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by XmasLightGuy
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Ballast for 14W t12 tube
Replies: 12
Views: 905

Re: Ballast for 14W t12 tube

Here in the US its the same ballast for both 14w T12 and 15w T12 (weather you're talking magnetic or electronic).. That's odd. The operating specs (voltage, current) are different. Unless it's just accepted that it'll work and run an acceptable lifetime on a 15W ballast. Yep, for magnetic its just ...
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Ballast for 14W t12 tube
Replies: 12
Views: 905

Re: Ballast for 14W t12 tube

Here in the US its the same ballast for both 14w T12 and 15w T12 (weather you're talking magnetic or electronic)..
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:21 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: First Blue LEDs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2869

Re: First Blue LEDs?

@peterhoult: Most of the time what I see labeled as 'Pink' LEDs are not Pink , but instead Magenta (still a nice colour, but its not pink LOL) I did find some actual pink sets at one store (5mm-LED single-colour which is what I want) I'd love to get a few more sets. Some places sell actual purple se...
by XmasLightGuy
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: First Blue LEDs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2869

Re: First Blue LEDs?

Don't remember when I saw my 1st blue LED ... it might have been when i bought a couple at a local electronics store (which is now long gone), or could have on a been a string of blue LED Christmas Lights @Tom: I wonder if that "turquoise-ish colour " LED was actually a Cyan ? (My all time favorite ...
by XmasLightGuy
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: A couple of very interesting things...
Replies: 13
Views: 4453

Re: A couple of very interesting things...

I like F54T5's (am using some as plant lights .. where I had F40T12's before) so nice & bright...but who knows how long the HF gear will do.

Would love to have a mag ballast for T5's
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Poor build quality of HF
Replies: 20
Views: 7412

Re: Poor build quality of HF

All that is as long as al components are good quality. If they are not then it will blow way faster This is the key phrase "good quality"... I think these days all electronics ( -everything- not just ballasts) are made with one thing in mind: "lowest possible manufacturing cost" quality doesn't mat...
by XmasLightGuy
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Poor build quality of HF
Replies: 20
Views: 7412

Re: Poor build quality of HF

I can't measure temps - other than feel the over-all temp (those old magnetic RS ballasts are basically a sealed unit). And it doesn't feel overly hot or anything. The RS ballasts here also have a thermal protector so if they overheat they simply shut down. ------ Interestingly HF ballasts don't see...
by XmasLightGuy
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:29 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Poor build quality of HF
Replies: 20
Views: 7412

Re: Poor build quality of HF

@Ash: Yep a 2-lamp ballast (wired in 1-lamp mode) should do better since i believe its a bit higher OCV (plus the ballast wouldn't be overdriven)..I have some extra 2x F40 ballasts laying around and do plan to try that sometime @funkylamp: Yep I'm sure arc voltage / current is probably wrong...but i...
by XmasLightGuy
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Poor build quality of HF
Replies: 20
Views: 7412

Re: Poor build quality of HF

No, it was the 1-lamp version.

I have also posted a pic in the gallery now too.
by XmasLightGuy
Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Poor build quality of HF
Replies: 20
Views: 7412

Re: Poor build quality of HF

I got a F54T5 HO to fire up on a F40T12 HPF magnetic rapid-start ballast but... It was slow to come on It overdrives the ballast (total wattage with the T5 is 66w where total with a T12 is 50w) Interesting test... might work better with a F32T8 HPF rapid-start (rare item thoug) -------- On the origi...
by XmasLightGuy
Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 52
Views: 12284

Re: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!

Jay these experiments are a MUST! A 9Ft Switch start would be like :shock: :shock: :shock: Believe me..if I ever see one of those 9-footers I will find a way to get it home (won't fit in the car like 8-footers do . probably barrow my mothers car...) Switch-starting would be its first test :cool: 7....
by XmasLightGuy
Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 52
Views: 12284

Re: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!

The USA 110W 8ft lamp is classified as HO, and it can run on 125W-like Switch Start. So i guess that 100/125 dont fall far away from the definition of HO, maybe a change in the etch is all whats needed ? The only thing I found with trying to run a 110W 8ft HO on a UK 125W Switch Start ballast is th...
by XmasLightGuy
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Bulb bans!
Replies: 22
Views: 5995

Re: Bulb bans!

