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Old 11-29-2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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DIY CF lighting, is polarity an issue?

I am wiring a magnetic ballast from Hellolights.com, a small 13 watt magnetic job that came with no instructions. Is polarity an issue on these things? There is of course a white wire and a black one coming out of the socket, with a cord (no ground). The cord has a plain jacket on one side, and a raised stripe on the other, leading me to feel there may be a reason for it...
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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yes it is an issue. LEDs only go one way, they are not like normal lights. On the LED, there is a flat side I think, and I THINK it indicates negative, not sure if it was hot or not, I forgot.. lol it ryhmes
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Sorry this is compact fluorescent... 13 watt gx23 bi-pin base.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:01 PM   #4
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Doh!
My eyes are messing up today...
Saw the temps on the forecast wrong, read this topic wrong, pulled the wrong book out of my backpack..
maybe I need more sleep lol
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I would think so yes, if it were fluorescent in any way.
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Its kind of like installing a NO tube one way and then flipping it over and installing it the other way.. if you have tabs on the bulb and socket it should matter otherwise it should still work.
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Old 12-04-2006, 01:31 AM   #6
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but its a compact fluorescent. In a CF, the ballast is in the lamp, and the ballast has a special polarity I think...
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Well, what would happen if it is backwards, because right now the lamp is lit. Will it burn something out in the ballast?
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Th base should be the hot connection, and the side (screw) should be the negative.
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Thanks for all your help so far, but there is no side screw (there are staples though! HA. They look dangerous)... hopefully this says 1000 words:
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:13 PM   #10
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well, as long as you match the black wire to the hot and the white wire to the negative, you should be just fine.
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