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#40703 - 08/01/04 08:49 PM hid testing equipment
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Need advice on the best testing equipment to test hid and flourescent lighting. Including bulbs ballasts and starters and capacitors. What are you guys using out there?

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#40704 - 08/02/04 07:09 AM Re: hid testing equipment
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Master:
We use 'troubleshooting' instructions provided by mfg. Also, a known 'good bulb' & a digital voltmeter for output and cap testing. THe ballast mfg sites have troubleshooting suggestions, and output info available.
(Advance; Universal; Valmont, etc)

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#40705 - 08/02/04 07:35 AM Re: hid testing equipment
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I use the known good lamp approach. First change the lamp, if that's not the problem, replace the ballast. On HID, since most ballasts come as a ballast kit, replace all the components. There are lamp testers available and I have one but rarely use it. This saves a lot of time and IMO money, since I don't have to go back a few weeks after I've changed the capacitor in a fixture to change the igniter.

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