What is a Philips starter? And how does it work?
A Philips starter is a small ignition module needed for lighting fluorescent tubes and certain CFL bulbs that use a conventional ballast (EM).
How does a Philips starter work? As soon as you turn on the light switch of your fluorescent fixture, the starter signals the fluorescent or CFL bulb to light up (ignition). The starter also ensures that your fluorescent tubes have up to 25% longer life.
Which Philips starter do I need?
Which starter you need depends on the wattage of your fluorescent lamp and the type of fluorescent lamp you have. Philips offers two variants: the Ecoclick starter and the Safety & Comfort starter. The following table shows the differences between the two:
|Ecoclick||Safety & Comfort|
|Suitable for||T8 (TL-D), T12, TL mini & PL-L.||T8 (TL-D), T12, TL mini, PL-S & PL-L.|
|How much watt?||4 - 22W (S2), 4 - 65W (S10) & 70 - 125W (S16).||18 - 22W (S2E) & 18 - 75W (S10E).|
|Features of the starter||Free from lead and radioactivity.||Free from lead and radioactivity.|
|Easy installation without tools.||Easy installation and no flickering at start-up.|
|10,000 times safe shifting.||100,000-fold safe switching and safety monitoring; defective or burnt-out bulbs are automatically switched off.|
When do I need to replace my starter?
Philips recommends replacing Ecoclick starters as soon as you replace your worn-out fluorescent lamp. This is not immediately necessary with the Safety & Comfort starters - these actually last 10 times longer than the Ecoclick in terms of the number of safe switching operations. You can also replace your Philips starter in between. In this case, however, you should bear in mind that a defective starter will automatically switch off your lighting. This does not mean that your fluorescent lamp is defective or has reached the end of its life.
Is my Philips starter also compatible with LEDs?
No, that is not possible. LED bulbs that work with a conventional ballast require a special LED starter. This is due to the differences in lighting technology. LED fixtures that are still connected to a conventional fluorescent lamp starter will flicker or not work properly. Here you can view and/or order all LED starters.