Enlarger bulbs for the Durst C35

Today I bought and collected a second-hand Durst C35 enlarger. It needed a new bulb, and the manual says very little about bulbs except you must use a MELAMP 55.

Users in some forums, including this one, say that compatible bulbs are difficult to find, or expensive. A little research tells me that the correct bulb is 55W, with an E26 Edison screw fitting, and an R20 glass envelope.

Thanks to Don’s Bulbs, it was easy to find out that these are all standards, and R20 is more commonly known as R63 or R64, because the widest part of the glass is 63 or 64mm in diameter.

And I’m delighted to say that Tesco (and probably almost every other retailer of domestic bulbs) have R20 bulbs with an E26 screw – albeit in a 60W version. If you can cope with the tiny difference in power, you can pick up two of these for £2.

The only snag I can see is that these bulbs probably have a different colour balance from the original Durst bulbs. I print in black & white so it doesn’t matter to me, but it might if you were to print in colour.

4 Comments

  1. Ales
    October 3, 2013
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    Thank you Jonathan – this short and to the point arricle was heaven sent – I am on my way to Tesco 😉 …

  2. Lynn
    March 31, 2014
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    thank you Jonathan! My Durst lamp just gone last night and your information is tremendously helpful.

  3. xavtek
    April 6, 2014
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    I just bought a used c35 enlarger and was worried I won’t be able to find a fitting bulb (I read from the manual I downloaded what kind of bulb it requires). A quick search led me to your blog and I think I am going to buy and try an led bulb! Might be interesting, more durable and energy saving…

    • April 6, 2014
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      An LED bulb should work but will probably be a bit dimmer. You probably won’t be able to use multigrade paper since that relies on a continuous spectrum that you only get from a filament bulb. Worth an experiment though – let me know how you get on!

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