Electrical Power & Protection


Five lighting tests in 30 seconds

August 2015 Electrical Power & Protection

Building maintenance technicians for commercial, retail or institutional facilities with fluorescent lighting have hundreds, if not thousands of fluorescent tubes that have to be routinely checked and maintained. Even though these may last for tens of thousands of hours, they do ultimately fail, some prematurely, and some stop working because of other problems with the installation ballast.

Fluke has now developed a tool that takes the trial and error – and a significant amount of time – out of maintaining fluorescent lighting. The result is the Fluke 1000FLT fluorescent light tester, specifically designed for building maintenance professionals. It is an all-in-one fluorescent lamp tester, ballast tester, non-contact voltage tester, pin continuity tester and ballast-type discriminator. This device takes care of all the essential lighting tests, saving time, tool bag space and trips up and down ladders. The 1000FLT is able to make the following measurements:

Lamp test: Allows testing without removing the tube from the ballast. The tester sends a pulse of energy that lights up the tube if there is gas in it. The 1000FLT is compatible with T5, T8, and T12 fluorescent tubes.

Ballast test: Determines whether the ballast is working.

Non-contact voltage test: Checks for the presence of voltage without touching the source.

Pin continuity test: Tests whether filaments in the tube have continuity.

Ballast-type discriminator: Allows technicians to identify easily whether the ballast is electronic or magnetic without taking the fixture apart or climbing a ladder. The tester is aimed at the ballast from the ground and immediately identifies if the tube needs maintenance or replacement.

The user interface was designed to be as simple as possible, with all tests delivering instant results. The ballast, voltage and pin continuity tests indicate results with either Go or No Go indicator lights. The ballast-type discriminator lights up either the magnetic or electronic LED on the face of the tester, while the lamp test result is determined by the user. Users can run all five tests on the 1000FLT in about 30 seconds, so if there are hundreds of fluorescent lights to maintain it can save hours of testing time every week.

For more information contact Comtest Group, +27 (0)10 595 1821, sales@comtest.co.za, www.comtest.co.za



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