In an effort to significantly reduce the time required for maintaining fluorescent lighting in a building, and enable the quicker identification of potential problems, Fluke has developed the multifunctional Fluke 1000FLT Fluorescent Light Tester.
Specifically designed for building maintenance professionals, it is an all-in-one fluorescent lamp tester, ballast tester, non-contact voltage tester, pin continuity tester and ballast-type discriminator.
In commercial, retail or institutional facilities, where there are hundreds or even thousands of fluorescent tubes that have to be routinely checked and maintained, this can take up a lot of time. If a light is not working, the first step is usually to replace the tube. But if it still doesn’t light, the technician either has to try another bulb or start looking for another cause for the problem.
The 1000FLT removes this trial and error, by enabling all of the following measurements:
• Lamp test: Allows testing without removing the tube from the ballast. The tester sends a pulse of energy that lights up the tube if there is gas in it. It is compatible with T5, T8 and T12 fluorescent tubes.
• Ballast test: Determines whether the ballast is working.
• Non-contact voltage test: Checks for the presence of voltage without touching the source.
• Pin continuity test: Tests whether filaments in the tube have continuity.
• Ballast-type discriminator: The 1000FLT is the first multi-function tester to include this feature, allowing technicians to easily identify whether the ballast is electronic or magnetic without taking the fixture apart or even climbing a ladder. The tester is aimed at the ballast from the ground and it immediately identifies if the tube is the old-style, power-hungry magnetic ballast, for maintenance or replacement.
In addition, the 1000FLT’s user interface was designed to be as simple with all tests, delivering instant results. The ballast, voltage and pin continuity tests indicate results with either a “Go” or “No go” indicator light. The ballast-type discriminator lights up either the “magnetic” or “electronic” LED on the face of the tester, while the lamp test result is determined by the user if the tube lights up or not.
Users can run all five tests on the 1000FLT in about 30 seconds, so if one has hundreds of fluorescent lights to maintain, this tool can save hours of testing time every week.
The Comtest Group
Tel: 010 595 1821
Caption: Red indicates “no go”.
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