A fluorescent lamp or fluorescent tube is a very low pressure mercury-vapor gas-discharge lamp that uses fluorescence to produce visible light.

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power consumption of electric ballast in TL lamp [duplicate]

the ballast in TL bulbs, how much power will it consume? for how long? lets say I turn on the 24W TL bulb and then I turn it off 2 days later, the light bulb itself will consume 24W * 48h = 1152Wh, ...
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difference between TL and CFL lamps

I just need to confirm quickly if TL (Tube Luminescent) bulbs are actually the same as CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) bulbs. secondly, is it true that ALL TL bulbs will require an electric ballast ...
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PIR Sensor University Project

I'm working on a project to use PIR sensor to save on electricity bill in a university, almost a fresh graduate in Electronics Eng. Load is Fluorescent tubes 44w each via ballast,there will be ...
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Designing a switch box for lights

I need to build a box with 12 momentary push button switches for 12 separate lighting sources. I plan to plug 12 fluorescent lights into the box, then I'd like to control the lights with the push ...
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What does reverse diode on NPN symbol indicate?

Update: A diode in this position is (at least sometimes) referred to as an anti-parallel diode. This term brings up a lot more results on search. I've been scavenging parts from compact fluorescent ...
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How can I test a ballast circuit without?

I have an old table lamp. I want to repair it. It has an external ballast circuit and 9 watt fluorescent lamp (PL). I don't know the circuit is working or not. Is there any way to check it without ...
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Why does compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) save more energy?

I read information about fluorescent lamp and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) but I still don't understand why CFL saves energy and produce the same amount of light? Maybe the electronic ballast ...
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Power consumption of a Fluorescent choke

We had 4 x 36W Fluorescent lamps (120cm) in a kitchen. We replaced them with 4 x 18W LED lamps. This was the Fluorescent choke for the old lamps: Question: how much power did the original ...
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How can a fluorescent lamp run without a ballast?

I have a desk lamp which, sometimes when I start it, causes my computer monitor that is connected to the same outlet to turn off and reset, so I disassembled the lamp to see what could cause this to ...
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Arduino with mosfet resets when switching on/off fluorescent lights

I'm working on this project for opening a lot of solenoids and to turn on/off lights. When I'm testing, everything seems fine, but in production, the Arduino resets or even behave strangely by ...
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How does fluorescent lamp produce audible sound when blinking?

A fluorescent lamp will often blink near end of its life. Each time it blinks it likely produces a clearly audible sound which is hard to describe but it's something in between a water dip falling ...
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Spectrum precision of fluorescent lamps

How precise are fluorescent lamps when mass produced? Is their emitted spectrum really identical or is it possible to detect a difference between two random lamps using appropriate filters with ...
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Capacitor in a fluorescent lamp starter

In the magnetic ballast type fluorescent lamps (old ones),what is the need of a capacitor in the starter circuit and what determines it's ratings? If my understanding is correct its a bi-mettalic ...
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Do “blown” fluorescent lights still use electricity?

When a fluorescent light fixture goes out, it often flickers and then after a while stops shining altogether. When this happens and when it finally dies is the circuit broken and does it still use ...
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Run 12v Incandescent Bulbs off Fluorescent Ballast

Can I use a 120v AC to 12v AC electronic transformer to power 12v bulbs? I have a 150 watt transformer that I tried connecting to a single 10w incandescent bulb, but the bulb just flickers at a low ...
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Using 6x58W fluorescent lamps instead of 6x55W, what could possibly go wrong? [closed]

I'm planning to buy a fluorescent photography lighting head, but the manufacturer specified it uses 6x55W lamps, but I want to use Philips Graphica 58W lamps. 3 watts more per lamp, doesn't look like ...
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Improvized small aquarium lighting

I have a small aquarium that has been illuminated so far by a 15W fluorescent lamp. The problem is that the ballast has broken (melted) after 2 years of use, and the only replacements I could find on ...
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What's the difference in fluorescent lamps?

The old tubular fluorescent lamps were 41 mm in diameter. New lamps are only 16 mm. Is there an electrical difference between the old and new? (Image from a Philips ad)
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How to light a fluorescent lamp?

There are a lot of circuits on the internet for lighting fluorescent lamps. But they don't reveal the working mechanism of the lamp itself. I'm more concerned about the theory rather than the ...
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Lighting Fluorescent lamp with plasma ball results in electric shock?

A friend of mine is a teacher and did an experiment in class. She held a fluorescent light next to a plasma ball and it lights up. This seems logical, the electrons flow from the plasma ball through ...
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1-10V fluorescent lighting digital control

I have a number of fluorescent lights installed that use 1-10V dimming. Note that this is not the same as 0-10V dimming as used in older theatre equipment. The control gear for the lights outputs 10V ...
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Can i use a SSR for switching a fluorescent light?

Can I use a SSR for switching a fluorescent light on or off? Specifically, can the SSR last for a long time, and can it withstand a very large number of on/off switchings? I would also appreciate a ...
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Serial capacitors in electronic ballast of a fluorescent lamp

Recently I repaired one broken electronic ballast of a linear 30W fluorescent lamp. Now it seems to be working as expected, but I had to make some changes to it and I'd like to ask if you see any ...
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Should I use slow fuse or fast fuse?

When I design something or going to add a fuse to place where fuse isn't used now, should I prefer slow or fast fuse? I understand that this depends on situation, but I'd like to hear what do you ...
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How do you dim a streetlight bulb?

I'm getting a streetlight, most likely with a HPS bulb (high-pressure sodium). I'll probably hook up some sort of sensor to turn it on only when someone is actually parking lot. Why do some ...
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Compact Fluorescent Lamp Load Calculations

I help build/wire up large illuminated carnival/parade floats, and in the past we have used around 11,000 40w/60w GLS BC light bulbs in festoon sockets, powered by a 800KVA 3 phase diesel generator. ...
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Electronic Drivers for Fluorescent Lamps: How is the DC-to-AC Conversion done?

Pretty much all (somewhat inaccurately named) electronic ballasts for fluorescent lamps run off a DC voltage and have to convert it into AC to operate the lamp. The DC supply can come from rectified ...