Fluorescent starter purpose

Fluorescent starter purpose

What is the importance of starter and choke in fluoresent lamp?

The Starter is a switch that is normally closed, that opens a few seconds after power is applied. A fluorescent tube has a filament at each end, just like the filament in an incandescent bulb but very low power.

Fluorescent starter purpose

Fluorescent Light Problems and Repair

The starter is located on the lamp frame (there are typically two starters). When you turn on the light switch, the starter sends a jolt of electricity to the gas inside the fluorescent bulb. The ionized gas then conducts electricity and the bulb lights. When the starter stops working, the bulbs will either keep flickering without lighting or will only glow in the ends. (Flickering can also indicate the bulb needs replacing, but try the less expensive starter first.)

Fluorescent starter purpose

How does a fluorescent starter work?

When you turn on a fluorescent tube, the starter is a closed switch. The filaments at the ends of the tube are heated by electricity, and they create a cloud of electrons inside the tube. The fluorescent starter is a time-delay switch that opens after a second or two. When it opens, the voltage across the tube allows a stream of electrons to flow across the tube and ionize the mercury vapor.

Fluorescent starter purpose

Applications

The starter is located on the lamp frame (there are typically two starters). When you turn on the light switch, the starter sends a jolt of electricity to the gas inside the fluorescent bulb. The ionized gas then conducts electricity and the bulb lights. When the starter stops working, the bulbs will either keep flickering without lighting or will only glow in the ends. (Flickering can also indicate the bulb needs replacing, but try the less expensive starter first.)

Fluorescent starter purpose

Solution Starters

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Fluorescent starter purpose

Easy fixes for slow to start, flickering or faulty fluorescent tubes

If you are experiencing any of the following problems with your fluorescent tubes then this page will tell you how to fix them, including information on what has likely caused the problem and how to check your starters and ballasts:

Technical Details

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Fluorescent starter purpose

Help & Advice

Fluorescent Starters – Condenser Type All-purpose two-terminal standard starter accurately timed to combine starts with long bulb life. For use where lights are turned on more than five times daily. Also in devices where bulb life expectancy is two years or less.