Compact florescent lights (CFL) are becoming increasingly popular with people who want to save a little money on their power bills. When a CFL goes out, it is not down for the count; the circuit module in the CFL is still usable. Follow these steps to remove and utilize a CFL circuit module.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead screwdriver
- Hot glue gun
- 18 to 20 watt florescent lamp terminal blocks
Begin the process. There is a seam where the CFL can by pried apart. This seam may be securely fitted, glued or even welded in place. Sometimes you may be able to use a flathead screwdriver to separate this, but it is easier to use a hacksaw and cut the bulb slightly.
Separate the bulb parts. Now that you have a small cut in the bulb, use the flathead screwdriver to separate as needed. When the seam is weak enough, twist the two parts apart.
Remove the circuit module.
Look at the picture above and you will see wires coming from the CFL circuit module. The wires to the left go to your power supply; the two pairs of wires on the right are your positive and negative wires.
Connect module to an 18 to 20 watt florescent lamp. Be sure to use an insulated plate (such as Plexiglas) and attach the circuit module to it (possibly with a hot glue gun).
Connect wires to the power source and the negative and positive poles using terminal blocks as midway points (if needed).
Tips & Warnings
- Do this only if you have experience working with electrical or electronic equipment. Do not break the tube; it contains phosphorous and mercury, which are toxic.
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