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Everyone knows that the tritium lamps in night sights eventually go dim. I've got a set of Wilson Nite Eyes on my bedroom gun that are about eight years old and need a recharge.

Anyone know if the lamps (only) can be replaced? Sights are dead on now and I would hate to have to replace the whole units. (Not to mention the cost).

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anybody know if you can buy them and install them yourself? Can you please post the procedure for removal and installation please?

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eddienyr said:
anybody know if you can buy them and install them yourself? Can you please post the procedure for removal and installation please?

Edwin
My understanding--which is worth exactly what you've paid for it--is that you need a special license to handle tritium in this manner, since tritium is a radioactive substance. I would guess that federal regs would require you to have a special setup for removing and installing tritium lamps.

I believe Trijicon will replace old lamps for you. I don't know what the cost is.
 

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Tritium is a radioacitve gas the small quanity that is in the sealed glass container is not very hazerdous in short you get more harmful rays on a partly cloudy day. To replace just buy some new sights, they are not that expensive and the place you buy them from will install for free.
 

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Sheldonj said:
Tritium is a radioacitve gas the small quanity that is in the sealed glass container is not very hazerdous in short you get more harmful rays on a partly cloudy day. To replace just buy some new sights, they are not that expensive and the place you buy them from will install for free.
True on all counts. However, I still recall reading that you need a special license to handle tritium for installation and disposal purposes.
 

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Not sure about larger ammounts but the local gun shop did mine.
 

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Not sure about larger ammounts but the local gun shop did mine.
Did they install your night sights as complete units, or did they install just the tritium lamps themselves into your sights? I'm referring to just the lamps themselves and not the sight/lamp combo.
 

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Tritium sights still good?

When shoping at your favorite firearm store, Is there an easy way to tell if the tritium sights are still good? They look white in store light, and cupping hand over them doesn't seem to change their appearance.
 

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Werik, most of the tritium sights these days have the date of manufacture/installation stamped on them. However, I still want to try them out in a darkened room before purchasing a gun so equipped. The store should be able to accomodate this request somehow..
 

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Just bought new sights

the new sights were only like $40. installed so how much do you think you save by installing just the glass bead? Half life of the stuff if memory serves me is 8 years, so 16 years would be the expected usable time frame for a new set, so far mine are only 4 years old and appear as bright as the day they were bought.
 
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