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  • curious

    does anyone know what the voltage or amperage exiting a ballast to the bulbs is? Have always been curious but no one I have asked seemed to now. thanks ken

  • #2
    Re: curious

    typical fluorescent ballasts have an output voltage around 600 volts or more with a low current.
    but neon lights can easily exceed 1000 volts
    kind of am interesting thing to think about if you are handling a lit coors neon light
    shooting the s*** is a lot more fun when you use hollow points (much more splatter)

    coffee hell gimme booze!!!

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    • #3
      Re: curious

      Arent the ballasts variable voltage? They have a high voltage at light-off then drop down to 26 or so once lit? I thought I read that someplace.
      ~~

      ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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      • #4
        Re: curious

        correct once the plasma arc is started in the bulb the voltage drops off.
        but the amount of drop is dependent on the length of the bulb

        fluorescent bulbs use low pressure mercury vapor and phosphor coating inside the tube.
        while neon type bulbs use gases such as neon, argon, or krypton
        the high voltage arc ionizes the gases exciting the atoms and the energy the give off forms the different colored light

        here are some wikis on them
        Neon sign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        Fluorescent lamp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        hope this helps
        shooting the s*** is a lot more fun when you use hollow points (much more splatter)

        coffee hell gimme booze!!!

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        • #5
          Re: curious

          WOW! I learned a lot, thanks fellows

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