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Photos/Diagrams of early automatic fluorescent starting systems

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This is a page from a '39 GE Mazda literature. The other old pics are from a '42 fluorescent manual. Anyway, icefoglights here ya go.

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Mar 06, 2010 at 10:36 PM Author: icefoglights
Thanks

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Mar 07, 2010 at 02:24 AM Author: tmcdllr
That is fascinating.

Nothing like the beautiful cool white light of a coated Mercury Vapor lamp and the soothing hum of it's magnetic ballast.

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Mar 07, 2010 at 11:12 AM Author: icefoglights
It almost looks like the starter is basically an electric buzzer. I wonder if they made much noise when starting.

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Mar 07, 2010 at 04:55 PM Author: tmcdllr
It probably sounded really cool.

Nothing like the beautiful cool white light of a coated Mercury Vapor lamp and the soothing hum of it's magnetic ballast.

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Mar 08, 2010 at 08:47 AM Author: DieselNut
I would LOVE to find a fixture like that!

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Mar 08, 2010 at 11:37 AM Author: bluelights
I made a similar "starter" with a relay connected as a "buzzer", and it started the lamp instantly

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Mar 14, 2015 at 03:00 PM Author: ricksbulbs
I made a working replica of the magnetic auxiliary ballast back in 2010. Made if with a 4-coil low loss choke ballast from a 1960's Panasonic desk lamp, and a 24 volt AC coil relay out of a roof top air conditioning unit (RTU) and it works great. It goes ZZITT! and the lamps starts! A warm lamp starts nearly instantly. I am currently working on hopefully adding a genuine Magnetic Auxiliary ballast to my collection---I will not divulge the source of it, because I REALLY want one BAD, and because I highly respect the person who has it currently. All I know is that it will be a VERY good day for me when I can finally hold one in my hands! In fact, I may remove the Thermal Auxiliary ballast in one of my 4 desk lamps and fit the mag aux type, and display the thermal aux hooked up to a lamp separately. Yes, I am VERY VERY EXCITED! I don't think even winning the lottery can be this good! Cheers, all! Rick "C-6" Delair iwantq7@yahoo.com
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Mar 14, 2015 at 05:14 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Either one of those would be cool to have - but especially the magnetic auxiliary one

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Aug 09, 2015 at 10:31 PM Author: ricksbulbs
I got ANOTHER Thermal Auxiliary GE ballast in a stellar desk lamp, complete with an (unfortunately non working ) 1941 Westinghouse MAZDA 15 watt WHITE lamp original to this lamp. This was gotten in November, 2014. I now have 4 of these things and love them and want MORE! I also found a 1939 Mitchell cast iron base desk lamp with manual preheat and a super early simple choke "Manual Start Auxiliary" ballast in it, with the original rubber "zip" cord, type POSJ-64, in good condition, which is rare as those cords rotted or got dry and brittle easily! It has am inside etch GE aluminum ender F15T8/CW lamp, a "blah" lamp really, but the lamp works GREAT! Somebody painted it all black eons ago, but it looks good that way so It will be left as is. I got the Thermal Aux ballast equipped unit at Goodwill in Albany, NY for a whopping $7.99, and the Mitchell for a higher price at an antique flea market at the Washington County Fair grounds about 30 miles north of me, for $40.00. Had it not been a genuine Mitchell cast iron base with the original ballast and a good rubber 'zip' cord, I would have never paid this much, but at least these 2 units were bright spots in an otherwise dark period for me with my foot damaged from a brown recluse spider bite that ended with amputation of all 5 of my left foot's toes on July 13, 2015. Yes I cried alot through this ordeal, and even being paralyzed, the pain was intense beyond belief, and I had 3 major surgeries to try to fix my toes, but this all ended in the last major surgery to remove all 5 toes. I am feeling MUCH better, and I now know what "phantom pain" in now missing parts of the body is first hand! I am still having to change dressings daily, and have nurses visiting to monitor me between Dr visits, but it seems to be healing pretty fast. In fact, this morning I cut back from 2 Aleves to 1, and it seems to be fine.I am on heavy-duty anti-biotics that make my bowels troublesome and make me queasy, but am managing by taking my pro-biotics BETWEEN the ANTI-biotics so the pro-biotics at least have a fighting chance. Seems to help. Tomorrow and the next day finish out these nasty ones, then I go on one that is much less aggressive, and my Dr says will allow my pro-biotics to do their job again. Having to have a loose bowel movement in a wheelchair is not fun---getting into the bathroom, transferring to the toilet, etc, before having an accident is scary stuff! So far no accidents but a few VERY close calls! My bowels are termbling and growling noisily as I write this! Soon a trip to the "John" will be in order! Anyway, the Thermal Aux desk lamp is apart as it had a modern vinyl 'zip' cord (SPT-1 or the older POST-64) on it, and I put a beautiful brown mercenized cotton type PO flat parallel cloth cord on it, and have the GE ballast out for pics, but the ones I Took just before my surgery aren't that good, so I want to re-do those under better light, before reassembling that beauty! The cord is actually probably from around 1916-1920, but this type of cord was still made and used when this lamp was made, so it looks absolutely correct and stellar on this lamp! I have used a different type of cloth cord on every Thermal aux desk lamp I have, as the variety on them adds authenticity and interest! Anyway, later! Rick "C-6" Delair!
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Aug 09, 2015 at 10:38 PM Author: Solanaceae
Sorry for your health issues. I always leave spiders be, so they can kill any unwanted insects. The brown recluse and black widows aren't common in my area, so I consider most spiders spider bros. :lol:Is that Mazda tube that's eol from the lamp still have vaccum?

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