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January 2011

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I haven't posted in a while, but I thought I should share this picture....

I took this bulb out of a projector a few weeks ago...the only time I have ever put on ALL the saftey gear to change out a bulb....this one scared the crap outta me! And forgive the kinda crappy quality, I took this pic with my phone...

About a month before that I changed out a bulb that was also excessively cloudy, almost to the point of being black and had drops of the silver on the glass, but it at least wasn't blue like the front of this one was! And it was dead instead of barely showing on screen like this one was....


That bulb is win! I had one the wasn't quite that cloudy, but I was absolutely petrified of it exploding on me.

On opening day of "Seven Pounds," one of the gears in the back of our projector head gave way and so the feed and hold back sprockets weren't rotating at all. We couldn't even find which gear it was. Turns out the outer portion itself had been so chewed up that it had crumbled into pieces...
The one I had changed out a few weeks earlier was almost as dark as the back half of that bulb, but it had died completly rather then what this one was doing...which was barely producing enough light to be seen on screen. Looked like I was looking through a changeover that was closed with a tiny hole in it...

and damn, that sucks! We had an intermitent go out on us once...that was....fun to change out. Myself and my boss were both covered in projector oil by the time we got the old one out and the new one in. Timing the shutter was also a bitch!But at least now I know how to do it!
huh...interesting. what made it blue like that? I've only been doing projection for a year now; it's kind of interesting to finally understand what you guys were talking about all the time when you mentioned the projection stuff :P
and how much safety gear do you guys have? all we have are face shields, which no one uses, and we just use the cotton build gloves to make sure we don't touch the glass of the bulb[some don't even bother with those either]
I have no idea why it was blue. I'd never seen one turn that color before then.

At the theater I am at now they have heavy duty leather gloves, a leather apron, and a face shield. The theater I was at before had welding gloves that go all the way up the arm and have a flap between them to protect the chest area along with the face shield. Normally I'll just change out the bulb with my bare hands, and if it's an emergency change out (ie has been running but died on us) I'll use the gloves after waiting the 10 minutes for the bulb to cool as my hands are very sensative to the heat.