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Title: You lighting fails!
Post by: Binarix128 on April 14, 2019, 11:20:59 AM
Do you do any lighting fail, connect a discharge lamp direct to the local current meaning was a SBMV, or accidentally smashed an old lamp. Me too:

2 years ago, i maked a homemade lamp with a PLASTIC LAMPHOLDER, for connect a 160W SBMV lamp! and actually the lampholder is melted!  ;D ;D And I tried to glow the fluorescent tube filaments with a 12V power supply, or chech the fluorescent tubes are not broken with a kitchen lighter!  ;D ;D ;D

https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5197&pos=9&pid=157668

https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5197&pos=0&pid=158496

https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5226&pos=0&pid=158495

https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5226&pos=10&pid=157696


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on April 14, 2019, 08:07:22 PM
I had a plug-to-light socket adapter with a 2-outlet-light-socket combo with a pull chain switch where the chain shorted at the plug and tripped the circuit breaker. I broke a few light bulbs as well. One broke by stacking it on top of another to which it fell of and broke on the other ::) It was rare too.  :'( The second one broke by a light falling off my bed and smashing it, and the third one broke by a desk lamp falling on top of it apparently.  ::)


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Fluorescent05 on April 28, 2019, 12:13:28 PM
I once connected a 50 watt mercury vapor lamp to 120v thinking I connected it to a ballast that I had made. I ended up plugging the socket with the mercury lamp in it into the wall and plugging the ballast box into itself. ;D Luckily the lamp was only a modern Sylvania.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Binarix128 on June 24, 2019, 09:18:28 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ::)


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Lumex120 on June 24, 2019, 10:31:39 PM
Hmmm... let's see:
-Had a clear 60w Duro-test AT19 roll off of a shelf and shatter on a CARPETED floor.
-Somehow improperly wired a 150w HPS CWA ballast from an M250R2 and had it start shooting flames... in my room. I couldn't get the smell out for weeks.
-Dropped a fluorescent aquarium light in the water while it was still on.
Not related to lighting but I ended up making chlorine gas when I was trying to make a hydrogen generator for my 8th grade science fair. Apparently you aren't supposed to use salt water but instead baking soda water.

I also have done tons of other really stupid things when I didn't know better. Fortunately I have a little more common sense now. ;D
I once connected a 50 watt mercury vapor lamp to 120v thinking I connected it to a ballast that I had made. I ended up plugging the socket with the mercury lamp in it into the wall and plugging the ballast box into itself. ;D Luckily the lamp was only a modern Sylvania.
what did it look like when it was turned on?


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on June 24, 2019, 11:53:18 PM
-Put a 50w HPS lamp on a 320w PSMH ballast. The lamp exploded on the carpet. Almost ended up burning the entire house down.
-Destroyed a couple of vintage lamp packages.
-Killing a whole bunch of useful working lamps for some reason (F40s, C7s, etc. No HIDs fortunately.)


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Fluorescent05 on June 25, 2019, 04:50:18 AM
Hmmm... let's see:
what did it look like when it was turned on?
It just flashed brightly once, the arctube cracked, and it never worked again. The outer bulb stayed intact. I'm lucky it didn't explode because this was in my grandma's house.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Fluorescent05 on June 25, 2019, 04:52:42 AM
-Put a 50w HPS lamp on a 320w PSMH ballast. The lamp exploded on the carpet. Almost ended up burning the entire house down.
-Destroyed a couple of vintage lamp packages.
-Killing a whole bunch of useful working lamps for some reason (F40s, C7s, etc. No HIDs fortunately.)

Did the 50 watt HPS immediately explode? If not, what did it do before exploding?


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: LightsDelight on July 02, 2019, 07:44:33 AM
- I threw a circline :circ: at the back fence.
- I ran a 80W mv strait on 240V no ballast
- I tried to install a nice old 40w fluorescent but it slipped out of my hands and onto the floor
- I tried to wind my own 175W mv choke but I was off by a zero in the calculations so I had too little turns, I plugged it onto 240V knowing that the impedance would let it limit the current except it went off with a bang and tripped the MCB


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: LightsDelight on July 02, 2019, 07:51:44 AM
I once connected a 50 watt mercury vapor lamp to 120v thinking I connected it to a ballast that I had made. I ended up plugging the socket with the mercury lamp in it into the wall and plugging the ballast box into itself. ;D Luckily the lamp was only a modern Sylvania.
hahaha :D. It is very entertaining to watch them on mains without current limiting.

- I got a zap off an igniter before
- I got a belt from 240V because I forgot to insulate switch terminals
- And I got a belt from a lamp, I had my hand on the exposed metal bit on the outside of an E40 base and had my arm on the earthed case and it made me jump back a metre and tripped the RCD


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Binarix128 on July 05, 2019, 09:19:53 PM
- I ran a 80W mv strait on 240V no ballast

¿What happened when you ran the MV directly to the house power line?


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: LightsDelight on July 05, 2019, 09:21:23 PM
Ithe arc tube melted and popped before any thing major happened


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Binarix128 on July 05, 2019, 09:27:19 PM
Ithe arc tube melted and popped before any thing major happened
WOW!  :a_mv:


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 05, 2019, 11:29:46 PM
Did the 50 watt HPS immediately explode? If not, what did it do before exploding?
Ran metal halide white for a minute, then... Kaboom! Part of the sodium was smoldering on the carpet, white hot.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Fluorescent05 on July 06, 2019, 10:56:48 AM
Ran metal halide white for a minute, then... Kaboom! Part of the sodium was smoldering on the carpet, white hot.
Do you have pictures of it?


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 06, 2019, 04:13:29 PM
Do you have pictures of it?
Sadly, I never thought about taking pictures or video of that event at that time.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: Lumex120 on July 06, 2019, 09:07:39 PM
Ran metal halide white for a minute, then... Kaboom! Part of the sodium was smoldering on the carpet, white hot.
That probably wasn't sodium, it was more likely a piece of the arctube or something.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: fluorescent lover 40 on July 06, 2019, 11:44:53 PM
That probably wasn't sodium, it was more likely a piece of the arctube or something.
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You're probably right.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: High Intensity on July 22, 2019, 10:37:08 PM
One fail i remember is about 5 years ago, i got a pack of neon indicator lamps for really cheap and i was bored so i decided to hook one up without a resistor, so i hook it up, turn on the power, and BANG. the leads on the neon lamp melt instantly. To my surprise, the circuit breaker did not trip and the neon lamp still worked for the most part.


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: xmaslightguy on July 24, 2019, 07:12:16 PM
Quote from: High Intensity
One fail i remember is about 5 years ago, i got a pack of neon indicator lamps for really cheap and i was bored so i decided to hook one up without a resistor, so i hook it up, turn on the power, and BANG. the leads on the neon lamp melt instantly. To my surprise, the circuit breaker did not trip and the neon lamp still worked for the most part.
I did that once. It lit its normal orange color for maybe 30 seconds, then turned blue-ish for a couple seconds, then -pop- it was done. LOL


Title: Re: You lighting fails!
Post by: LightsDelight on July 25, 2019, 03:33:29 PM
One fail i remember is about 5 years ago, i got a pack of neon indicator lamps for really cheap and i was bored so i decided to hook one up without a resistor, so i hook it up, turn on the power, and BANG. the leads on the neon lamp melt instantly. To my surprise, the circuit breaker did not trip and the neon lamp still worked for the most part.
I did that when I got a new power supply 0-70V the neon went bang and so did the power supply