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Violins
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We make a special kit just for violins that uses 4 luthier grade lamps and a ballast to power them at medium-high power levels, 45 watts of ultra-high frequency power. The kit comes with the bulbs, the ballast, the lamp holders and some wire but you need to build the rig yourself. How you build it is up to you, and everyone does it differently. This guide is just to help you with the basics, and you can modify the design for your situation and tastes.

Overview
To use the kit, you are going to need a few more things. You will need to build a box to house the light. Outside dimensions of 28" x 28" with a height of over 48", or a little bigger if you do violas as well. The key is allowing 2" for the depth of the lamp and holders, plus keeping the lamps at least 4 inches away from the violin. The box should be open at the bottom to allow plenty of airflow and on the top it should have a fan that is blowing up. The fan doesn't need to be huge but it can't be tiny either. There are 100 ways to do this, depending on skills and budget. The idea is to work with the natural convection and just exhaust the excess heat.

The majority of builders use a small motor to spin the violin in the chamber slowly. The most common source for this is the motors used for mirrored balls (disco balls) that night clubs use. Any DJ supply house should have them. They rotate around 6 revolutions per minute, which is perfect. They are fairly inexpensive. A few people have modified the motors from the rotisserie attachments from outdoor grills. This is a little overkill, but if you have access to one already, it will work. The key is slowly turning the violin so it will get even exposure from the lights.

The ballast that powers the bulbs should be connected on the OUTSIDE of the box, so we aren't adding unnecessary heat to the box. Assuming you are building a wooden box (the vast majority do) then you can screw the ballast directly to the outside. The ballast is connected with two screws. We strongly suggest using long enough screws that you can stick a bolt through the screw, kind of like a washer, between the ballast and the wood. This shim will raise the ballast off the wood surface and help keep it cool. 1/4" to 1/2" is sufficient to prevent heat from building up in the ballast. It isn't required, but since you will be running the ballast for days at a time, it is a simple way to extend the life of the ballast.

Depending on where you live, a humidifier may be a good idea. A small to medium sized humidifier that puts out near the base of the violin rig is helpful to keep the wood from drying out during the curing process, particularly if you live in a dry area, or it is very cold outside, thus the indoor air is already dry. We want to pace the curing process, not rush it, and we want to be sure to not overdry the wood, so for less than 50 dollars, it's good investment.

You want to buy a can of spray glue (3M makes a good product for around 7 bucks at any hardware store). You will spray the inside and cover the inside with aluminum foil. making sure the shiny side faces in. This does not need to look perfect, and in fact, it is better if the foil is NOT perfect, as to make the light diffuse better. This isn't a required step, but it is beneficial and cheap. You will need to have a parabola or at least a flat surface that doesn't interfere with airflow on the bottom of the box. This doesn't need to be attached, it can be something you put in place once you get started curing. The idea is to reflect some light onto the bottom of the violin, which isn't being directly exposed.

Solacure Means Quality

Solacure ultraviolet lamps aren't just good, we guarantee they are the best or we will give you your money back. Our patented glass is more transparent to UVA and UVB. Our custom cathode/anode sets lets you run 2 to 3 times more power than a standard lamp in the same size. All of our lamps have built in reflectors. We have a lamp for every need.

We stand behind everything we sell and guarantee each will perform exactly to specification, or we will replace them. We don't want your business this week, we want it every week, and we are willing to earn it. There really is a difference in quality when it comes to ultraviolet bulbs, and Solacure tops the list. Order online, over the phone, or call us if you need a custom UV lamp made, with fairly low minimums (around 2000 pieces). We can make it happen.

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