Testing T5 ballasts

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by scubaninja, 4 Feb 2009.

  1. scubaninja

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    Hey guys, how do we test these ballasts aside from actually connecting them to tubes? got a 39W dual ballast i need to test and i have got no globes, its pointless buying globes for a ballast that doesnt work
     
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    Plug it in, and put your tongue across the wire which go to the lamp..........:lol:
     
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    scubaninja Thread Starter

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    thanks for your cave man approach but i think i will wait for a second opinion:p
     
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    No, no, that is the only way, can you get someone to take pics while you're doing it, purely for reasearch purposes:)
     
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    Come on, trust me;)

    just get some :peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni: ready:biggrin:
     
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    scubaninja Thread Starter

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    funny fellows;)
    ok, so should i just test the outputs with my mulitmeter then? what voltages am i looking at cause the writing is faded
     
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    Hope some poor sole doesn't reads this and believes it:whistling:
     
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    You would have to load test it, best way would just to borrow some lamps to test.
     
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    scubaninja Thread Starter

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    see you guys are leading poor noobs astray:ban:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    :lol: Scuba, you collect from all ends :lol:
     
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    scuba do you have 39w globe on you tank at the mo
     
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    No need to borrow lamps if you're doing the tongue test, just put a mirror in front of your face and see if your eyes light up.

    Scuba, what about just using a couple of cheap 40w T8 tubes, they only cost about R15 each. Check on the top of the ballast, it should tell you what wattage T8's it will run.
     
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    ask kanga - he tested mine the other day... i hear his eyes still lightup every now and then :D
     
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    no 54W. if i did i would take them off to test:)
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    Writing is faded;) dean did that one i got from you work? its the ballast in question
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    Yes it did, but it's been lying around unused for donkeys years.
     
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    Test with a multimeter. If the needle moves or any reading are on the display (digital) there is power coming through -(for the faded writing) move the dial untill you get a reading (that is my way of testing - not an electrician)

    A multimeter is not that expensive and there is always one lying next to the tank - to check if the pumps are working correctly - correct ligting - timers etc. There is always work for them. Just make sure your batteries in the multimeter are charged/new.

    I really BITCH if mine goes MIA to the Garage or other place in the house with Hubby.
     
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    if u doing it this way, always start at the highest setting then go lower
     
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    Jeez okes, I know we like to play around but be carefull, some noob will probably try the tongue test:whistling:
     
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    He will only do it once.:lol:
     
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