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Electrical adventure...

I noticed that my office was a bit dim tonight and found out by the rarely ever practiced scientific method of looking up that one of the two flourescent tubes in my lamp has decided that it didn't want to work for me anymore. It quit without any advanced notice.

Sooooo... no big deal. I open up the lamp, turn the tube (carefully and with closed eyes in case something breaks) and take it out. Fine. From the last time I replaced the lamp I had a left over tube from the old one that still worked so I wanted to put in that one. Hrmpf. Too short. By at least ten inches. Why didn't I see that earlier? So I have to get a new tube and throw out two old ones. Sigh. Expenses. But since I have to buy a new tube, I figured it would be a good idea to replace the starter as well. I already know that they get a bit brittle from the heat between the tubes so I touch it ever so gently, close my eyes again and at the slightest hint of turning it... the housing crumbles and I hold the inside between my fingers. Scared the hell out of me. Lucky me, the inside is insulated as well. Who builds these crappy plastic shells??? They should be made to replace some of their own creations sometime.

Edit: Have a picture - http://pics.livejournal.com/atkelar/pic/0008044y/g91


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Sep. 24th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
a) Flourescent Lamps, not Neon.. The gas in Flourescent is Mercury Vapor

b) Lamp must be ancient to still be using starters, since most modern fixures just use rapid start ballasts.. But starters typically get replaced when the lamps get replaced anyway.. Over here starters come in either metal or plastic.. Metal have a lil hole on the end so you can see the vapor bulb flickering to see if the starter is working.. the plastic ones whole thing lights up.. But yeah plastic ones suck if thay are in a fixture exposed to the light of the fixture, since that UV coming from the lamps will destroy plastic, and bleach out printed papers on your desk :>
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks - updated the entry. My dictionary didn't account for slang here. In German we generally call them "neon" as opposed to regular "light bulbs".

I can't really remember when I bought that thing - must have ben around 2006 or so.

Also, I added a picture to the entry...
Sep. 24th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
neon, as the element gas, is a totally different lamp, when you excite neon, it lights up orange/red it is typically the tubing light you would see in a street store sign.

oddly enough, over the past couple of weeks, one of my work projects has been to re-wire a Neon sign:


and flourescent isn't "slang" it's official, and the word seems to be the same in German :>


The compact flourescents of newer fixtures, have the starters built right into the bulb, so you are changing it with the re-lamp.
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ah - I meant the German "neon-slang" that didn't translate well. Around here you hardly ever hear flourescent in conversations. The new light bulbs are called Leuchtstofflampe - which would be a good translation of flourescent lamp but the tube version is always referred to as neon tube. :)
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
That's odd. I've never seen the housing breaking away. And and I had startes in my paws, likely 20 years old and with 10 runtime 5 days a week.

But yeah, it's good advice to switch the lamp of AND switch the breaker off als well if you work on any electric device. I got several shocks from changing worn out light bulbs because the glue which holds the bulb to its socket gave away and the socket itself was connected the wrong way.
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
I am used to them being a bit brittle - but this one tops everything I've come across. Journal entry has a picture now.
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