Pulsestarter EFS 120
Pulsestarter EFS 120P
Pulsestarter EFS 600
Pulsestarter EFS 600P
Pulsestarter EFS 300
Pulsestarter EFS 400
Pulsestarter Technical Section
The pulsestarter increases lamp life and therefore significantly reduces harmful mercury waste.
The pulsestarter is environmentally friendly.
Pulsestarter was the world's first electronic starter to provide a fully optimised programmed strike mode fluorescent lamps. I has been much refined since its conception in the 1980s.
T8 (26mm) lamps are more difficult to strike than their T12 (38mm) predecessors, and have less robust cathode assemblies. Cathode wear during starting is the limiting factor on tube life, and with the introduction of energy saving T8 lamps, this has increased.
When a tube reaches the end of its life, a lamp failure monitoring circuit shuts the starter down until the lamp is replaced - avoiding repeated attempts to strike failed or faulty lamps and preventing excessive heat build up in the control gear and intrusive flashing.
Although more costly than the unit it replaces, Pulsestarters offers in real terms a 70% reductions in maintenance labour costs, as well as extending tube life by over 50%.
At the 7,500 hours nominal life quoted by most lamp manufacturers, the user can expect to have suffered 30% failures due to cathode damage. At this point the light output has fallen to only 90% of design lumens.
The Pulsestarter programme strike mode was developed to ensure that the new lamps delivered a real saving - and not just an anergy saving which could be cancelled by increased maintenance costs.
Pulsestarter avoids the problem of cold striking by fully heating the cathodes to optimum operating temperature before applying a controlled striking pulse. Therefore wear during starting is virtually eliminated, and tube life is extended to the point where lumen deficiency determines replacement. If the Pulsestarter has been fitted, the early cathode failure would have been eliminated, and the user could have chosen to relamp at a point when lamp output had fallen to a predetermined level. Typically, if 85% of design lumen output was considered the minimum acceptable level, the lamps could be changed at 15,000 hours. With Pulsestarter, the cathodes would still be functioning at 100%.
Using solid state construction, Pulsestarter offers long life performance, and need not be replaced during planned lighting maintenance - saving the cost of replacement starter switches.
Our policy of achieving international approvals is your assurance of our consistent quality.
Canister to BSEN 60155: Nominal dimensions in millimetres
Canister and Base materials: Polycarbonate. VO rated
Pin material: Brass
An encapsulated two wire connection version is also available
Approved to Group 2 Non-Incentive (N) License No. BASEEFA 02 ATEX 0135LL
Circuits: The circuit is optimised for use in standard lagging power factor switch start fluorescent circuits, and all of the parameters quoted relate to use in this configuration.
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