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#128248 - 12/12/02 04:59 AM 120/277 P/Cs and Ballasts
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
The guys in the crew have stumped me again.
We've been getting fluorescent fixtures with dual-rated electronic ballasts as of late. (As far as I know, the ballasts are not yet available for replacement use, I've only seen them on new fixtures). 120/277 photocells have been around for awhile.
When installed on a 120V system, they can be used later with a 277V system, but once 277V is applied, they cannot be used again @ 120V.
How does this work?? Is there an electronic device that "burns out" at a specified voltage?
(I've been wanting to smash one and look inside, but the opportunity hasn't yet presented itself). Thanks...S

#128249 - 01/05/03 04:02 AM Re: 120/277 P/Cs and Ballasts
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Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 2724
Loc: Anaheim, CA. USA

I am not sure why this has happened (maybe in the realm of an EPROM???), but it's worth checking into!

IF/when I find an answer I'll post it here.

Scott s.e.t.
Scott " 35 " Thompson
Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!

#128250 - 01/05/03 05:16 AM Re: 120/277 P/Cs and Ballasts
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Could be some sort of "avalanche" device, such as a zener diode combination which will only conduct on the higher voltage. This could be used to blow a small-value fuse which adjusts the settings on the supply.

Purely a guess...


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