Strobe light help

CrownVic97

Member
May 21, 2010
3,350
Hazen, ND
Okay, so I bought a cord for my 120 volt FireBall beacon I got the other day and shared here. I hooked up the light correctly, but when I plugged it in, I saw one flash and then just heard the capacitors firing. The strobe tube doesn't look like it went out and the fuse didn't go. The tube just won't flash. This is leaving me stumped. I thought it might be the cord because when I got it, it had a tag on there that said:


WARNING


RELIABLE GROUNDING CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED WHEN CONNECTED TO AN EQUIVALENT RECEPTACLE MARKED "HOSPITAL GRADE".


I don't know what to do. I hope I just didn't kill my beacon :( .


Update 12/6/06: Went to a local safety equipment dealer, found out strobe tube was bad and got replacement.
 
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CrownVic97

Member
May 21, 2010
3,350
Hazen, ND
Okay, I ran out and got a different cord, then wired it again accordingly. When I plug it in, I hear a small buzz first (charging up maybe?), then the capacitors firing. Strobe tube still doesn't go off. I really need some input on what to do. Thanks.
 

03crownvic

Member
May 8, 2010
1,033
Louisiana
I've got a 120 volt Fireball just like that one that has been working fine but it won't light up now and I suspect I need a new strobe tube too. What was the cost of your replacement tube and does your source have another one?
 

CrownVic97

Member
May 21, 2010
3,350
Hazen, ND
03crownvic said:
I've got a 120 volt Fireball just like that one that has been working fine but it won't light up now and I suspect I need a new strobe tube too. What was the cost of your replacement tube and does your source have another one?

Well, I asked how much a replacement strobe tube for this beacon was and they said it'd be $37.00 and they'd have to order it in, which would take a week to get up here. They suggested that if I didn't want to wait and save a little money, a modified Whelen HAW strobe with the female connector end installed close to the right height of the original tube would work too. I took the modified HAW route. Works good for me! If you want, I can give you the store's contact info if you want a bona fide FireBall strobe tube. I just needed mine working as soon as I could since I'm doing light and sound for my friend's wedding reception in two weeks.
 

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