Finally, I put all the parts together and would like you to review it before I plug it in.
Here are the component parts:
- Bergen Industries Inc PS915143 3-Wire Appliance and Power Tool Cord
- Fulham WH43-UNV-L
- TUV 55W PLL
- Shunted socket
Here is the schema I wanted to use between ballast and socket:
And here are the photos of all other parts:
In future I would cover the ballast and wires by some plastic box just for safety reasons.
Few questions below:
I have a Philips 55W twin tube lamp (Philips recommends ballast with programmed start type).
My current ballast WH-43 has instant start type. From fulham’s documentation it is OK to use this type of ballast with Philips 55W lamp. I read that using instant start type only affects lamp's lifetime.
- But the question is: does it have any other side effects? (safety or any other)
How dangerous it might be to touch the ballast while it is plugged in? (I am not going to touch it anyway, under no circumstances. Just out of curiosity)
Is that safe to plug it in without lamp in the socket?
Connection & wires:
- Is ground wire connected properly?
How safe would be wood base in normal mode?
How safe would be wood base during short circuit? (Is that possible that the base would catch a fire)?
What is the proper material for base in such a project?
Any other advice?
Thank you all for your help!
Final result, click to enlarge.