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#141270 - 07/12/04 08:47 AM Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
fiddler Offline
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Registered: 07/10/04
Posts: 4
Loc: South America
In my neck of the woods there are some 240V

West German flouresent ballasts. ..pretty

small in size when compared to some former

English ballasts which lasted for upwards

of 8 years. These W G ballasts have a life

time of approx 3 years. Is there a way to

test these ballasts ? Thanks for any info.

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#141271 - 07/12/04 09:31 AM Re: Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
C-H Offline


Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
If they have a lifetime of 3 years, they have outlived themselves by a decade ;-)

#141272 - 07/12/04 01:45 PM Re: Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I'd say that 3 years is a very poor lifespan for a fluoro ballast. I find plenty of old fluorescent fittings in this area which are 30+ years old and still on their original ballast.

Admittedly though, the modern ones don't seem to have the longevity of the old types.

You can check continuity with a regular ohmmeter, and use a megger to check for insulation faults. Testing for shorted turns requires more sophisticated equipment than that found in the average field electrical kit.

#141273 - 07/12/04 02:40 PM Re: Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
aland Offline

Registered: 05/20/04
Posts: 187
Loc: United Kingdom
Problem with the old balasts is that they probably cost more to run than the complete fitting on the newer versions.

#141274 - 07/14/04 10:28 AM Re: Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
uksparky Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 199
Loc: UK
Agreed with the longevity issue on older ballasts. Took down some ancient 6' twin trough fittings last year in a big workshop; owner said they had been there since his grandfather owned the business. They were all working, bar a couple with lamp failures. JEEZ though...I could hardly lift the darn things!

There were thirty-odd of them, all replaced with more up to date affairs; HSE said the lux level was too low for a workshop. The present owner has said that their electric bills are down but more likely coz of the halide replacements and the management system.
If hindsight were foresight, we'd all be millionaires!

#141275 - 07/16/04 02:51 AM Re: Checking 240 V Flourescent Ballasts
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Hold on a second, guys!
Just make sure that the tubes aren't of the 38mm RS (Quick-start) type.
And the fittings that supply these tubes, contain PCB's, usually in the Ballasts.
A fully sealed unit, but they have been known to leak Carcinogens(sp?)(Cancer-causing chemicals).
Watch out!!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin


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