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Sylvania FS40/400 Manual Reset Fluorescent Starters

Sylvania FS40/400 Manual Reset Fluorescent Starters

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Here is a new old stock package of Sylvania cutout starters for 4' lamps. I also purchased some of these new. The starter on the left is NOS, the starter on the right is one of my new ones. There are only minor differences in the typeface of the logo.

These starters are wired such that they will trip if the bulb continuously tries to start the lamp. They will also trip if the starter sticks closed or the cap shorts out. Because of this, these are the only starters that I am willing to use in my 4' lights.

The only problem I found is that they have trouble starting some of my lights. In one light, the starter continuously tried to start the lamp even after the lamp started. The tubes were reasonably new, too. The tubes were old stock Sylvania 40 watt cool whites. That light works fine with standard starters.

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Manufacturer:Sylvania
Model Reference:FS-40/400, COP-40/400
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Factory Location:Costa Rica

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May 09, 2010 at 01:26 PM Author: DieselNut
Try reversing the starter in its socket 180 degrees. If you have a finicky starter like you mention, that will often cure hard starting problems. Some older starters even said "for optimum performance, try reversing position of starter in its socket".

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May 09, 2010 at 06:09 PM Author: nogden
I've read that before but I've never understood how that would help. I'm not doubting you, I just don't understand why that would work. Thanks for the tip!

I will try that next time I work on the finicky light. The finicky light is actually installed in the kitchen of a local organization I belong to. When I am there next, I will take a picture. They are nice old industrial preheaters! I am also not the person that uses the lights, so I need cutout starters in those lights. I'm sure that no one would tell me if a tube or two failed to come on because of a stuck starter.
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May 09, 2010 at 06:25 PM Author: DieselNut
I am not too sure how it works either, but I know it does make a difference! Same holds true with swapping the lamp end for end if you have a dying lamp. Often, you can get a rectifying lamp to stay lit without flashing violently if you swap it end for end. Maybe it is for the same reason that swapping a starter 180 degrees makes a difference?

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