Cheap fluorescent starter diy

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    I have been using this diy for more than a year now and it is cheap, easy and works very well. You will need a energy saver globe the same or preferably slightly higher wattage than the tube you would like to start, a knife,soldering iron and a fluorescent tube of course.
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    Then use a knife and split at the joint.
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    Cut the tube connecting wires off.
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    Next you cut the wires that goes to the mains supply.
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    The two left hand side wires that was cut off where it feeds tube is now routed to the two connectors on one side of your t8 or t5 tube. The temainding two wires goes to the other side of the tube.
    Then the red and black wires is routed to the 230 volt light supply and your tube will start without blincking.
    I suggest you feed the power to the starter through a plug if you do not have adequate electrical skills.
    Please ensure good soldering connections and insulation of all open wiring is done to avoid electrical shocks.
    I use a short piece of 40 mm PVC pipe to mount the starter in.
    I also keep the dead energy savar globes and use their starters again.
    Other fluorescent types of globes can be started in the same way with different connections.
     
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    herkie Thread Starter R.I.P.

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    Big mistake there, can someone edit and remove the repated part please.
     
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    are there 54W energy saving globes? or is this more for small globes?
     
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    Hey Herkie - I just posted a thread for exactly this to find out if this is feasible!

    Thanks very much for the tutorial. I will be doing this to power 8000k osram skywhites off 44v energy savers. ;-) Any updates on how its working for you? Any issues etc.


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    Dane I am still using it and if the little board stays dry it seems to run forever. I have had some tubes dying and one board when it got water spillage onto it.

    I keep the energy savers that goes dead in the house and later use the board again to light a tube. I buy the 10 watt tubes mostly and use them to light up scrubbers etc. And my blue light in the tank is running on the same board for at least 2 years now.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback! :)

    10w is very low - are you running the 18w T8s? Or can you "double up" on the ballasts to light a higher wattage globe?

    ie - using 2x 18w ballasts = 36w?
     
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    I have been using the 10 w tubes because they are cheap and I have used a stronger energy savers starter to run more than one tube in series. I have never tried to use the starters two in a row, will give it a try and let you know.
     
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