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Rapid Start Sequence
Testing out the burst mode feature on my new camera. Here's the startup sequence of my American fluorescent wraparound light. The lamp that always fires up first is on the blue side of the ballast. Lamps are some Premium Life Xtrabright T10 I found at Restore while the ballast is a Advance Mark III. 
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Rapid Start Sequence

Testing out the burst mode feature on my new camera. Here's the startup sequence of my American fluorescent wraparound light. The lamp that always fires up first is on the blue side of the ballast. Lamps are some Premium Life Xtrabright T10 I found at Restore while the ballast is a Advance Mark III.

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Album name:joe_347V / Misc. Lighting Pics
Keywords:Lit_Lighting
Filesize:232 KiB
Date added:Dec 27, 2012
Dimensions:1800 x 1200 pixels
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DateTime Original:2012:12:27 03:59:07
Exposure Bias:-1.67 EV
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Exposure Program:Program
Exposure Time:1/50 sec
FNumber:f/4.5
Flash:No Flash
Focal length:34 mm
ISO:320
Make:Canon
Model:Canon EOS REBEL T3
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streetlight98   [Dec 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM]
sweet!
joe_347V   [Dec 27, 2012 at 08:00 PM]
Thanks! I think capturing a blink happy preheater would be pretty cool too.
GEsoftwhite100watts   [Dec 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM]
Ever notice that the .73 amp ballasts have WAY more startup flicker when used with 40w lamps than .8 amp ones? My Sears shoplight has hardly any flicker but drives the tubes nice and brightly.
streetlight98   [Dec 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM]
My stupid RS shoplite flickers the lamps after start up almost like the lamps are mercury starved. The lamps work fine on the preheat shoplite and the GE’s I use in the preheater work fine in the RS one so I think I’ll switch them…
joe_347V   [Dec 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM]
Heh, the Sylvania's I had in it before used to do that mercury starved look for a minute after startup.
streetlight98   [Dec 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM]
Yeah funny how it doesn’t happen on preheat lights, only RS. I guess preheaters have higher OCV or something?
GEsoftwhite100watts   [Dec 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM]
You could try sticking the EcoLux lamps in the rapid start shoplight...
But whatever you do, don't get rid of that vintage RS shoplight!
streetlight98   [Dec 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM]
That's what a planned. Don't worry, i won't get rid of the shoplite! I may leave it at my parents' house when i move out though. If i do, i'll install a T8 ballast and leave the fixture up. The preheat single lamp shoplite is coming with me no questions asked. Laughing BTW, I'm now using Google Chrome, since apparently it was already installed on my laptop. Still getting used to it though... At least the stuipd popup window issue is fixed. Very Happy
GEsoftwhite100watts   [Dec 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM]
Yeah, even though I am a MAC user I usually use Chrome and have it set as my default browser.
Personally I'd take the RS shoplight with you but it's totally up to you...
streetlight98   [Dec 28, 2012 at 02:07 AM]
Ehh since I'd be getting so many other vintage fluorescents I may not have room for all of them. That shoplite would be the "least interesting" from the bunch so I'd heave it behind. I'd want the ballast though since it's vintage. It could be given to a member here or saved as a spare if any other ballasts go bad. I'm hoping to find another "uninteresting" light to hang in the laundry room when i move out to replace the preheater since i'm taking that thing to the grave with me. Laughing
GEsoftwhite100watts   [Dec 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM]
I don't blame you at all...
My Sears shoplight will probably go with me as will my vintage florescents, MV yardlight, MH highbays and HID lamps, as well as everything I've collected except maybe some 4' florescents that aren't super valuable if I don't have room, and other stuff that doesn't work/I don't have room to store for awhile if I have to...
As for the preheat shoplight, just replace it with an electronic IS F32T8 one. Your parents will probably like the instant-on, flicker-free operation better anyway...
joe_347V   [Dec 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM]
Mike, did you see my new MH tracklights?
GEsoftwhite100watts   [Dec 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM]
Joe and Mike, have you seen my highbay space heater? (...)
rapidstart_12   [Dec 24, 2023 at 05:41 PM]
This is cool! I might do the same sort of thing with a programmed-start T8 fixture out in my garage.

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