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I just got myself a flyback transformer and an electrical ballast for fluorescent lamps as I heard those can be used together.

The electrical ballast is supposed to generate a high frequency which is exactly what a flyback needs to generate high voltage arcs.

I identified the primary coil of the transformer (it has a 1.8Ohm resistance, the other coils have a resistance of 0.8Ohm and lower) and connected everything but it didn't work. I didn't get sparks from any of the pins to the high voltage cable.

I am assuming that I'm not using the ballast correctly so I will include several pictures for you.

assembled ballast assembled ballast

left connector (to the mains i guess) left connector (to the mains, I guess)

right connector (to the lamp/tranaformer i guess) right connector (to the lamp/transformer, I guess)

top of the circuit board top of the circuit board

bottom of the circuit board bottom of the circuit board

I hope one of you knows the answer to my problem.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ your problem is here ... i heard those can be used together \$\endgroup\$ – jsotola Jan 22 at 4:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Apparently, it can be done. I'd advise you to be very careful - that kind of thing can produce enough power at high voltage to kill you. \$\endgroup\$ – JRE Jan 22 at 11:23

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