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Soviet fluorescent tube positive terminal pin melted bakelite insulator from heat?????????? WTF happened here???

Soviet fluorescent tube positive terminal pin melted bakelite insulator from heat?????????? WTF happened here???

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I noticed that all four of my Ukrainian PZGRL (Poltava) made F40T12 tubes from 1994 has one of the pins loose, because the bakelite insulator has melted around the one pin witch I believe is the pin that has been connected to the positive terminal however it was connected to the fixture and the one terminal on one side of the fixture became the + or positive or "hot" terminal. In normal plug sockets this also occurs frequently when the only slightly melted side is the positive terminal that becomes hot from sparking when you plug in a powerful item aka vacuum cleaner or space heater. But for hell's sake this is a 4-footer, it only draws 40 watts. How the hell the tiny spark it generates could become so hot it melted BAKELITE????? Have you ever seen this on american tubes?

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Jun 23, 2019 at 08:43 PM Author: don93s
Looks like the electrode wire wasn't properly soldered or welded to the inside of the pin which may create a small but steady arc. Even though the current may be only .43a, the small arc can still generate enough heat to create a burn. This seems unusual for only 220v open circuit voltage, but this is my best guess. In the States, I've seen this happen quite often with higher voltage ballast such as slimline, /HO, or electronic T8 with a voltage of 600v; where lamp is not properly seated into socket or bad socket.
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Jun 23, 2019 at 08:50 PM Author: Discolightman
I seen where one side gives out and that side becomes black and clear
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