What bulbs can I put into my Triolet?

The Triolet is pretty amazing as a durable “do-all” as a basic lighting fixture. It hase the ability to use three different styles of bulb, to offer you a tool that can work with a wide range of wattages and bulb shapes.

Natively, it has a E39 Mogul Screw base – this is a common bulb base for basic lighting fixtures, with primarily clear bulbs from 500W to 1500W in 120V and 220V versions.

Included with the Triolet is a Mogul to Edison E26 reducer, that lets you use screw-in lightbulbs that you’d use in a household lamp. These bulbs are also commonly referred to as practical bulbs, as they’re often used in the “practical” fixtures (i.e. a lamp, seen in the shot) for set lighting. Since its easily one of the most common bulb types you can use anything from traditional photoflood lamps to bulbs you can find at a local hardware store!

Optionally available is what we call the Two Pin adapter or reducer, part number 99304000. This converts the E39 Mogul base to a two-pin GY9.5 base – which is a significantly smaller bulb. We designed this to be a great counterpart to the frosted Triolet dome (#9965), giving you a frosted omni-directional light that is beautiful in a lightbank. Below is a list of bulbs that we’ve tested to work sucessfully, in a range of wattages.

EHC 500W/120V
EHD 00W/120V
FLK 575W/115V
GLA 575W/1115V
GLC 600W/115V
EHF 750W/120V
EHG 750W/120V

The majority of these bulb bases offer bulbs that are tungsten halogen balanced, at 3200K. For daylight (5600K or so) balanced bulbs, we’ve used a range of options. There’s a great variety of E26 Edison CFL’s or compact fluorescents, available in the daylight spectrum. There are a few quality LED bulb options as well, but none that we’ve rigorously tested for color quality and brightness.

A few industrial-application E39 mogul base fluorescents also exist, outputting the equivalent brightness of a 300 or 400W tungsten bulb but also in a 5500-6500K temperature range.

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