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TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:16 am
by jactac
We are having a clear-out of my father in laws house and came across boxes and boxes and boxes of fluorescent light starters.
They all look new but knowing my father in law they could be old/not working, he had a habit of buying stuff he didn't need/want or holding onto cr*p .
Is there any way of testing these with a multimeter ?
We don't have any fluorescent light fittings at home and neither did he at his house (so why he bought them God only knows ?).
I'm guessing these are working but would like to know if there is an easy way to test them with perhaps with a multimeter or without having to find someone who's has fluorescent fittings and go into their house to test them, which might be seen as a bit of a cheek :oops:

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:21 am
by dewaltdisney
It sounds like a trip to the dump. Fluorescent lights are becoming quite rare now as LED lighting is replacing them. I cannot think they would be easily placed even as a gift. I might be wrong? :thumbright:

DWD

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:22 am
by jactac
There must be bloody hundreds of these things here !!!
All looking like new ?
Theres 10 to a box and I've already counted 47 box's, but there's still more to go ::b

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:41 am
by Bob225
Tbh there not worth messing with, stick them on ebay you may get £10-15 for them

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:59 pm
by someone-else
I agree that they are not worth anything................until you look on ebay, they are going for around £1.25 EACH :shock:
But that is being sold in pairs, but that said you could always sell them by the box full.

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:49 am
by ericmark
Years ago working in Algeria at Christmas we wanted some tree lights, so 12 x 6 watt 24 volt bulbs in series, together with a starter the latter made them flash a little erratic, but looked good.

So I suspect with a bulb in series they will flash showing they work, but I also had problems with another job where the starter had to be the right number, some thing about our fly catchers resulted is a standard starter not working, so cost of returns could cost more in postage then you get for them.

Although fluorescent lights are still used, we now use electronic ballasts which don't need starters, and new boxed pack of 25 is around £15 from screwfix, so really not worth the hassle even if they are all new.

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:01 pm
by wine~o
someone-else wrote:look on ebay, they are going for around £1.25 EACH :shock:
Pffft, they're only 90 P from my local wholesaler...

Re: TESTING FLOURECENT STARTERS

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:28 pm
by Bob225
70p for a stamp (40p if franked) - 10-20p for a envelope