No problem, I like being corrected so I can learn. Heck, I have no
fear of terrorists because as a small boy, I had Irish nuns for
teachers. They used tactile and extreme audio correction. I still
have knots on my head dating from the middle of the last century.
No, do not use an NE-2. Use the bulb that can be gutted from an FS-2
A starter bulb has a bimetal strip that bends from the heat of the glow
discharge in it, and temporarily shorts. This is explained in Sam
Goldwasser's Fluorescent Lamp/Fixture FAQ. I have a copy (possibly older
but definitely relevant) at:
Official copies are available somewhere in www.repairfaq.org and
http://repairfaq.cis.upenn.edu . Look, I found one:
Do a text search in one of these for "Fluorescent Starter Operation".
The NE-2 is a neon lamp that is intended only to take current amounting
to less than 1 milliamp. If it is substituted for a starter in an 18 watt
120V fluorescent fixture, it will conduct somewhere in the ballpark of 300
milliamps. It is unlikely to get the fluorescent lamp started, and will
definitely suffer serious damage within seconds. It could even break in
as little as 10's of seconds.
- Don Klipstein ( email@example.com)
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