JR> I have cheap utility flourescent lights in an area where I set up my PC and
JR> laser printer. Whenever I use the printer the lights dim and flicker. I
JR> assume the current draw drops the voltage to the lights which is what cause
JR> them to dim but is there a fix? Perhaps more expensive flourescents that
JR> might be less sensitive to voltage drops?
Someone suggested plugging your laser printer into a UPS. Not sure if
true still but a few years ago plugging a laser printer into a regular
UPS would damage the UPS -- one needed a special UPS made especially
for the heavy initial draw while the laser was powering up.
I would tend to agree with the person who suggested there is too much
draw on the circuit. A UPS for the computer (and monitor) would be a
good idea to protect from accidental boot when the power dips. From
what I have read it is not necessary to have a printer on a UPS.
(Surge protection would be a darn good idea, but that's a different
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