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12VDC Fluorescent Lamp Driver

12VDC Fluorescent Lamp Driver

A number of people have been unable to find the transformer needed for the Black Light project, so I looked around to see if I could find a fluorescent lamp driver that does not require any special components. I finally found one in Electronics Now. Here it is. It uses a normal 120 to 6V stepdown transformer in reverse to step 12V to about 350V to drive a lamp without the need to warm the filaments.

Parts:

C1 - 100uf 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C2,C3 - 0.01uf 25V Ceramic Disc Capacitor
C4 - 0.01uf 1KV Ceramic Disc Capacitor
R1 - 1K 1/4W Resistor
R2 - 2.7K 1/4W Resistor
Q1 - IRF510 MOSFET
U1 - TLC555 Timer IC
T1 - 6V 300mA Transformer
LAMP - 4W Fluorescent Lamp
MISC - Board, Wire, Heatsink For Q1

source: http://www.aaroncake.net/

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