Bowens light giving long beep.

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matt simpson Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Bowens light giving long beep.

I have 4 Bowens lights, 2x 250 and 2x 500w (if memory servies me).

One of the lights has an intermittant fault in that it wont flash but gives a long beeping sound (about 1 seconds or so).

Anybody know what this could be?

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Peter Berressem Forum Pro • Posts: 10,647
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Matt, I'd assume that it's the retiring flashtube. In case the flashtube is the same type as in your other units (depends on the model) you could verify this by swapping the tubes.

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matt simpson OP Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

I will try this.

I am sure that they are the same (BW2030 i think).

I need a special star/hex screwdriver (with hole for nipple) to take them off.

Will report back with what happens.

Peter Berressem Forum Pro • Posts: 10,647
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

matt simpson wrote:

I am sure that they are the same (BW2030 i think).

I need a special star/hex screwdriver (with hole for nipple) to take them off.

This tube is standard for all basic Gemini (R) or Esprit heads. AFAIK, you just have to pull the tubes from the socket, no screws are used there... ??

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matt simpson OP Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.
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It has the 2 ends which just pull out, but in the middle it has a 'support' that is fastened to the tube with wire. This is screwed into the body of the flash housing.

I had a look at undoing the wire, but it didnt look as simple as it appeared, so undoing the screw would be the easier option.

Peter Berressem Forum Pro • Posts: 10,647
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

The new tube comes without the support, though with the wire which you have to wind to thesupport foot. So, removing the support from the flash makes no sense at all, doesn't it? Also, you'd have trouble to fix the screw back, as the nut sits lose behind the front plate...

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matt simpson OP Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Ah, ok i see.

I will have to work out how to wind the wire off without having to undo the bracket then.

steveaps Regular Member • Posts: 233
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Hi, it's really easy just Un wrap the wire and the tube pulls out , do not do it any other way you will have a problem. Do it the suggested way very very quick.

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Cherished New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Hi there, sorry to bother you but did you sort your long beep out?
I am having the same issue with my light & not sure what to do?

Cheryl

KernowTog New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Same problem with one of my Bowens, I put a new tube in and the problem went away.

MatthewCP New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Bowens light giving long beep.

Hello,

I've just had a similar problem and have solved it so this may help other users.

I have a basic Gemini 400 and after using it I turned it off with the switch. It beeped for around a second at a time and the green light flickered continuously. I phoned Bowens support and the technician told me that the main rocker switch contacts can 'get stuck'. He advised me to turn it off and unplug it, then to rock the switch quickly from mains through battery and back a dozen times. I then plugged it back in and switched to mains and it now appears to work correctly.

I'm relieved that I don't need a new flash tube!

Hope that helps,

Matthew

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