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ace100w120v
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Oct 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM Author: ace100w120v
Ballast still useable? It's a vintage Universal.
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Oct 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM Author: DetroitTwoStroke
Hmmm. It looks like it started arcing for a little while before it shorted, judging by the burned insulation. If it was immediately a dead short it would probably be a small burned spot with minimal soot deposits.

That ballast likely contains PCBs, so if it can't be repaired, be sure it is recycled properly.

Pride and quality workmanship should lie behind manufacturing, not greed.

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Oct 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM Author: Alights
Never seen this happen..sure does suck because its a nice ballast..
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Oct 18, 2012 at 05:08 AM Author: rjluna2
If you have chance to pull the ballast out, can you date the stamp under the ballast?

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Oct 18, 2012 at 06:17 AM Author: toomanybulbs
will try to open it and see if new leads can be attached.
its in a very old and heavy shoplight.has one westinghouse tube in it that is likely original.
it looks unused.and a brand new ge.
it and a same receiver came from a trashpile in my neighborhood.
it was dry when i tested it too.gave a nice loud buzzing arc when i turned it on via the pullchain.
it lit up while doing this so i thought it was a bad switch.
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Oct 24, 2012 at 08:54 AM Author: DieselNut
Those "rubber" type wires are bad about getting brittle where they come out of the case. If you are careful, you can repair it.

Preheat Fluorescents forever!
I love diesel engines, rural/farm life and vintage lighting!

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Oct 24, 2012 at 09:18 AM Author: Ash
Is it the input or HV output ?
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Oct 24, 2012 at 09:42 AM Author: Alights
Looks like both
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Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM Author: Ash
One wire must have started it - the rest is demage from the heat of the arcing
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Oct 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM Author: ace100w120v
Looks like the white wire came loose, arced, and that burned the rest?
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Jun 09, 2013 at 11:34 AM Author: toomanybulbs
date is 1-62.
has been put aside for possible repair in the future.the black,white,and both yellows snapped off flush when i removed it.
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Sep 15, 2014 at 06:23 PM Author: rjluna2
There you go, January 1962.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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