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GE F96T12/CW/HO

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I've had a pair of these in the garage for a couple years. Since they are designated 'Cold Temperature', they are full wattage. Another nice thing about these is the very high mercury content, as these have nice condensation trails along the bottom of the tubes. Sylvania, on the other hand, have such low mercury that lamps hardly ever reach EOL before they are dimmed and useless.

These lamps also have a nice blueish glow on the etched ends.

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Apr 16, 2019 at 02:10 AM Author: suzukir122
At my friends motorcycle garage where I store my bikes, I think one of the HO fixtures in there has a 95 watt version
of these. (can't see the etch) There use to be two of those lamps in one fixture, but one of them went EOL, and me and
my other friend took the lamp out and replaced it with a HO 110 watt lamp from Sylvania. I can tell the GE lamps are
95 watts since they striated a little when cold. The remaining GE lamp is well used, close to EOL. I'm really thinking
about making it my own before it burns out.

I never got to read the etch of the other EOL 95 watt lamp. In the end, I managed to break that lamp on accident,
as I was maneuvering my motorcycle out of that garage to ride to work. I'll have to tell that story sometime.
There was no vacuum in that lamp though, since it lost vacuum during EOL.

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Apr 20, 2019 at 11:48 PM Author: don93s
This fixture has a GE Miser ballast that is rated for +50F which is unusual for /HO lamp ballasts. But, the OCV is lower than typical ones which are ~525v; this is around 455v open circuit. I briefly tested an EOL lamp and it wasn't losing vacuum....instead it was dim and flickery like typical 2x40w RS, but a bit more dramatic.
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Apr 21, 2019 at 12:11 AM Author: suzukir122
Did it at times successfully fire up the EOL lamp, but with the brilliant orange flashing? I'm wondering if maybe the ones at
the bike garage are 455 ocv, but EOL lamps do lose vacuum with those ones, despite start up flicker being noticeable. I'll have
to take a video of them sometime

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Apr 21, 2019 at 12:13 PM Author: don93s
Some lamps seem stronger than others and tolerate longer EOL abuse. Mine will still definitely cause the orange electrode fireworks, intermittently. I did notice it was more destructive on an energy saver EOL lamp than a full wattage...maybe because energy saver lamps have a lower arc voltage.
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Apr 21, 2019 at 01:16 PM Author: suzukir122
I've also noticed that too... and I've noticed that EOL full wattage lamps that are in series with energy saver lamps
seem to act a lot more violent than if in series with another full wattage lamp... especially with F40T12 ballasts,
and even more so with the cold temp versions. But I've been told it's also bad to mix energy saver lamps with full
wattage ones on the same ballast. I'm not sure if that's true or not lol

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Apr 22, 2019 at 03:52 PM Author: don93s
I've heard that as well; but mixing full wattage and energy saver on series RS shouldn't matter. The ballast only sees the overall arc voltage of both lamps added together.
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Apr 23, 2019 at 02:38 PM Author: suzukir122
Me personally (and even when I was a kid) I've always liked the start up flicker that takes place when you mix an energy saver
lamp with a full wattage one... mainly with the 34/40 watt T12's

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