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does anybody know where I can get some light bulbs for my 1920 Fairbanks and morse light plant? I think it is a 32 or a 36volt light plant

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Default Re: fairbanks and morse light plant

I couldn't locate any 32 volt bulbs so I bought three 12 volt drop cord bulbs at the local electrical supply house and wired them in series. They burn just a little dimmer than the 32 volt bulbs but it's really not noticeable. Just be sure you wire them end to end in series to imitate one 36 volt bulb.
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The tag on F/M light plant is 36 volts at full capacity. I also would like to find 36 volt bulbs.

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The tag on F/M light plant is 36 volts at full capacity. I also would like to find 36 volt bulbs.

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You might check with the railroad guys. The steam locomotive dynamos were 32-36 volt , I think.

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You might check with the railroad guys. The steam locomotive dynamos were 32-36 volt , I think.

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I heard that but how do I get ahold of them? I have been trying but with no luck. Do you know of a way to contacting them?

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The F/M system is charging at 36 volts but uses 32 volt accessories. The overvoltage is for charging batteries. You can hook up 36 volts in batteries, but they will be undercharged in service, due to internal resistance. You can get 8 volt tractor batteries (you need 4) at Tractor Supply stores.

If you can get incandescant bulbe, clear 200 watt bulbs will light up pretty good on 32 volts. An electrical supply can order 32 volt bulbs for you, but they won't be cheap. 32 VDC is used in maritime (ships) and railroads. The bulbs are out there, but you have to look for them. Look on EBay or Craigs list, and place an ad here on the Stak in the Enginads forum.
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[QUOTE=Andrew Mackey;1015398]The F/M system is charging at 36 volts but uses 32 volt accessories. The overvoltage is for charging batteries. You can hook up 36 volts in batteries, but they will be undercharged in service, due to internal resistance. You can get 8 volt tractor batteries (you need 4) at Tractor Supply stores.

If you can get incandescant bulbe, clear 200 watt bulbs will light up pretty good on 32 volts. An electrical supply can order 32 volt bulbs for you, but they won't be cheap. 32 VDC is used in maritime (ships) and railroads. The bulbs are out there, but you have to look for them. Look on EBay or Craigs list, and place an ad here on the Stak in the Enginads forum.
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When you say 200 watt bulbs is that 110 volts, or 32 volts?

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200 Watt 110 volt bulbs. Not made for 32 volt, but will work in a pinch, and are a lot cheaper than the 32s. They will be about as bright as a 60 Watt 32 volt bulb. You can get 32s in 25, 40, 60, 75, 100 and 250 watts. I bought a box of 24 Phillips 250 watt 32 VDC bulbs in 1986 - cost me $13.60 EACH, back then! Now days??? They looked like regular bulbs, but were used in locomotive headlamps! Bright as the dickens, loaded the light plant pretty well, and lit up the model building end of Jacktown's display area like daylight!
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Try a marine supply house. A few years ago we bought a bunch of locomotive headlight bulbs at an old marine hardware store. Turns out that they are used in the large spotlights on tugboats.
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Hi Geist, check the link below, they have 32 volt bubs listed by Anchor 7.26 ea pkg of 2 check it out. Hal

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...t.do?pid=11744

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Hi Geist, check the link below, they have 32 volt bubs listed by Anchor 7.26 ea check it out. Hal

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...t.do?pid=11744
That's actually not a bad price......unless you needed a couple hundred of 'em.

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Does anybody know where I can get some light bulbs for my 1920 Fairbanks Morse light plant? I think it is a 32 or a 36volt light plant

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Even Amazon.com has them:

http://www.amazon.com/General-05032-.../dp/B0085UW1U4

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http://www.1000bulbs.com/search/?filter[category]=1930&filter[attribute_voltage]=34

---------- Post added at 07:35 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:33 PM ----------

That first link didn't show up right. Try this one. http://www.1000bulbs.com/search/?filter[category]=1930&filter[attribute_voltage]=34
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Thanks for all of your help, I knew you guys could help me

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