1   Lamps / Modern / Re: Made In CHINA?  on: March 27, 2017, 11:07:20 PM 
Started by M250R201SA - Last post by dor123
when i heard about the clone bulbs such as CFL's that are made in china, i usually stay away from them, as they do catch fire when the bulb has EOL, and the built in ballast will heat up and catch fire.... the sylvania, philip, GE, have the diodes in them so when the cfl burns out, it blows the diode to prevent fire, i never did care for CFL lighting products
here's the link to the bulbs that are made in china and see how they can catch fire

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nACMIkKiTTk/SO1XGtmFdXI/AAAAAAAAAbw/EZr1UOxGbBk/s320/b2.jpg

http://f.tqn.com/y/urbanlegends/1/S/T/5/1/cfl-light-bulb.jpg
here's one that has blew up
http://synergylightingusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/cfl-catch-fire.jpg

i still have 2 CFL bulbs that are made in china, but they are going to be used on my outside lightpost in the middle of the yard so when it catches fire..... it takes the lamp fixture with it, not the house

Even the cheapest off-brand CFLs here, don't catch fire.
 2   Lamps / Modern / Re: MORE LIGHT BULBS BANNED AS OF 1/19/17!!!  on: March 27, 2017, 08:42:20 PM 
Started by streetlight98 - Last post by streetlight98
ACTUALLY, it was George dubbya that signed the light bulb bans into law. Wink They just didn't take EFFECT until Obama took over. (though for the record I wasn't a fan of Obama either.)
 3   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: Need help with Centium ICN-4S54-90C ballast (F54T5HO)  on: March 27, 2017, 08:37:59 PM 
Started by lights*plus - Last post by Lodge
The grey goes to the neutral, and it's normally run though a switch and depending how you wire it up you can have a few light options, don't wire it to the live line, probably won't hurt it but it won't work, basically just think of it like two ballasts in one box and your simply switching the second one by the neutral and both by the live wire..
Here is your options for wiring it up with a switch..

A. One light or three lights on,
B. Two lights or three lights on,
C. Two lights or Four lights on,
D  Just use a wire nut and have four on all the time..

Those are nice ballasts, programmed start, high frequency, nice power factor, EOL lamp protection, A sound rating, -28C starting temp, good stuff...    
 4   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: Need help with Centium ICN-4S54-90C ballast (F54T5HO)  on: March 27, 2017, 07:54:26 PM 
Started by lights*plus - Last post by xmaslightguy
Like Ash said (and the way I read it as well) 'S'/the red-gray can be connected to either hot or neutral for 4-lamp mode. :shock:
Interesting...on other versions of that I've seen, it was connected to hot.
 5   Lamps / Modern / Re: Made In CHINA?  on: March 27, 2017, 07:42:39 PM 
Started by M250R201SA - Last post by Whitewolf
when i heard about the clone bulbs such as CFL's that are made in china, i usually stay away from them, as they do catch fire when the bulb has EOL, and the built in ballast will heat up and catch fire.... the sylvania, philip, GE, have the diodes in them so when the cfl burns out, it blows the diode to prevent fire, i never did care for CFL lighting products
here's the link to the bulbs that are made in china and see how they can catch fire

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nACMIkKiTTk/SO1XGtmFdXI/AAAAAAAAAbw/EZr1UOxGbBk/s320/b2.jpg

http://f.tqn.com/y/urbanlegends/1/S/T/5/1/cfl-light-bulb.jpg
here's one that has blew up
http://synergylightingusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/cfl-catch-fire.jpg

i still have 2 CFL bulbs that are made in china, but they are going to be used on my outside lightpost in the middle of the yard so when it catches fire..... it takes the lamp fixture with it, not the house
 6   Lamps / Modern / Re: MORE LIGHT BULBS BANNED AS OF 1/19/17!!!  on: March 27, 2017, 07:29:12 PM 
Started by streetlight98 - Last post by Whitewolf
i used to buy the 100w clear bulbs, and used them as heat lamps for my dog water dish during winter days, and kept it thawed out during cold days down to -30C, and next winter days i couldn't find the 100w clear bulbs anymore, the highest wattage bulbs i can find them are 60w clear bulbs...dumbama and his stupid ideas of banning bulbs.....never did like obama, he's nothing more than a useless tree hugging muslim
 7   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: Need help with Centium ICN-4S54-90C ballast (F54T5HO)  on: March 27, 2017, 01:48:57 PM 
Started by lights*plus - Last post by Ash
Looks like : Connect S together with Phase or with Neutral - 4 lamps. Leave S alone disconnected - 2 lamps. So basically one switch controls the Phase in as with any light, and the other (optional) switch controls S

I guess this way it allows control the lamps separately as if there were 2 ballasts, without losing the efficiency of a 4 lamp ballast

I wonmder - What if S is on a 3way or an illuminated switch, which pass a leakage current ? Would this cause the ballast to flash between 2/4 lamps ?
 8   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: 7.5uF capacitor in place of a 7uF capacitor on a 50 watt CWA mercury vapor balla  on: March 27, 2017, 12:39:44 PM 
Started by ggillis - Last post by Lightingguy1994
0.5 shouldn't make much difference. When caps age I'm sure they vary in rating over time slightly
 9   Advertisements / For Sale or Trade / Re: Ebay Sox items including 18w HPS  on: March 27, 2017, 02:32:24 AM 
Started by lights*plus - Last post by Lodge
First one is nice, second one is as well but the person has a stack of them so the best offer is the buy it now price, third same as the second, and I'd almost be willing to bet they got them cheap and only needed them for the lamps which are not included even though it is in the fixture pictured on the third one, forth the link is broken but a quick search works and they are out to lunch asking just shy of twice the value of the fixture in shipping and I'll still get hit with the duty because it's coming UPS and then we have to add the gst and brokerage fees on top of that, when there is nothing wrong with USPS. 
 10   Advertisements / For Sale or Trade / Ebay Sox items including 18w HPS (lol)  on: March 27, 2017, 01:52:50 AM 
Started by lights*plus - Last post by lights*plus
Late night search for LPS..

Philips SRS 66W-sox. This looks like my 135w SRS 876 without the ballast shoe..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/262910844986

I made 3 offers over a couple of months for this 18w "HPS"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/152293769998

American-Electric 18LPS
http://www.ebay.com/itm/152296337247

Don't know why no one wants this 55w Lustra rectangle? Shipping too high?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/272491287828 (fixed link)
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