15 years ago
My friend's father works in an old factory where the electricity is 480
volts stepped down to 120 for the lights. At times the voltage can increase
or decrease due to heavy equipment within the building turning on and off.
It's believed these spikes (and decreases) have contributed to the large
number of blown bulbs (the long factory type light bulbs).
My question is: is there a device that can be placed onto the light bulb
line that will reduce these fluctuations? Say something that would hold the
voltage at 120 during spikes and supply voltage during lower voltages to
reduce the number of bulbs blowing? Also, there are balaces (spelling?) in
these fixtures, so any componenent can't interfere with the balace.
Any discussions would be appreciated. Especially if anyone has theory input
to this problem since it involves many ways to possibly fix the problem.
I'd assume a capacitor will fix the decreased voltages and some sort of
regular to reduce spikes, but would one decide an adequete device and have
it cost effective? A store bought device would be the best solution, so if
anyone knows of one, please let me know.
Thanks in advance!