@Globe Collector General City/Neighborhood distribution here is also 3-phase (I don't know the voltages though LOL). The pole mounted transformers are only common in older areas (at least where I live). Everything in any even somewhat modern area is underground cables and transformers inside boxes o...
by XmasLightGuy
Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Bulb bans!
Replies: 22
Views: 5995

Re: Bulb bans!

XmasLightGuy, could you explain why, in the U.S., on appliance leads White is Neutral and Black is Active, I have nearly been caught out a few times when I was younger and I have seen fully licscenced sparkys get caught out connecting the brown on the Australian/EU lead to the white on the piece of...
by XmasLightGuy
Sun May 27, 2012 5:06 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 52
Views: 12284

Re: THE END OF T12!!!!!!!!!!!

Banned all T12's ?? What the f--ck is wrong with those people :shock: Quote: Tom_N "Simply call T12 something like 'Low Temparature Tubes'" In the US "Low Temperature" HO tubes are exempt from the upcoming bans that will affect some T12's :) I do wonder if that'd actually work for you guys as well? ...
by XmasLightGuy
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Luminaires
Topic: Is this REALLY the new Thorn Popular Pack?!
Replies: 26
Views: 11149

Re: Is this REALLY the new Thorn Popular Pack?!

Kev wrote: Built to last though. Tough as nails.
And thats how a fitting should be made
by XmasLightGuy
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Colour Temperature Preferences In The Home?
Replies: 16
Views: 4789

Re: Colour Temperature Preferences In The Home?

For a kitchen I prefer 3000k, same for a familyroom or livingroom..
For a garage or shop or utility room 4100k
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This year I did an upgrade to the basement familyroom in my parents house...it now has 3000k and 6500k, so you can choose either one. I love that setup.
by XmasLightGuy
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Streaky SOX and red burners!
Replies: 7
Views: 2461

Re: Streaky SOX and red burners!

Somebody needs to get a pic of this :o :shock:
by XmasLightGuy
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: Control Gear
Topic: Quick swap HF ballasts!
Replies: 16
Views: 6366

Re: Quick swap HF ballasts!

8 foot 100W 840 is VERY efficient with 93 Lm/W Comparing that to a 110w here, It would pass next year's lamp ban! ( <4500k requires 92 Lm/W ) ----- @kevxsi16v If i eventually get hold of a 8' HO T8 I'll have to test it on that switch-start ballast you sent ... just to see if it'll even light LOL (t...
by XmasLightGuy
Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Philips - Made In China!
Replies: 12
Views: 3849

Re: Philips - Made In China!

Yep, F15T8/BL would be equivalent in color to a Sylvania 350...

but a China made Philips :shock: that's something I haven't seen.
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Cold places T12 tubes etc
Replies: 40
Views: 9624

Re: Cold places T12 tubes etc

@close9 I went & added my YouTube info to my profile (LOL I'd forgotten you could even do that..)

@kevxsi16v The 8' HO lamps here are 94 inches, so that with those larger lampholders it works out to 96.
(same thing on the standard wattage single pin slimline lamps :) )
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Cold places T12 tubes etc
Replies: 40
Views: 9624

Re: Cold places T12 tubes etc

The 8-foot switchstart video is finally done!
And was uploaded to my YouTube this afternoon :)
by XmasLightGuy
Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Cold places T12 tubes etc
Replies: 40
Views: 9624

Re: Cold places T12 tubes etc

@kevxsi16v They did a 9/11 tribute event here, in the city nearest me (Denver) so I went downtown for it .. brought the camera along & took a few video-clips & pictures, I'm making a couple vids from those (2 of 'em are now up on my YouTube acct if you want to watch).
by XmasLightGuy
Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Cold places T12 tubes etc
Replies: 40
Views: 9624

Re: Cold places T12 tubes etc

Switch start 110W HO in the cold xmaslightguy?? Also some more Youtube Videos are required so long as that weird boy goes away and stops wright stupid comments! The video where i show those 110w & 95w 8-footers being tested is under construction :) all the video-clips for it have been recorded! (as...
by XmasLightGuy
Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Lamps
Topic: Cold places T12 tubes etc
Replies: 40
Views: 9624

Re: Cold places T12 tubes etc

Last winter i tested various 4' & 8' fluorescents on a bitter freezing night -10F (-23C) 4' T12 with rapid-start ballast (2 different versions), 1 never came on, the other eventually did but remained dim/flickery (totally useless though LOL) 4' T12 with preheat/switch-start, it came on really dim bu...