I’m hoping someone here can help me with a long overdue project. I’m trying to figure out how to wire multiple CCFLS to one power source + inverter... so far not much success on my own.
I’m currently able to run up to 3 CCFL's in a series, at varying lengths either 3x 6”/152mm or 3x 12”305mm, off of an AC/DC converter + inverter (Input: 120V/60Hz/12VA Output: 6V/800ma)
Can anyone shed light on what range of AC/DC converter + inverter I would need to run 6-12 CCFLS in a series? Here’s an example of this series in action, really want to figure out how to do it myself. Any help appreciated!
Some specs I found on CCFLS; keep in mind the one's I have came as is from a liquidation center, they are just loose CCFL's no manufacturers info etc.
Inverter Requires 12 VDC (can go between 14VDC-6VDC safely) and Generates as much as 1000VAC to power lamp tube. The lamp requires 800-1000VAC (?) Power consumption between 350-400ma at 12VDC (4.2-4.8watts). Inverter needs 12VDC, wall plugs give 120VAC, AC/DC converter is fine as long as you’re getting between 350-400ma to the inverter.
Specs from one CCFL producer: For a 6”/152mm Cathode: For a 12”/305mm Cathode according to this provider: Starting Circuit Voltage 1000VS (Vms) Operating Lamp Voltage: 400 (Vms) Operating Lamp Current: IL (mAims) 5 For a 12”/305mm Cathode according to this provider: Starting Circuit Voltage 1750VS (Vms) Operating Lamp Voltage: 780 (Vms) Operating Lamp Current: IL (mAims) 5