D-Tech MX7000 question, observation and reminiscing funny story...

Jennifer Rose Towing

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So I have an MX7000 with D-Tech rotators on my display (3 glass, 2 plastic). I typically only run it for 5 minutes or less. The other day I ran the outer rotators for a good 20 min. The dome above the light was starting to deform from the heat. I shut it off and put a wet washcloth on top of each to cool the dome. No cracking, bubbling or damage but slightly deformed now. It is on my display so I might put in lower wattage bulbs. The only issues I have heard of them is the plastic reflectors flaking. How did the domes not melt and collapse onto the rotator when used in service? I was thinking of putting in a tiny computer fan but I dont think that would really help. Other then a lower wattage bulb, any tips/suggestions?

While thinking about this, I remembered a funny story of a bar I sold years ago. Sold an all amber MX to a kid with a plow truck. He contacted me a week later seeing if ai had any spare parts. He wanted to see it work in his bedroom so he stuck the ends of the wires in an electrical outlet at home. I never saw the bar but he said all the light bulbs literally ecploded, bent some of the rotators and 3 of the motors ignited. Im sure they burned all the oxygen and went out. Some people, lol.
 

coop359

Member
Thanks for the warning. I just got a D tech MX from a FD. It had 4 extra new plastic D Tech covers. The ones on the bar are hard to tell what color they are. Probably from heat. I will put small bulbs in when I clean it up. I never cared for D Tech. It was cool to go RBRB but it was less bright.
 

kenwied

Member
I put lower wattage bulbs in my D-Tech's mainly because it's a display only bar. Most of the heat related issues should be alleviated.
 
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Jennifer Rose Towing

Jennifer Rose Towing

Established Member
I put lower wattage bulbs in my D-Tech's mainly because it's a display only bar. Most of the heat related issues should be alleviated.
What bulbs did you use? I put #93 in my display Vision and they work pretty good. The filiment is horizontal so I would rather get a vertical one. Currently mine has H1 bulbs but I have the bulb bases to convert them.
 

kenwied

Member
What bulbs did you use? I put #93 in my display Vision and they work pretty good. The filiment is horizontal so I would rather get a vertical one. Currently mine has H1 bulbs but I have the bulb bases to convert them.
That's what I used as well. I don't need the extreme beam of light as a display bar.
 

dg0223

Member
I actually shoehorned some D-Techs into the front sections of a Code 360 bar. They looked pretty neat, but they were the plastic kind, not the glass kind, and yes, to echo @Jennifer Rose Towing — I hated the flaking off of the magic D-Tech fairy dust.
 

2004p71

Junior Member
I rarely use my d tech bar but I will keep that in mind if I want to let it run for extended period of time.
 
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Jennifer Rose Towing

Jennifer Rose Towing

Established Member
I rarely use my d tech bar but I will keep that in mind if I want to let it run for extended period of time.
I put #93 bulbs in 2 of the rotators. Being the filiment is horizontal but the reflector is designed for vertical the light is terrible. It produces a dim very thin light output. I would be willing to bet using an led bulb will produce the same if not better results. (Mine is on my display wall indoors and the light reflection is terrible). If the filiment were verticle I suspect it would be significantly better. I will likely try some type of led just to test. Even though it wont come close to hitting the proper point on the reflector, the added light output should make up for the difference.
 

2004p71

Junior Member
most led light if not all are in the 5k 6k range and produce a blueish light wich do not work well with filters . I tyred them in the past on an aerodynic with amber dome and got greenish color .
 

jdh

Veteran Member
Jennifer Rose Towing said:
"He wanted to see it work in his bedroom so he stuck the ends of the wires in an electrical outlet at home"
"You can't fix stupid, not even with duct tape."

That is someone not knowing the basics of electricity. Bonk. That will be an expensive lesson. That is not the first time I heard someone do that.
 

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