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Chain Elec 13 watt preheat PL ballasts

Chain Elec 13 watt preheat PL ballasts

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These ballasts came out of a fixture I gutted for parts. I'm not sure as to who that company is and the ballasts don't say where they are made. Tests indicate they could also be used for 14 or 15 watt linear fluorescent tubes in addition to 13 watt PL lamps. One of the leads came out of one of them and I had to pop the ballast open and solder it back in. These ballasts don't say where they are made. They may go in 14 or 15 watt linear fluorescent fixtures in the future or be used for the 13 watt PL lamps they were made for.

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Manufacturer:Chain Elec
Lamp
Lamp Type:fluorescent
Base:2 pin pl base or medium bipin
Shape/Finish:straight tube or PL U or cluster shaped
Fixture
Ballast Type:preheat
Electrical
Wattage:13-14-15
Voltage:120

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May 12, 2013 at 01:35 AM Author: MikeT1982
Nice collection brother! Impressive gear! Especially the chokes, I love preheat chokes, hopefully soon I get the time and mindset to unpack a Lithonia 24" preheat I bought and get her running
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May 12, 2013 at 01:50 AM Author: DaveMan
Thanks, and excellent. Welcome to the site, Mike. I've been attempting to stash as many of these preheat chokes, esp 14-15-20 ones as I can find, since lamps in those sizes and starters will likely be available for a long time but preheat fixtures themselves are beginning to disappear due to lack of a market demand. A pity though, since they're easily the most reliable (particularly for smaller lamps that only require a choke and don't need an autotransformer) and they also have the most interesting startup sequence. Provided you take care of the fixtures and perform proper maintenance regularly, preheat chokes can pretty much last forever. I'm actually looking for these particular ones now.

EDIT: I just found them and noticed something I didn't notice before or looking over the photo: They also appear to be rated for a 15 watt fluorescent tube! I also did notice the USA in parentheses on the ballast but somehow I don't think these ballasts were actually made in the US.

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May 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM Author: Alights
i wonder if these would work with F13T5 lamps? or do those have to have the auto-transformer design ?
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May 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM Author: DaveMan
I think F13T5 lamps will just blink if you attempt to use them with a choke ballast and an FS2 starter. I have some ballasts meant for F13T5 lamps and they also have an autotransformer, plus the lamps themselves use FS4 starters instead of FS2 starters. I suspect the diameter and fill gas may be part of the reason for that.

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May 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM Author: sol
Long t5 lamps such as 13 watts need 220 volts to strike so they would not work with a choke on 120 V mains.
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May 12, 2013 at 01:57 PM Author: f36t8
The lamps have the same input power, but have different electrical characteristics. The US 13 W PL lamps have a higher current (0.285 A according to the picture) than the F13T5 (~0.17 A, about same as the smaller T5s and the 7-9-11 W PLs).
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May 12, 2013 at 02:37 PM Author: don93s
Yeah, I had a ballast for F13T5 once. It was a preheat auto-transformer style and was for a display case. Strangely, it had what looked like standard brown lamp cords for wires. I wish I knew what happened to it! That was maybe 30 years ago, lol.
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May 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM Author: Alights
I have one you could have Don
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May 12, 2013 at 03:18 PM Author: MikeT1982
Thanks a lot for the welcome Dave. That's a good motive and thanks for informing me on the availability dropping, it's so unfortunate :-/. I took a look at alot of your stuff and vids and share your love for clear mercuries, hence when i heard that one starting up lastnight I had to get a pic and post it here!
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May 12, 2013 at 08:55 PM Author: arcblue
I recently bought a 13w PL-C fixture that has a standard 14-15-20 choke ballast. I was surprised at that as I thought the current was different between the linear & CF lamps. I've also been running a 9w PL on a 13w ballast with no problems but it'll probably shorten its life.

The 14-15-20 ballasts seem to be best for an F15T8...usually F20T12's are dim and F14T12's are overdriven slightly.

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