Fluorescent Shoplight Capacitor: Wow!

You just can’t make this stuff up:

Fluorescent Shoplights - nasty cap termination

Fluorescent Shoplights – nasty cap termination

That shredded plastic can’t possibly be a Good Thing; the endcap contained plenty of loose shreds.

Perhaps I’m overly critical, but I think the only way these fixtures could have a UL approval certificate was that somebody else didn’t notice their certificate went missing. Most likely, of course, the fixtures sent for approval looked lovely and bore no relation to the junk actually sold to Lowe’s / Home Depot.

That emerged from the fourth defunct fluorescent fixture I converted to use LED tubes.


  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-03-12 - 07:41

    Heh, yeah, I’m sure this one was just a fluke ;-) Sort of like ISO 9001 … it can in fact be junk but as long as you are consistent and make your “payments”, you’re in the club. I wish these certifications actually meant as much as they used to, or at least are supposed to. Now it seems that are just money making ventures for outside firms like any other.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-03-12 - 09:15

      Just a guess, but the folks who put that lamp together aren’t members of the ISO club, nor, unfortunately, of the one that says you should take pride in your work. So it goes …

    • #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-03-12 - 10:53

      meant as much as they used to

      We started with ISO 900x when it came out, and I had a sense it was a lot of “quality theater”. FWIW, China had the most ISO 9001 certificates (by a factor of 2 over country #2 [Italy] in 2010 according to Wikipedia). The point they were making to us (skeptical engineers) was that we needed the cert to sell to European customers.

      It’s been a while, but my recollection was that if you could prove that you were following the specs/procedure, it didn’t matter whether the procedure actually made any sense.

      Still, I’m happy with my midrange shop lights. No visible funny capacitors and the ballast is in a decent case.