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Re: Voltarc HiMa Electrode

Posted By: Sean S
Date: Monday, 2 February 2009, at 3:46 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Voltarc HiMa Electrode (SVP Neon Equipment)

Sorry to keep ya waiting Mark. I just got back into town. The HiMa was designed for 600mA applications and 8 feet of glass to be left on 24 / 7. The FedLite ballast was a one lamp ballast. Typically when the tubes were replaced with "off the shelf" electrodes the ballast was also changed. If the ballast wasnt changed then it would be like putting a 60mA trode on a 200mA ballast. It will work, but for how long?? The reasoning for the discontinuing of the electrode is more than I feel like typing. The hot fill was not designed to be a replacement for the HiMa.

> Thanks for the info John. So what I gather
> then is the HiMA electrodes do not function
> like the HotFil electrodes. They were
> supposed to, but didn't because the
> operating current wasn't high enough.
> Interesting. So all these years the wool has
> been being pulled over the eyes of those who
> believed they *had* to use the high-dollar
> special electrodes for certain lamps when
> they really didn't. If an off the shelf 19CL
> works, then anyone's comparable electrode
> would work just as well. I have turned away
> replacement lamp work and I suspect others
> have too because... well, never mind, don't
> get me going.

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