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compact flourescents #3068 08/04/01 09:00 PM
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hello, i am not an electrican, but iam trying to replace the flourescent fixtures in my aquarium with compact flourescents. i have decided to do it myself as opposed to spending $500.00 for a pre-manufactured fixture. the bulbs are 55 watt compacts. i hve asked a few hardware stores for help but they dont have much knowedge about compacts. what kind of ballast would i purchase?


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Re: compact flourescents #3069 08/04/01 11:16 PM
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I personally think that there is no reason to replace your fluorescents with Compact Fluorescsents. You're in good shape with the U/L listed original unit, which is pretty efficient.
If you're doing this to save electricity, Thanks
Does the aquarium run on a GFI?


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Re: compact flourescents #3070 08/07/01 05:42 PM
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Compact fluorescents have a built in ballast.

Why change? Please see discussion elsewhere on cold cathode versus hot cathode.

These lights are probably on all the time. Hot cathode bulbs are more efficient.

Re: compact flourescents #3071 08/07/01 07:32 PM
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Compact fluorescents have built in ballasts?

Re: compact flourescents #3072 08/07/01 09:55 PM
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Are we talking about Edison base lamps? Yes, the ballast goes along with the base.
You do not wire in a separate ballast as with a long tube fixture.

Re: compact flourescents #3073 08/08/01 07:36 AM
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Compact fluorescents do not have built in ballasts. The downlight above me has 2 reactor ballasts and 2 PL-13 lamps.
The 10 I hooked up yesterday had electronic 2 lamp ballasts.
The Edison base retros here at the house can be separated by simply unplugging the lamp from the ballast/base combination.
Your statement is totally false.

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Re: compact flourescents #3074 08/08/01 04:45 PM
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>The Edison base retros here at the house can be separated by simply unplugging the lamp from the ballast/base combination.
Some can, particularly the older models; some can't.

Can you provide a picture of a compact fluorescent which does not use an Edison base, that is, one for which you have to wire in the ballast?

Re: compact flourescents #3075 08/08/01 07:31 PM
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More than happy to oblige, but I don't know how to post it, so I'll have to send it to Bill. (BTW, I did find one @ home that doesn't come apart from the Edison base).

Here you go:

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Shown are 2 compact fluorescent lamps, a Phillips PL-S13W/27, & a Sylvania CF13DD/E/835 Also 2 compact fluorescent downlight housings; one magnetic, the other electronic ballasted. One wall fixture with 2 compact fluorescent ballasts. A compact fluorescent lampholder with the wires that connect to the ballast.

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Re: compact flourescents #3076 08/10/01 11:40 PM
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Honest! We use these all the time! These were in my garage
Thanks to Bill, we can communicate it without 1000 words.

Re: compact flourescents #3077 08/10/01 11:48 PM
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I thank you both. I've seen many variations of compacts (and circular) with Edison bases. This is the first I've seen compacts with wired ballasts. Are they hot cathode too?

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