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Topic Title: Funny Smell?
Topic Summary: Low energy mercury Lamps
Created On: 03 December 2009 09:17 PM
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 03 December 2009 09:17 PM
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I have just replaced a faulty 25 watt low energy lamps (it died a sudden death taking out the circuit breaker whilst I was having a bath).

Within a few minute of powering the replacement lamp an interesting smell began filling the room.
The smell was reminiscent of disinfectant / antiseptic as you might find in a medical room.

I am very concerned on this as I have already suffered from Heavy Metal poisoning.

I have since changed that lamp only to get the same result from another of the same batch.

Anyone out there have any knowledge concerning the possibility of mercury leakage from these lamps or indeed, any other explanation for the strange smell emanating from them?
 04 December 2009 09:13 AM
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It's unlikely to be mercury leaking out. If there was a hole in the fluorescent tube, then it wouldn't work.

It's more likely to be some component on the electronic ballast getting hot, and the coating on that component giving off the smell.

S P Barker BSc PhD MIET

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