Accession Number : ADD018394

Title :   Automatic Alarm for Fluorescent Blinking.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 9 Jun 95, patented 25 Mar 97,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Fleck, Charles J , Sr ; Bohinski, Robert A

Report Date : 25 Mar 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Alarming mechanism, sounding and/or flashing, which signals fluorescent lamp malfunctioning as visibly manifested by flickering. The alarming mechanism according to this invention electrically engages the starter mechanism of a fluorescent lamp and is responsive to current change associated with abnormal flickering. Timely corrective action which is prompted by the alarm may avoid or mitigate one or more deleterious effects of such malfunctioning, energy waste, lamp damage, fire hazard and electronic interference. For many embodiments the alarming mechanism and the starter mechanism are advantageously coupled as a single structural unit.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *ARC LAMPS, *FLICKER, FLUORESCENCE, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, ILLUMINATION, LIGHT PULSES, MALFUNCTIONS, ENERGY CONSERVATION, EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS, VISUAL SIGNALS, CIRCUIT BREAKERS, FIRE HAZARDS

Subject Categories : Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE