Kindly help me make one issue devoted to------ CFL Ballast Circuits----viz. circuits to drive a 5/7/9 / 11W....upto 18 watts CFL from a 6 volts / 12v DC battery, or Solar Panel,(or 220 volts AC Mains) Believe me, this is a crying need ,of the day, all over.
The market is flooded with poor Lanterns, that work for 2 to 4 months then they can't be repaired even. Some makes are either high-cost/high Quality, or low cost - low quality. Custom Ballast ICs coming nowadays are no use, because they are obsolete in 4 to 6 to 12 months..
Also, the circuit must have a (SMPS) power supply too, with overcharging * under voltage cutoff, as the CFL goes black, on being switched at low voltage.
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A simple inverter for florescent lamps
This inverter is very easy to construct, reliable, and even powerful enough to light up a 15W florescent tube (if you cool your transistor well). The only hard-to-find piece of this baby is the so-called yellow inverter transformer
Oh no! Not Another CFL Inverter
This one’s a beauty. It will drive multiple CFLs without the need for heatsinks on the MOSFETs. Fit heatsinks and you can run even more, up to a total of 100W.
I can design with some SMPS type chips. Overcharging is only in Emergency Light Lamps. CFL's do not have this as they work on 230V. Make a more detailed specification. Then I can think more about it.
the problem is NOT that simple.............. problem is to RUN a CFL bulb, from a 6v/12v DC battery. Again, the problems are-----
1)Efficiency, of energy utilization, in the battery
2)Without using Custom LSIs(which go obsolete Unavailable in 6/12 months time and are replaced constantly ,by ever more sophisticated costlier models
3)Blackening of the ends of CFL, near electrodes
4)LIFE of CFL(supposedly--12000hours for European CFLs;8000hours for Advts;5000hours maybe ,reallife...
5)Simple Circuit, which can be easily repaired in the field, by non-technical people in village/small towns.
6)Low Cost--so, even the poorest person can buy use it
7)Fast Charging , of the Battery(out of 24 hours--likely to be used for 4/6/or 8 hours .So, it has to be charged in the balance of 24 hours...
8)Low Battery High Battery Cut-off; to prevent damage to battery CFL
9)Compliance with the Basic Ignition Data, furnished by CFL manufacturers.These are like----filament voltage,Ignition Voltage, Current etc
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