220 volt vs 120 volt enlargers

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  1. Is there an advantage in either 120 volt vs 220 volt enlargers?
    Thank you.
     
    Richard Levacy via PhotoKB.com, Jan 14, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    None whatsoever.
     
    jjs, Jan 14, 2005
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    Jim Phelps Guest

    Certainly. A 120 volt enlarger will last much longer when plugged into 120
    than 220. Plug a 120 volt enlarger into 220, and it will work for
    milliseconds, your warranty will be void, and you just may qualify for a
    Darwin award.

    So, in other words, the voltage of your enlarger must match the voltage
    where you intend on using it. For example, in the U.S., use the 120 version
    and in Europe the 220.
     
    Jim Phelps, Jan 14, 2005
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  4. Richard Levacy via PhotoKB.com ha scritto:

    yep ! less risk of electric shock ;)
     
    Fedor Pavlovic, Jan 14, 2005
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  5. You posting wins the latest round of the "Duh!" awards.


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    David Nebenzahl, Jan 14, 2005
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    Jim Phelps Guest

    And the original question doesn't?
     
    Jim Phelps, Jan 14, 2005
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  7. I guess his won the previous round ...


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    David Nebenzahl, Jan 14, 2005
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    Jim Phelps Guest

    Just trying to answer at the same level as the question.
     
    Jim Phelps, Jan 14, 2005
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  9. Hehe please don't quote or respond to people in my kill file :)
     
    Gregory Blank, Jan 14, 2005
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    Louie Powell Guest

    Richard -

    The enlarger voltage should match the electrical service where you live.
    In Europe and some parts of Asia, the standard service voltage is 220v, and
    therefore 220 v would be the appropriate rating for the enlarger. In North
    America and most of South America, the standard service voltage is 120v and
    enlargers to be used in those areas should have that rating.

    Photographically, however, the voltage is unimportant.
     
    Louie Powell, Jan 14, 2005
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    dplotusnotes Guest

    Give the initial poster a break.

    There are advantages to 220v clothes dryers and stoves over their 120v
    siblings.

    Might there be any to 220v enlargers?
    I don't know.
    But that may be why he asked the question.

    Collin
    Caveat: This posting may be as accurate as a Dan Rather comment.
     
    dplotusnotes, Jan 14, 2005
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  12. Domestic 220V is used in the US for high power appliances, such as
    the above dryers and stoves.

    But a 2,000+ watt enlarger? Somewhere there may be an 11x14" enlarger
    with a xenon/HID arc lamp light source, but most use a ~150W light bulb.
    At 150W there is no advantage to 220V.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Jan 14, 2005
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  13. Heh. Just for that, I'm going to outfit my old Elwood with a BAK projection
    lamp (1000 watts) and a forced-air cooling system, courtesy of my old Hell &
    Bowell 16mm projectors. Then fit my enlarging lens with a shutter and make
    exposures in the 1/10 second range ...


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    David Nebenzahl, Jan 14, 2005
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  14. So, why does much of Yurp use 220 while North America limps along on 110?
    Interesting cultural difference.


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    dplotusnotes Guest

    That makes more sense.

    In addition ... I wonder ...
    How many use voltage stabilizers on their condenser enlargers?

    If not, cheap UPSs for $35 or so would really be a good thing to
    obtain.
     
    dplotusnotes, Jan 14, 2005
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  16. Cheap UPS systems don't regulate the AC line. The regulation
    of the cheap "trip-lite" AC regulators is so bad they are not
    worth using.

    There was a cheap solution called a Wein 'Regu-Lite' that worked
    for low-line conditions but could not regulate if the line voltage
    got above 117V. The Wein's design and construction left much to be
    desired, if you get one/have one keep a fire extinguisher handy.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Jan 14, 2005
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  17. Is there an advantage in either 120 volt vs 220 volt enlargers?

    yes.
    220 volts enlargers are much prettier than 120 volts.

    regards,
    Stefano


    PS:
    are you kiddin?
     
    Stefano Bramato, Jan 14, 2005
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    f/256 Guest

    When Edison came up with his generating system he thought making it 200
    something would generate (no pun intended) more law suits than making it
    110, so 110 it was. When Tesla came up with his alternating current system,
    he had to make things downward compatible, so he was stuck with 110 Vac.
    As for why North America use 110 and Yurpeans use 200 and something, one
    reason is that Yurpeans are cheap (or is it wise?) and they don't like to
    spend too much money in copper. Pretty much the same thing as why should I
    drive a Suburban to go to work, wasting lots of gas and polluting like crazy
    when a Fiat will take me there for less (gas + pollutants), may be the
    comparison is a little too off, yeah, I think it is.

    :)
     
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    Andrew Price Guest

    Would you care to supply the necessary crystal ball, such that we can
    tell just who is in your kill-file?
     
    Andrew Price, Jan 14, 2005
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  20. Would you care to supply the necessary crystal ball, such that we can
    tell just who is in your kill-file?[/QUOTE]

    Why? It was a joke.
     
    Gregory Blank, Jan 14, 2005
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