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An experiment: Microwaving a chinese GE Standard T5 F8W/33 lamp in the microwave oven of my mother

An experiment: Microwaving a chinese GE Standard T5 F8W/33 lamp in the microwave oven of my mother

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Lamp was made in China and is alreay worn out (Operated in the bathroom with a fixture for two lamps with a pernament low cost instant start electronic ballast that can operate each lamp independently.
It glowed white very brightly, but i had then to immediately stop the operation of the appliance, because i did feared that the lamp would explode.
The lamp also got very hot.

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Dec 17, 2010 at 04:50 PM Author: Lampwizard
This lamp won't explode since the internal pressure is still way lower than outside. But it will eventually crack and your mother's microwave oven will have some mercury vapors inside. Not a smart thing if food is being prepared in it afterwards.

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Dec 18, 2010 at 12:16 AM Author: dor123
@Lampwizard: The energy that enteres this small fluorescent lamps from the microwave is much more high then the original ballast, so the mercury pressure may increase (More mercury would be vapourised) and therefore i feared that the lamp would be exploded.
Update from December.18.2010: I did this experiment again, now for 10 secs. The lamp flickered 50hz and glowed like a T5 HO lamp, but the light was surprisingly very stable and bright pure white (This lamp is 33 cool white halophosphors).
Using a CD-R, the spectrum was similar to the usual operation spectrum and the mercury lines didn't got brighter then normal, means that the pressure wasn't raised.

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Dec 18, 2010 at 09:50 AM Author: DieselNut
You are crazy!

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Nov 05, 2017 at 03:40 PM Author: sox35
I tried that once with an 80W MBF lamp, it was quite impressive. I wouldn't want to do it in my mother's microwave though, I doubt she'd be very impressed

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