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Mercury Vapor light problem #21563
02/05/03 01:02 PM
02/05/03 01:02 PM
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rayh78  Offline OP
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Installed a 100 watt mercury vapor outdoor light. It was fine until winter now its going thru bulbs. Problem started when customer is using a small electric space 1500watt heater on inside on same circut.
Is it a defective fixture or to much on circut.
Thanks

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Re: Mercury Vapor light problem #21564
02/06/03 06:27 PM
02/06/03 06:27 PM
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What voltage do you have at the light with both the heater and light drawing current??

GJ

Re: Mercury Vapor light problem #21565
02/06/03 09:50 PM
02/06/03 09:50 PM
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rayh78  Offline OP
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did not check, assumed if it was drawing to much would trip breaker

Re: Mercury Vapor light problem #21566
02/06/03 11:00 PM
02/06/03 11:00 PM
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The 100 watt light draws about.9 amp (100W/110V=.9091A)
The 1500 watt space heater draws (1500w/110v=13.6364A)
total draw is 14.5455A
A 20 Amp breaker will carry this all day.
A 15 amp breaker will propally carry this if the heater does not run all the time.
If 14AWG wire was used and the heater and light are over50-75' away you propably have a voltage drop causing the light to pull more than normal. If so the bulb will heat up more than normal and burn out much to soon.
You need to do a voltage check at the circuit breaker feeding this circuit and at the heater and at the light. Be careful and use a good quality meter. Avoltage drop of greater than 5% is a problem.
You may need to seperate the heater and light. Also check if anything else is on the circuit.
Good luck


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Re: Mercury Vapor light problem #21567
02/07/03 08:50 PM
02/07/03 08:50 PM
Trumpy  Offline

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Ray,
One thing I do know, is that any type of Gas
Discharge lighting, does not particularly like Voltage drop, it can damage the control gear as well as the lamps.
If possible, I would put the MV Lighting on a dedicated circuit.
Hope this helps. [Linked Image]


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