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Can a fluorescent light work without a capacitor?
It is possible to omit the capacitor on the individual lamps and to centralise them in the switch room and automatically switch in as many as required to keep the power factor within acceptable limits. Fluorescent lamps, like spark gaps, have negative resistance.
What causes a fluorescent light to burn out?
Every time a fluorescent lamp is turned on in a cold state, more emission mix is used to get it going. That means lamps that are turned on for lesser periods of time — usually less than a three-hour time period — will find themselves burning out due to less emission mix than those that are kept on for a longer time.
What is the role of capacitor in tube light?
Capacitor (‘E’ in the bellow figure) is in the starter of the conventional (choke based) tube light. This capacitor reduces sparking and improves life of starter. About the only purpose of a capacitor in a fluorescent light would be as an inductive kick absorber across the starter contacts.
Why do fluorescent tubes go black at the ends?
If the end of the tube turns black, this can mean that it has a switching cycle that is too rapid, or that the cathode inside is faulty. If it turns black after a day, or a week, then it is certainly the cathode at fault and will need to be returned to the manufacturer to be replaced.
How can you tell if a fluorescent tube is bad?
How to Tell If a Fluorescent Tube Is Bad?
- Check the ends of the tube. If they appear darkened this indicates the bulb is burned out.
- Rotate the tube in the fixture if the bulb is not darkened on either end.
- Remove the bulb from the fixture if the bulb is still not illuminating.
Why are my new fluorescent bulbs not working?
A dead fluorescent can be caused by lack of electrical power (tripped breaker or blown fuse), a dead or dying ballast, a dead starter or a dead bulb(s). Check for power first… then the starter (if applicable) and then the bulbs. When all else fails, the ballast should be replaced.
Can you bypass a light ballast?
Once you have disconnected the ballast from its wires by cutting them, you will be able to successfully separate the ballast from the fixture. You remove the ballast altogether by unscrewing it from the fixture, or you can move it over and tuck it into the fixture with its remaining wires.
Can I replace my fluorescent tubes with LED?
Yes, you can replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes or LED integrated fixtures. As long as the bulb is compatible with the existing fluorescent ballast in the fixture, you simply remove the fluorescent and replace it with the LED tube light.