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Old 10-22-10, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default 12 Volt Fluorescent Lamp Drivers

For those of you running any 12V systems, using CFLs can be a problem unless you run your 12V system through an inverter. Well, this page shows you how to build a relatively driver circuit to run florescents off of. They have a fariety of circuits from 2W drivers to 20W.

12 Volt fluorescent lamp drivers


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Old 04-09-11, 08:47 AM   #2
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1 watt low enough?
Circuit - 1 WATT FLUORESCENT LAMP NIGHT LIGHT - Circuits designed by David A. Johnson, P.E.


I was thinking about the lack of transformers, when I saw this one..
Fluorescent Inverter
You make the transformer too..

Here's the source.
http://www.discovercircuits.com/F/fluor-lamp.htm

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Default Low Voltage Fluorescent vs. Inverter + CFL

I'm not familiar with these low voltage fluorescent starter designs, but some years back, I found some RV fluorescent bulbs & starters at my local thrift store.

I compared the current draw of using a cheap Modified Sine Wave inverter + CFL, to using my newly acquired RV lights.

To my amazement, the current draw through the inverter + CFL was lower, and the light quality and illumination level was better (higher) compared to the RV starter fluorescent. Plus, there is a large selection of cheap CFL bulbs available. Go figure...

Your mileage may vary.

Personally, I think that the age of the LED is just about here. Just a few minor improvements and economy of scale to go...

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