Fluorescent and timers


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Old 01-07-03, 06:07 PM
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Flourescent and timers

I've heard that some flourescent lites will not work on timers. Is this true?
I want to use a timer to turn my aquarium lites on and off. They are 36 inch strip lites working on quick start ballasts. What do you think?
 
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Old 01-07-03, 06:12 PM
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I can't see that there would be a problem. A timer makes a connection the same as a switch does.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 03:28 AM
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They'll work just fine on a timer.
I had 2, 2 tube 36" lights on my aquarium, all ran by timer.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 07:48 AM
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Most of the timers are plain old mechanical switches. A problem can occur if an electronic switch is used to control a ballast. Not WiILL occur, but CAN occur. A timer witha nice 'click' is probably mechanical.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 08:45 AM
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I think maybe Jeff heard dimmers wouldnt wrk on flos.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 10:15 AM
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Yeah.. dimmers won't work on regular flourescents, you need a dimmable ballast. Ice Caps are popular for aquariums for that reason, but are quite expensive.
 
 

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