for at least 15 to 20 years, or so, I have been buying R30 75 watt reflector
floods at the electrical supply house that had "painted" ones. they are
painted a pink color that looks great in the den, which has used brick walls
and other items that look nicer with colored lighting. I want to replace
these with compact fluorescent reflector floods that are colored the same. I
have been unable to find them so far using Google, nor finding a paint or
lacquer to color plain bulbs.
The incandescent 75 watt bulbs I have been buying appear to have been
painted after the manufacture of them, and with a paint that peels from the
heat somewhat after a while.
The compact fluorescent bulbs only get warm, so whatever I paint them with
does not have to be very heat resistant.
Anybody know what kind of paint or lacquer I can use that will allow enough
light through it to be practical in coloring these bulbs?
The gel (theatrical color filters) is the best way to do it and will
give you the most color options to find the correct one. Try
http://www.rosco.com/us/promotions/roscolux.asp and find a dealer in
your area. Get the big sample booklet and use to test with the actual
lamps you intend to use to find the correct color and then buy a sheet
The problem is is that most paint is opaque so it doesn't matter what
color you paint them.
Go to a craft store and find the "paint" they use for making "stained
glass". I think they also make a film that goes on the glass.
As noted the stain glass stuff may work. I don't know how well it will
If you try to filter a compact florescent or any florescent, you may
find that you are filtering out a lot more light than expected since they
tend to be short on the red end of the spectrum anyway.
I've used the stained glass paint on the bulbs in my pinball machines.
That works OK.
What works best though is a Sharpie.
Just use the pen to color the glass of the bulb.
You can even use more than one color.
There is a concern that the solvent in Sharpie ink will penetrate to and
ruin the data in a recordable CD because the data layer is so close to
However, I have goten away with that so far, even with one recordable CD
where I saw from the data-read side the effect of the ink solvent actually
penetrating into the data layer and visible altering its reflection
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
I did some Googling and there doesn't seem to be any solid
evidence of Sharpie caused CD failure, but I guess anything
is a concern.
I'm close to finishing ripping our entire vinyl collection
of about 400 LPs. I haven't gotten to the 45s yet.
If Sharpies cause problems, I guess I'm going to know
about it sooner or later.
Thanks to all; some very good info was given to me. I will try the craft
store to see what they have, and will see if the light from the fluorescent
bulb is any good after passing through the "filter"
I just read your post. Interestingly, I was just at Menard's today and
saw tinted compact flourescent bulbs. They were the 13 watt (60 watt
incandescent equivalent). They had red, blue, orange, green and
yellow, if I recall correctly. I imagine the red, maybe with a few
untinted, might give a similar effect to what you seek.
I'm not sure where you are, so you may not have a Menard's nearby. If
you don't, I imagine you could contact them via their website. I think
the tinted bulbs were manufactured by Feit.
I found the page on Feit's site where they have tinted flourescent:
Hope that helps!
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