Milwaukee Fluorescent Light Bulb Tester 2210-20
The Milwaukee fluorescent light bulb tester 2210-20 is a popular model used in many places around the world. It was developed by the American company Milburn Corporation in 1963. Its main purpose is to test fluorescent bulbs for safety and quality control purposes. The manufacturer claims that it can detect any defect or problem with any type of fluorescent light bulb (including incandescent).
The tester is equipped with two different types of lamps: one for testing the color temperature of the light source and another for measuring the intensity of the light.
The tester’s LCD screen displays a series of numbers corresponding to various parameters such as luminous flux, lumens per watt, color temperature, and so forth. These values are compared against a standard set by industry standards. If the comparison indicates that there is a problem with the light source, then a warning message appears on the screen.
In addition to its use in testing fluorescent lights, the 2210-20 has been found useful in other areas of lighting technology. For example, it has been used in testing electric motors and generators. It can also be used to measure ambient temperature and humidity levels.
A common defect of this tester is that the connecting pins between the tester itself and the light bulb to be tested may wear out over time. If this occurs then the operator should immediately contact their supervisor.
The following is a basic description of how to use the 2210-20:
Attach one lead from the tester to the corresponding lead on the light bulb (this may be either the power in or lampholder lead). Then, connect the other lead to the corresponding socket on the tester.
When testing a fluorescent light bulb, it is important that the bulb be powered off (or disconnected from its power source). Then, turn the intensity knob counter-clockwise until the number 5 on the knob face aligns with the mark on the face of the tester. Then, read the value displayed in the LCD screen. If it is within spec then you’re good to go.
If not, then the light bulb may need to be replaced.
The following are the specific steps to carry out a temperature test:
Set the tester to intensity setting 5 as described in the previous section. Turn the temperature knob clockwise until the rightmost mark aligns with the right-hand digit in the temperature display (the first digit is for tens and the second is for ones). Press the button. The display should change from temp 00.0 to temp 01.0.
Wait two minutes and then read the temperature. It should match the ambient temperature in the room.
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