I need to turn on an electric ballast without connecting the fluorescent tube, since I'll use the ballast's output to power another device.
My single-lamp ballast has 4 output wires. This is how they are supposed to be connected to the light tube:
If I plug in the ballast without nothing connected to it, I get no voltage between pins 21 and 24 (the ballast doesn't turn on). I discovered that this is because the ballast needs to "sense" the filaments of the lamp in order to turn on. So I tried adding two plastic film capacitors between pins 21-22 and between 23-24, and now the ballast turns on when I plug it in, but it shuts off after about 3 seconds.
I thought about replacing the capacitors with high-wattage resistors in order to simulate the filaments and keep the ballast turned on. Would this work? Do you have any better idea? Thanks.