Fluorescent Lamps & Cold Weather


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Old 01-17-12, 11:46 AM
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Fluorescent Lamps & Cold Weather

4ft fluorescent lamp in my garage will not illuminate when it is -10'F.

Should I disconnect this lamp until warmer weather? Is this hard on the ballast?

Will having the switch 'on' damage the lamp/ballast?
 
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Old 01-17-12, 12:50 PM
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Tubes

I think you should use "extreme weather" tubes such as are used on outside signs etc.
 
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Old 01-17-12, 04:16 PM
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OK, I obtained a cold weather fixture & bulbs.
Did't help my OLD lamp at all. My OLD lamp still doesn't illuminate.

So,
I'll rephrase my questions:

4ft fluorescent lamp in my garage will not illuminate when it is -10'F.

Should I disconnect this lamp until warmer weather?
YES or NO

Is this hard on the ballast?
YES or NO

Will having the switch 'on' damage the lamp/ballast?
YES or NO
 
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Old 01-17-12, 05:31 PM
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I can't answer the questions since it doesn't get that cold here.

There are ballasts more suited for cold weather.
 
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Old 01-17-12, 05:35 PM
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So,
I'll rephrase my questions:

4ft fluorescent lamp in my garage will not illuminate when it is -10'F.

Should I disconnect this lamp until warmer weather?
YES or NO
Yes.
Is this hard on the ballast?
YES or NO
Yes.

Will having the switch 'on' damage the lamp/ballast?
YES or NO
Probably.
 
 

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