Design of an adaptive preheating time electronic starter for Dimmable Magnetic Ballast System

Liang Rui Chen, Chuan Sheng Liu

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Based on the environmental consideration, a novel central dimming system with magnetic ballast driven lighting system, called Dimmable Magnetic Ballast System (DMBS), was presented to replace the electronic ballast driven lighting system. To make the DMBS work in a wide rang input voltage for dimming, a cost competitive circuit of an adaptive preheating time fluorescent lamp electronic starter is proposed in this paper. In order to analyze the proposed electronic starter, circuit topologies in each working state are derived. A prototype for 20W fluorescent lamps is also designed and implemented to access the performance. Experimental results show that features of a single-pulse ignition, adaptive preheating time, fast reset and lower voltage working ability can be achieved to meet the requirements of DMBS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1330-1335
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Review of Electrical Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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