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Powering 64w fluorescent shop light with MSW inverter

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  • Powering 64w fluorescent shop light with MSW inverter

    Sorry to ask something that probably has been asked alot.
    Conflicting info on web. I have powered them already, seemingly with out issue. Am I damaging the fixtures or inverter?

  • #2
    It depends on the inverter. Some of the MSW type will work just fine with a fluorescent shop light.

    Usually any motor or electronics will not work on a MSW because they require a Pure Sine Wave signal but the ballast in a fluorescent fixture should not be a problem.

    If it was the shop light will suffer and not necessarily the inverter.


    • #3
      The ballast in the shop light may be running hot, if it's a magnetic ballast. If an electronic ballast, likely OK
      Do you hear a hum or buzz from the fixture ?
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      • #4
        They are electronic ballast, no buzzing, cheap, only $13. One side has gone dim, or dead, on a couple of them past 3 years. Made me wonder if power source was issue, because reading, some talk MSW no match. Only used 16 hours a day, vegetable seed starting, 2.5 months. Lasting 3 years. They have been treated roughly, while learning to adjust height, distance. Have learned to be more careful.
        72 peppers already under lights, 100 tomato, 70 cabbage, 10 more hot peppers germinating. 400 onions in the ground.