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Old 02-11-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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Gday im from australia and just wired x4 fluro lights up i have them wired so i can switch off the left side of the garage and leave the right side on or the other way around via a switch all works but when i turn the lights all off The globes flicker like there is still power in them ?

i wired Left Side of Garage

Green/yellow to Green/yellow
Red To Red
Black to Black

Then off a Seperate Wire The Wires Colour Changed

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Red To Brown Wich is Marked A=Active
Black To Blue wich is Marked N=Negative
Green/yellow To Ground

So i would relly love to no why this Has Happen And where i have gone wrong Cheers!

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Old 02-11-2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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I'm not totally boned up on aussie colour codes, but if I remember right, it follows UK. If that is the case then your blue should be your neutral, or 'earthed conductor." What's throwing me is the number of wires. It sounds like you have a dimmable ballast. These types need three wires in order to do their thing. If that is the case, then the application you described won't work, but if you get a flouescent dimmer, then you can have mood lighting in your garage!

If you want to know for sure, take a look at the ballast inside the fixture and it should give you some indication that it is or isn't a dimmable.

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Old 02-12-2008, 12:21 AM   #3
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Goose.,,

The aussie electrical colour codes is parallel with the UK system expect the repectales it somehow differnt kinda cross between our and European verison.

the old red is hot conductor so it will match to brown as hot conductor while black [ UK system ] will match with bleu conductor.

but becarefull with UK loops they are tricky with colour black/ bleu netual [ common ] brown hot , grey switching hot conductor

if i recall that correct colour used on UK.

[ i am used to French colour codes but i will leave it out for now ]

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Hsvplayboy;

I just got ahold of my frenid from down under he is near your area anyway what he suggest that you run the luminaire [ fitting { aussie terms }] for a hour or so so the lamps can get breakin becuause of phoister [ white coating inside the tube ] get setup once after a hour the afterglow will be disappair.

as far for wiring connections you are fine Mate

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Thanks Marc,
I'd forgotten I was registered here.
Yeah, to the OP, it sounds like you have all the wiring connected correctly, this catches a LOT of people out that install new fluorescent lights.
What happens when you first switch on, is that the mercury in the tubes mix with the gas inside the tubes, now this can be seen as a swirling effect for say the first few minutes from start-up.
You need to run the lamps at full brightness for a while to let all the things inside the tubes mix properly.

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Just Wanna Say Thanks guys All is Well Again And Working perfectly

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