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  • A Light Question

    Do you guys buy AMF lights or just use local suppliers?

    We use 82/70 spotters. An AMF store clerk in Holland told us that it would be faster and cheaper to just buy tubes from any old retailer and they'd be fine.

    What I'm finding is that one in say, three isn't working in the machine but it will work okay in a domestic striplight. I reckon this is due to the tubes needing a starter to kick them into life.

    Would choosing a different wattage make them any more likely to work in the machines. Can you buy special tubes for starterless rigs or do you Think I should just go back to AMF and pay out the extra beans?

    I'm a bit worried because we now have several boxes worth of 30watt blacklights and whitelights and it's a lottery which ones'll work. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif[/img]
    ~ PJ

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    Re: A Light Question

    P-Jay,

    Forgive my ignorance but what cycle current do you have there?

    If you are using 50HZ, but the lights have 60HZ ballasts that could be part of the problem.

    Voltage too 100 vs 115.

    John
    Please.....follow the instructions!!

    John
    804-240-4982

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    • #3
      Re: A Light Question

      Were 50Hz here. Yes, the ballast thing seems to be my problem then. I'll try switching a couple with ones from the workshop strips and see what happens.

      I'll be shopping for new light-units soon anyway so we can set the machines up for glow bowling. That should fix us right up.

      Cheers for your help, John.
      ~ PJ

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      • #4
        Re: A Light Question

        Just realised I can't do that experiment with the ballasts. {doh!} We run on 240 volts here.

        I take it the chassis is doling out 110v to the pit lights?
        ~ PJ

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        • #5
          Re: A Light Question

          I would read the output with a meter to be safe.
          Please.....follow the instructions!!

          John
          804-240-4982

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          • #6
            Re: A Light Question

            Even if you're running 220, try taking the neutral wire to ground (add to the place where the ground is within the fixture). It isn't code here in the US, but it will work if the ballast isn't solid state and needs the 50Hz return.
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            • #7
              Re: A Light Question

              Hi P-Jay if your machines are 220v then chassis will be supplyimg 220v to the pit lights.What type of lamp units do you have. are they the single fitting or the double fitting.the tube is not a problem if correct wattage.yes you can buy locally and cheaper.
              maister

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              • #8
                Re: A Light Question

                Hi guys

                Ted, I might try that out just out of sheer curiosity but I wouldn't feel happy modding the electrics on the lanes when it would be so easy to just pick up a bunch of new light units instead.

                Maister, we have single units but we'd need to buy doubles for the blacklights soon if we get the go ahead. I'm pretty sure the ballasts are the original bakolite-coloured American ones. I'll be able to take a better look at it all on tuesday when I'm on again.
                ~ PJ

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                • #9
                  Re: A Light Question

                  Hey P-jay,
                  Go to a local Electrical Wholesaler, specially a national chain like City Electrical Factors(CEF)
                  or WILTS or something. Buy in several tubes at a time. I got about 100 tubes of various sizes and wattages for all the centre lighting. Also a good idea to keep a load of starters as well. ALthough experiance suggests that changing both the starter and the tube each time gives you plenty of life.

                  For the recored you are on 230Volts supplied at 50 Hz. The national standard for the UK.

                  Also please be aware that the disposal of fluorescent tubes is now a Health and Safety issue and tubes should be stored to be collected.

                  I have the AMF dual pit lights, but have had to change the odd ballast/choke now and then.
                  If you have any problems give us a yell,
                  kev@revtech.fsnet.co.uk
                  If Wile E coyote has enough money to by all that Acme crap why doesnt he buy his dinner?

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