18 years ago
a tripod for dirt cheap. I bought them and found that the assembly
lacked a switch or dimmer (hence, that was why it was dirt cheap I
guess but the tripod is actually well done)). I bought one of the
cheap Harbor Freight 120V 15A router speed controls thinking that two
500W bulbs wouldn't stress the unit being that the combined draw
should be well under 15A. When it worked, I had fantastic control of
lighting when welding, cutting, etc.
Well, it made it about 6 months and then I ran the lights for about 8
hours straight yesterday and the HF unit's circuit board melted
What I liked about the HF variable speed control unit was that it had
a grounded cord going to small box with a three way switch - Off,
full-on (pot bypassed), or variable. The variable pot allowed for
real nice control of the light being cranked out and the light's
original power cord just plugged into the bottom of the variable
control where there was a grounded outlet. I'm betting the unit just
wasn't set up for continuous use and couldn't dissipate the heat fast
Can anyone suggest a decent continuous use power control that is
pre-wired with a 120V ground cord and outlet to plug in my light? I'd
like to keep it under $30-50 (the cost for new work light)..
Alternatively, suggestions on how to wire one?