Schematic DIY KitFluorescent Dimmer Energy saving dimming
In principle, fluorescent lights are dimming heavier than normal incandescent lamps, which are usually dimmed with phase angle control. Nota Bene: fluorescent and neon tubes is not meant here!
Since fluorescent tubes must be ignited by special starter (thermal emission generates free electrons), an LS-Dimmer facts bear this statement. There are also special fluorescent tubes with ignition strip or Zuendstrumpf, a fine copper mesh, which is pushed over the tube.
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Dimming of fluorescent lamps / fluorescent tubes

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