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chris buchanan
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Fluorescent starters

Postby chris buchanan » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:07 am

H,
I need a replacement for the starters in my 1961 Lord Sega. At present they are aluminium. If I buy 4w to 60w replacements from my local electrical store they don’t work. Please can you let me know the equivalent replacement.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby treefrog » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:50 am

The starter size is standard and should work across the broad tubes used on machines, mostly 4w, 6w and 8w.......

Can’t remember how many tubes there are on this machine, but I assume at least two. As such, there would be more than one starter. Are all tubes not working? Do you get any flickering? Stating the obvious, but have you checked the power source including fuse? It may also be an issue with ballast or tubes.

If you have not checked through all of above, maybe the next step.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby coppinpr » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:50 am

Starters are starters, old or new. If you have the correct starters for the size of tube you have (and the tubes are definitely good) and they don't work, you may need to check the choke itself as the problem. Replacement chokes are available (just). :cool:

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby coppinpr » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:55 am

Tom & I saying the same thing at exactly the same time, great minds think alike. :didact:

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby ralph » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:32 pm

Try F-20 starter 4-2 Watt 'HPM' brand or S-2. These mostly work well, but I have starters that refuse to work on Aristocrat Fluro's on 1970s era bandits.
Another one that works in my game: FE-T 4-22 Watt. That's an Aussie brand, also 'Clipsal'.
Good luck.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby moonriver » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:38 pm

Not all starters are the same, some use series starters, it depends how it’s wired. Try series starters - might sort out the issue.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby livinginthepast » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:07 pm

Some starters are 110 volt, some are 240 volt and they do not interchange.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby treefrog » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:14 pm

moonriver wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:38 pm
Not all starters are the same, some use series starters, it depends how it’s wired.
You learn something new everyday day on here, well most days that is...... Might test a few as I'm sure I have used both types before. !PUZZLED!

S2 – Serial starters, used for starting of fluorescent tubes Т8, with power 4–22W connected in series of two to one magnetic ballast.

- S10 – Universal starters, used for starting of fluorescent tubes Т8, with power 4–65W and individually connected to a magnetic ballast

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby livinginthepast » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:42 pm

Series starters are 110 volt, FS22 4-22 watt 110 volt.

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Re: Fluorescent starters

Postby moonriver » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:52 pm

We use series starters in our shop ceiling lights (4 fluorescent tubes, 2 x 2).
Many of the 1970s fruit machines with a tube top and bottom of the reel glass only used series starters, all 240 volt supply.


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