He, He! - poor little 110V mains people!audioguru said:My fluorescent tubes have never used a starter. I turn on the power, the inductive ballast heats the filaments at each end continuously and they light.
They fail to light when a filament is burned out but the tube is usually black at the ends when that occurs.
The filaments are what fails and they waste a lot of power.
On 230V mains the starter briefly activates the heaters, then once the tube is lit they turn off - heater failure is a VERY rare occurance (I'm not even sure if I can remember seeing one or not?), and I repair quite a lot of flourescent light fittings.3v0 said:In the US and perhaps Canada (not sure) you only see starters in very cheap fixtures or aquarium hoods. I am not sure how long this has been the case but I am thinking 20 or 30 years.