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Blinkiest lamp and starter combination « on: June 24, 2022, 07:57:25 AM » Author: HIDLad001
Hi, I am interested in building a preheat F8T5 striplight. I want it to be as blinky as possible. I am guessing that the amount the bulb blinks is dependent on the brand of bulb used and the starter. Do you have any recommendations for specific bulbs and starters?
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Re: Blinkiest lamp and starter combination « Reply #1 on: June 24, 2022, 10:35:04 AM » Author: Rommie
Sorry, fluorescents aren't really my subject, but I feel I should point out that when a tube blinks excessively on startup, that is the emitter sputtering from the cathodes and the life of the lamp can be shortened drastically as a result every time it happens. Some people use the term 'blink happy' but to me, the lamp is anything but happy..!
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Re: Blinkiest lamp and starter combination « Reply #2 on: June 24, 2022, 05:26:22 PM » Author: HIDLad001
I knew that, but it is always nice to have people point things out to me that I didn't think of at the time.  :veolfl:
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Re: Blinkiest lamp and starter combination « Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 08:01:09 PM » Author: 108CAM
The green coloured Osram starters are rather blink happy.
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Re: Blinkiest lamp and starter combination « Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 03:01:26 AM » Author: AngryHorse
The 8 watt T5 is probably THE WORST type of fluorescent you could build something like that with sadly, I had 12 of them under my kitchen units,  they never got starter changes because 80% of the time the circuits never even used the starter to fire up!
Most would instant start, or start like they were on the old SRS circuits!, even in the middle of winter when the kitchen was coldest, the ones that would blink would only do it a couple of times.
It’s a cool idea, but I reckon you would get better results using something like a 5 foot?  8)
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