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Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?

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Posted on February 12, 2017 at 11:36:31
Triode_Kingdom
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I was thinking about another use for the lighting transformers today, a means of saving space and weight. Essentially, I'm looking for a better way to power 12V and 6V IDH tubes, especially those that draw substantial current - 6AS7s, 6BL7s, quads of 6W6s, etc. If the ~12VAC (or modified 6VAC) output of the electronic transformer were fed to a bridge rectifier, then to a LC filter, the result would be a much smaller and more efficient system than the conventional linear filament transformer.
In this application, the input of the lighting transformer wouldn't need the typical modification discussed here regarding the line filter capacitor and fusible resistor. The transformer could operate essentially as-is, and filtering the 60kHz output should be very simple. I like the fact that typical switching supplies produce DC, and that they're regulated. However, they're much larger than the lighting transformers, and they won't fit well (if at all) under the 1.5-2" chassis I want to use.

Quite a few people here have experimented with the halogen transformers for ultrasonic heating. Have any of you tried rectifying and filtering the output for the purpose described above?




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RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 12:23:08
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Since they are indirectly heated tubes, why do you want DC? I know that some prefer to feed such tubes with DC but I wonder why you would do that when using high frequency AC.

And no, I have not tried what you suggest.

ray

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 12:44:29
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How would that be different from using a small 120 primary /12 volt secondary regular transformer hooked up to a bridge and LC filter? Some of them are pretty small too.

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 13:22:02
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Conventional filament transformers capable of 6-10A aren't small. None that I've seen will fit in a shallow chassis.





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RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 14:51:18
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When it comes to HF AC heating, I'm bothered by the capacitance between the filament and cathode in IDH tubes. It's not clear to me that this can be ignored, that a null can be achieved or maintained. All things considered, it seems there might be less risk to the DC approach.


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RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 15:53:54
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It would be interesting to try all three approaches and see what you prefer when you listen. I'll have to try it sometime next month when I am back in town.

DC
AC 60 Hz
AC whatever MHz

ray

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 18:11:43
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Please do post your results.

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 12, 2017 at 18:25:20
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I am off to India for three weeks, but I think I can do this when I come back using my old Tubetaster line stage if I modify it a little. It is a work of art and a joy forever.

ray

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 03:01:40
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And what, pray tell, will you be doing in India?

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 05:14:10
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I have been retired for 7 years and each year in addition to other travels, I go off by myself for some sort of trip, usually for a few weeks. My wife enjoys the period home alone, particularly the quiet. When I meet various couples during my journeys and they ask about my wife and I mention her attitude, a light comes into the wife's eyes and they understand precisely.

I am just doing a 22 day tour in northern India. When I was in Turkey two years ago, some other travelers told me to go there. I will blog the trip at the link below.

ray

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 07:05:29
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Sounds like fun! I visit China every few years, usually for a month or so. It's great to get a different perspective on the world once in a while.



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RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 07:12:00
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My experience is that every country has something different and interesting.

And of course, 90% of the people I meet are very helpful and friendly, especially when I smile.

ray

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 10:22:42
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Sounds like you are really enjoying your retirement. Have fun. When you get back remind me and I will show you how to build a squirrel proof bird feeder. As with most things, when you finally figure it out it is very easy to do. I battled them for months until I finally came up with my current design. No problems anymore.

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 10:24:36
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Now that would be very interesting. Does it involve zapping them with high frequency AC?

ray

 

squirrel-proof?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 11:36:01
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We have a bird feeder outside our kitchen window, on a post. My wife has an eternal battle with the squirrels who have managed to either eat or climb around any barrier she places on the pole to prevent their climbing up to get the food. Which is ridiculous on their part, since the birds splash food all over the ground where the squirrels are welcome to it. However, they are greedy little bastahds.

 

RE: Halogen Lighting Transformer w/ Rectifier & Filter?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 18:06:13
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Now there's a thought!

 

RE: squirrel-proof?, posted on February 13, 2017 at 18:08:15
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Watch for future posts. When Ray gets back from India I will posts pictures and a description of how it's done. Easier than one might think.

 

it's not flying-squirrel proof !, posted on February 13, 2017 at 18:53:19
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Two Words: RAT ZAPPER! , posted on February 13, 2017 at 19:40:50
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see da link...



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never seen one in this neck of the woods, posted on February 14, 2017 at 03:36:39
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they are nocturnal and more populous than "normal" squirrel -nt-, posted on February 14, 2017 at 05:50:58
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We had one living in our chimney..., posted on February 14, 2017 at 07:50:24
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Late one night I was watching TV in the total darkness, when I perceived something run across the room between me and the flat screen, very very fast. And it disappeared into our living room. We subsequently figured out it was an animal that periodically was invading our pantry for food while living in our chimney. My wife eventually trapped it in the pantry, using a Have-a-Heart trap provided by our hardware store. She drove it out into the country and released it. It was a bona fide flying squirrel. She thought it was so cute she hated to let it go. Just like Rocky.

 

another take on squirrel 'proofing', posted on February 14, 2017 at 09:43:13
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A 25 Cal, Benjamin Marauder is a much more satisfying feeder protection device, and squirrels are waaay too tasty to ignore...:)
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Douglas

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Tree Rats, posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:56:53
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They like to chew on the house, so I've been knocking them out of the trees with a Gamo for several years. Don't care to eat them though...







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RE: Tree Rats, posted on February 24, 2017 at 03:38:38
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The quarter bore Marauder allows a significant reach increase over springers, gas ram or otherwise...:)
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Douglas

Friend, I would not hurt thee for the world...but thou art standing where I am about to shoot.

 

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