This is a brand new Philips MasterColor 315w CMH lamp. Has anyone had a new lamp do this?
never seen it or heard of it.
Never a phillips bulb. What happened to last bulb that this was to replace? Asking because I’m wondering if maybe you have a ballast or connection issue?
i knew you would know it lol
This is a brand new fixture and brand new bulb. Would this happen if the N and L wires were reversed? This is a 220v fixture.
There is no neutral on typical 220v circuit, should be 2 “hot” wires.
I bought an adapter to go from my NEMA 14-50 outlet to three 220v 6-15 outlets which the light plugs into. So, I guess I have L1 L2 and G and it shouldn’t make any difference if the two former wires are reversed.
I don’t know whether I should try another lamp in the same fixture or swap the fixture too.
If you have multiple i would definitely try the bulb in another lamp. A bad bulb isn’t going to hurt the ballast.
Having 220v system and looking at your bulb makes me lean more towards a loose wire or something. The bulb appears to be partially lit, which means circuit is complete. Maybe just in an under-voltage condition not completely firing bulb?
Hmm… the sockets in the adapter do seem a bit loose.
I think it’s worth taking a look. Power down of course, and make sure there is significant cooling time prior to firing again. But i would check that bulb is seated all the way, socket terminations are solid, ballast connections, cord, plug, yada yada.
All connections are quite snug except the adapter receptacle. The lamp is well seated. I’ll see what I can do with that adapter.
I don’t know how these bulbs are engineered. Should there be an open gap where the red arrow is pointing? There’s a substantial plasma arc there. Adjusting the plug-receptacle union didn’t help.
I’m going to pull the bulb for a closer look. I think there may be a bad internal connection.
The bulb is bad. The components are rattling around loose. That sucks because I bought it about five years ago so it’s out of warranty, I’m sure.
Is there anything a ballast could do to damage a bulb like this?
I’m not familiar enough with this ballast to say, but i don’t think it’s all that common.
I’ll try another bulb. If it disintegrates also then I’ll keep searching for the problem. Darned expensive, this could get.
Ya, kinda feels like a cheap bulb would be nice to have around.
I’ll keep that in mind if I ever replace a really old bulb that’s still working…
She started right up this time and is shining like a brilliant diamond. I wish I could get a replacement for the defective bulb but chances of that are dim.
I wonder if Philips would replace it. The defect is probably fairly obvious to those who know how to diagnose such things.
They’re a big company, im not even sure how to go about it. But always worth a shot.