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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #285 on: April 02, 2019, 09:48:31 PM » Author: RyanF40T12
Today I retrofitted a 175W MH wallpack to a 150w HPS.  Found one of my previous retrofitted 150W HPS fixtures from 2 years ago had a starter go bad so I have to get back to it later.  Stuck a 100W 130v rough duty bulb in there for now.  Will return later this week with new ballast setup. (on left side of picture)  I have some other little things to do at this building.  I also found the parking lot light relay to likely be faulty so the parking lot lights are not coming on.  Not something I can touch, will require our licensed electrician to handle.  They may just be able to remove that relay now though because we have LED parking lot lights now which replaced 5- 250 W HPS fixtures a few years ago. 

This building also has new philips Alto F32T8 4100k CW Deluxe tubes and ballasts in the hallway fixtures.  The Tubes are about a month on them but they continue to start up very dim especially in the center.  Once they are warmed up, they put out nice light but very disappointing in how dark they are when turning on.  Takes almost 2 full minutes to get warmed up.  I may swap them out for new Sylvania 4100ks now that we finally got a crate of them in. 





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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #286 on: April 03, 2019, 03:45:38 PM » Author: Lumex120
Why did you convert it to HPS from metal halide? Bad ballast?
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #287 on: April 04, 2019, 12:56:34 AM » Author: RyanF40T12
HPS lasts 4+ times longer then MH.  I was changing out the MH bulbs every year and a half where as I can go 6-8+ years with the HPS. 
Today I replaced the bad HPS ballast on that wall pack and also replaced a worn out 15 year old T8 ballast and then a bad battery pack in another T8 fixture. 
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #288 on: April 10, 2019, 05:10:43 PM » Author: RyanF40T12
Today I picked up a few freebies from Craigs List. 
An 8ft fixture (6 F32T8 tubes) which had old but like new pre-Ecologic Sylvania 3500k tubes in them,  and a box of 10 or so Philips 841 F32T8 lamps.

At another location I picked up 8 F40T12 shoplight fixtures that need a little TLC but will clean up nicely.  Has the cheap-o economy magnetic ballasts in them, so they'll get removed and a few will get HPF F40T12 magnetic ballasts and a few will be upgraded to T8. 

Photos will come soon.

 
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #289 on: April 10, 2019, 07:26:12 PM » Author: suzukir122
Today, although I didn't physically do anything regarding buying or installing new lighting, I did discover something.
On my way home, there is a coin laundry/dryer store very close to where I live. (which is weird because literally
walking distance from that store, there's another one.) With this one in particular, the outside of it is lit with 6 HO
2 lamp strip fixtures... all of them look to be 7 footers. They work, but all are dim, 3 of them are even dimmer/shimmering.
All of them have been lit since 2015, back when I moved into this apartment. They've never been off, with the exception of power outages
of course. This morning I noticed one of the dim/shimmering ones had a lamp that finally reached EOL. I decided to
go and check out these fixtures close up and I discovered, all of them are Philip Altos. (That's why they were so dim)
Not sure if that EOL lamp lost vacuum though... but the filament on the good side of the lamp was glowing very brightly.
Maybe someday I can convince the owner of the store to have me relamp all of them, but I think those craptastic Philip Alto's
may have done damage to the ballasts at this point.
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #290 on: April 12, 2019, 06:58:34 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
@RyanF40T12:
If those are actually HO & not slimline, I really don't think EOL lamps will hurt anything.
And 7-foot Shocked ?? those are lamps rare to even see.



Swapped out the ballast on a 2xF32 fixture I have above a fishtank...finally git sick of it going out every time I bumped or moved it.
(there must be a loose wire or bad solder joint inside the ballast itself...I plan to crack it open & have a look .LOL. don't really care if I destroy it in the process.)
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #291 on: April 13, 2019, 05:51:40 AM » Author: suzukir122
@xmaslightguy, sorry for the confusion, but that was me (Suzukir122) not RyanF40T12! lol  Roll Eyes
But yeah those fixtures *might* actually be 8 footers, but I really have no clue. They look too small
to be 8 footers, but too long to be 6 footers. I'll have to try to see the etch of those lamps close
up at some point in time for the wattages. I don't think these are slimline though.
These fixtures have been shimmering/flickering literally the entire time I've lived here, and even
before that. Wouldn't the constant shimmer/flicker eventually lead to capacitor failure with rapid start ballasts?
I forgot one more thing... two of those fixtures contain electronic ballasts... lamps still dim with those
as well, but no flicker/shimmering of course.
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #292 on: April 13, 2019, 09:08:12 AM » Author: xmaslightguy
@xmaslightguy, sorry for the confusion, but that was me (Suzukir122) not RyanF40T12! lol  Roll Eyes
But yeah those fixtures *might* actually be 8 footers, but I really have no clue. They look too small
to be 8 footers, but too long to be 6 footers. I'll have to try to see the etch of those lamps close
up at some point in time for the wattages. I don't think these are slimline though.
These fixtures have been shimmering/flickering literally the entire time I've lived here, and even
before that. Wouldn't the constant shimmer/flicker eventually lead to capacitor failure with rapid start ballasts?
I forgot one more thing... two of those fixtures contain electronic ballasts... lamps still dim with those
as well, but no flicker/shimmering of course.
I see that now, that is why one shouldn't post replies at night when tired...LOL...it should have been a split reply

I've never actually seen a 7-foot fixture (but really want one!), that size lamp was mainly used in signs.
The biggest thing (I believe) with flicker from EOL lamps is, as long as its not causing the ballast to overheat...Heat will

I wonder though if those fixtures since they're not EOL, if its one of these:
* The capacitors are partially bad? That would certainly make them dimmer & more flickery. Might also explain why a couple were replaced
* They're running on less than 120v? That makes HPF RS shimmer noticeably.

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  another location I picked up 8 F40T12 shoplight fixtures that need a little TLC but will clean up nicely.
Free shoplights is always a good thing...
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #293 on: April 14, 2019, 05:19:30 AM » Author: suzukir122
I wonder if it's capacitor issues as well, because those lamps are really dim. I really can't conclude what it
could be, since they're using Philip Alto's. I can tell they're Philips, with those classic green end caps.
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Re: What did you do today lighting wise? « Reply #294 on: April 14, 2019, 01:55:49 PM » Author: RyanF40T12
Could just be wrong ballasts for those tubes. 
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