Reliable ignition under any condition
Whether in industry or in sports- or shop lighting, high intensity discharge lamps are ignited safely and reliably since 1967 with the ignitors BAG electronics. With more than 40 years experience in the development and production of ignitors the range of BAG igniter ensures always reliable lamp ignition gentle, guaranteeing always good lighting.
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Ignition pulses the use of ballasts
To ignite a high-pressure discharge lamp it is necessary to provide the lamp with a defined ignition voltage to ionise the discharge path. The level of the ignition voltage required depends on the type of lamp used.
High-pressure mercury vapour lamps (HM) need no more than mains voltage, but high-pressure sodium vapour (HS) and metal halide lamps (HI) usually need much higher voltage impulses to be superimposed to the lamps’ open circuit voltage, and this voltage impulse is generated by the use of igniters.
The crucial points in the successful ignition of a lamp are the peak value and the width, number and phase position of the ignition impulses. The ignition voltages of normal high-pressure discharge lamps lie in the range between 1 kV and 5 kV.
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