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    Tota lights crapped out

    Has anyone else experience Tota lights just failing. My friend and I both have lights that just failed for no reason. Naturally I tried replacing the bulb and power cords but it didn't help. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Bob
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    Re: Tota lights crapped out

    I had a tota light fail once, and it was indeed very odd. I'm not a total dummy with electricity and electronics, but I couldn't find any failure in the "user accessable" sections of the light. It's been a long time since I've looked inside one, but I think mine had some sort of short inside one of the cast parts...meaning its was essentially unserviceable when contrast against replacing it.

    I could be wrong though.

    That being said, totas don't fail often in my experience, so perhaps you and your friend are simply unlucky.

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      I haven't had any problems with Tota's, but Lowell is a bit on the rinky dink side. If isn't the bulb, and it's not the cord, that leaves...the socket. I haven't checked, but you can probably order spare socket sides and swap them out yourself.

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        Good point Barry. Lowel is really good about offering spare parts, so I'm sure you'd be able to switch out the socket.

        I remember looking my broken tota, sitting there in pieces in my old control booth while I contrasted my hourly rate versus the cost of a new tota.

        the tota went in the trash.

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          #5
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          I'm great at spending hours trying to fix something that's cheap to replace. I do have a talent for taking anything *apart*.

          Bob--maybe call Lowell and complain if the light is fairly new. i have no idea about their customer service, but I don't expect new stuff to break unless it's abused. Lowell has a 2 year warranty on lights, so maybe it's covered.

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            #6
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            Send it in to them, they'll give you an estimate. I'll bet you will be VERY suprised at the cost, no matter the age.

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              [quote author=xort link=board=lighting;num=1102015292;start=0#5 date=12/03/04 at 15:35:50]Send it in to them, they'll give you an estimate. I'll bet you will be VERY suprised at the cost, no matter the age.[/quote]

              Surprised good or surprised bad?
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                #8
                Re: Tota lights crapped out

                suprised good...

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                  #9
                  Re: Tota lights crapped out

                  That's helpful to know. I'm a lot more inclined to buy gear from a company with good customer service.

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