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Original Publication Date: 1982-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


Figures 1 and 2 disclose a power supply circuit, in schematic form, which operates a fluorescent lamp in a pulsed DC mode. In Figure I, a control signal is applied to the circuit, turning on transistor 10 and generating an increasing current level in inductor 12. The control signal is reduced when a predetermined current level in the inductor is achieved. A voltage spike is then generated at the collector of transistor 10 due to the stored energy in the inductor 12 magnetic field. The circuit components are designed to create a spike of about 300 volts, sufficient to initiate operation of fluorescent lamp 14. Current through the lamp returns to the inductor through free-wheeling diode 16. Once lamp 16 is turned on, it can be kept in conduction if transistor 10 is switched on and off rapidly enough. Controlling the ratio of the on/off time of transistor 10 will determine the power delivered to lamp 16, and by monitoring either the current through the transistor or the lamp output, a feedback signal can be generated to control the lamp current or the light output.