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How to measure load detection for ballast output 18W

I have a high performance ballast of only 18W and 36W. I would like to do a detection circuit whenever the UV light tube does not have any light out, an alarm/signal can be triggered to replace the ...
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Efficiency or longevity issues when using 2 lamps on a 4-lamp fluorescent ballast?

To answer this question I guess we need to know the circuit construction details of commercial electronic fluorescent ballasts. Is there a downside (either power efficiency or ballast longevity) when ...
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Can I connect 4 fluorescent t8 18w lamps on 2x36w electronic ballast?

I had my old 4x18w electronic ballast die and they only had 2x36w one in local store. My question is since I have 4x18w lamps can I connect all 4 lamps and do i do 2 and 2 in series and then connect ...
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Detecting lamp failure in electronic ballasts

What would be a simple solution for detecting lamp failure in fluorescent tube ECG's? There are 3 control gears running 6 (40w/4pin) lamps that need to have detection of lamp failure. While ECG's have ...
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Are these UV-C tubes meant to be run only on pure AC ballast?

I’ve this portable small T5 4W UV-A 300-400nm black light tube lamp with me. I’m trying to see if it’s possible to use a 4W UV-C lamp in the same fixture. But I noticed that the lamp has the violet ...
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Fluorescent tubes in series?

Is it possible to use fluorescent tubes wired in series, provided that the ballast can supply a high enough voltage and power? Problem description F28T5 are too long (4ft) for me, so instead I plan ...
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Repurposing CFL ballast for different bulb (UVC)

I am attempting to repurpose the (electronic) ballast contained within a CFL lamp to power a UV-C bulb (mercury discharge, uncoated tube) for disinfection purpose, and out of general interest in ...
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How does a non-integrated compact fluorescent lamp work?

I have some bulbs similar to this one: Osaga UV-C Lamp 36 W PL-L 2G11 (I can't find a manufacturer page for it) Can anyone explain how does such bulb work and what other components I need to make it ...
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Can a fluorescent light electronic ballast fail and still supply voltage?

I am trying to debug a failed fluorescent light fixture. T8, 1x36W. I have checked the tube (vs. both a new one and a known working one), and this is not the problem. So I thought it must be the ...
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Why is my fluorescent tube orange on one side, white on the other and dark in the middle?

I have a ~60 cm fluorescent tube light that is failing. ~10 cm on one end glows orange, ~10 cm on the other end glows blue-white (normal fluorescent light color) and the middle 40 cm is dark. ...
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Driving compact UV lamp with DC

I'm 'testing the water' if you will on driving a Panasonic TUV PL-S 5W UV lamp with a low-voltage (12 ~ 24 V) DC supply. The lamp is rated at 34 V, 0.18 A. Since I have a DC source, magnetic ...
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4 bulb Ballast only lighting 2 bulbs

I have a six T8 Fluorescent light fixture. The 2 inner bulbs are powered by a 2 bulb ballast GE232-120RES-DIY, and the 4 outer bulbs, 2 on each side are powered by a 4 bulb ballast GE432-120RES-DIY. 2 ...
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High Voltage input and output microcontroller

I am new to this, but I am looking to regulate a few ballast controlled fluorescent lamps with a micro-controller. Everything I look at has a low operating voltage and below 10 volt input/output ...
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Powering HID lamp from 240 volts

I'm considering replacing a 300W / 500W R7 halogen fitting with one of those 12v HID car fittings, (and obviously customising the halogen lamp housing) I'm also trying to do it on a budget. I'm ...
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Metal Halide circuit without a capacitor?

I recently inherited an awesome 4foot 2x250Watt metal halide lighting unit for my marine tank. The previous owner wanted to dump it because one of the lights was flickering and he could not really ...
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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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DO we have to ground transformer?

I am using the transformer (a ballast), and its specfication sheet could be found here ballast specification. But on the data sheet, it doesn't says where we need to ground it. Usually, we would ...
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Auto-Transformer: how to understand the following diagram?

I have a question about the CW Auto-Transfomer that I will be using. The wiring diagram is above. As you can see, the equitment takes 277/240/208/120V as input. But on its specification sheets, it ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...