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humidity and fluorescent lights failure

humidity and fluorescent lights failure

When the humidity is high (and when isn't it in West Virginia?) my fluorescent lights fail to come on. They will try and will be on sort of, and after a long time they may actually work. This isn't a problem during the winter when the house is dry, or when the A/C is on.
Note: the lights have quick-start ballasts.
My question: is a component weak or is this the nature of humidity and fluorescent?

RE: humidity and fluorescent lights failure

considering that fluorescent lights are vacuum tight, I'd find it hard to argue that humidity can affect the tube itself.  

However, if you consider what a starter must do, which is to create a high voltage that's used to kickstart the ionization process within the tube, you can imagine that high humidity/moisture would cause leakage or discharging of high voltage nodes, thus lessening the voltage available for starting up a tube.

After a while, the power dissipated in the leakage path will have dried out the moisture and reduced the leakage, thus allowing the tube to start up.


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