otl luminaire 4x39w into 3x39w

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by naz, 3 Oct 2009.

  1. naz

    naz Member

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    hi..looking to run my otl luminaire with 3 of the bulbs,but its only got 2 switches on it ,to run 2 bulbs, or to run 4 bulbs,so iv got a problem,u would think they would of fort of this when thay designed it :twisted: and for the money it costs it wasent cheap :twisted: has anyone wired it up to run 3 bulbs... any idear would be greatful :D
     
  2. billy boy

    billy boy Member

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    Why cant you run it on the 4 bulb setting but take a bulb out, Leaving you with 3 :idea:
     
  3. naz

    naz Member

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    hi billy...if you take the 1 of the bulbs out ,2 of the bulbs dont work thay must be on the same circuit 8)
     
  4. naz

    naz Member

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    only thing iv thought of doing is shading 1 of the bulbs may be :crazy:
     
  5. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Have you actually tried this? I dont have Arcadia luminarys but both my cheapo german ones run quite happily with a tube missing.

    Sam :)
     
  6. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    not all arcadias have the ability of running with a tube missing.

    the 4 24w t5 can, and my 4 x 54 wont
     
  7. naz

    naz Member

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    real pain :?
     
  8. Mortis

    Mortis Member

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    Its probably cos the bulbs are set up to run serially so if one of them is taken out, the circuit isnt completed. Instead of three tubes, you could try 2 x HO T5s instead.
     

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