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Any problem using fluo lamp 120v 60Hz on 100v 50Hz electrical supply?

Any problem using fluo lamp 120v 60Hz on 100v 50Hz electrical supply?


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Old 10-08-13, 01:03 AM
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Any problem using fluo lamp 120v 60Hz on 100v 50Hz electrical supply?

I have 2 nice table lamps equipped with FC5 22W circular T5 fluorescent lights that I plan to bring to Japan. They are US standards 120v 60Hz and in Japan we have 100v 50Hz. I do not plan to add any kind of converter; therefore I would like to know if it would work properly. Thanks.
 
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Old 10-08-13, 03:23 AM
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At first I thought you might not have any problems with your light but wasn't sure. According to a wiki travel article about electrical items Fluorescent lights in particular tend to not work right if the voltages is not right. Here is a link to the article I found Electrical systems - Wikitravel . It also mentions other things besides lighting so I hope you read the whole article it should help you with other things as well. I wish you a nice stay in Japan!
 
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Old 10-08-13, 03:57 AM
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The fluorescent light ballast, if marginal, can overheat on the lower 50 Hz frequency AC and/or pass so much current actually resulting n an overvoltage that damages the lamps. Alternatively the 100 volts may be too much of a "brownout" for the 120 volt innards to operate the lamps properly.
 
 

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