to look at the various lights people were using. I
ruled out the Led strips, as they gave off such a feeble light, of
such a poor color that they certainly did not enhance the jewelry.
The ones I liked the best were the low voltage halogen on a strip.
They do require a transformer, which I was hoping to avoid, but I am
willing to use one as the lighting in the case was excellent. So, I
will be using those.

Thanks again for all the help.
Alma