Radio static from fluros

Submitted: Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:28
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Hi,

Know it's been done before but can't find it with the search engine. When running my fluro I get static on the radio, I recall someone posting a fix for this, can you remember.
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:57

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:57
Post 8592 in the archives
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:44

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:44
Thanks will check it out.
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Reply By: Magnus - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:46

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:46
Hi,

I tried the solution mentioned in that post but WITHOUT buying the said fluros. Going down that road didn't work on the standard fluros I had. So rather than lay out the money for the Jay car lights at $40 or so each (or similar special noise suppresant fluro lights) I started down a different route. Firstly with Halogen and hey presto no noise but lots of heat.

Have now switched to full LED only. No fluro, no halogen.

No noise, no heat and just as much light.

Cheers

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:53

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:53
less heat means more efficiency
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:44

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:44
I've thought of LED's, a mate showed me a couple of units but I found they give more of a glow than a defined sharp light. Is this the same for all of them or are there better units available now?? If so were from and how much are they.
Thanks
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Follow Up By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:25

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:25
A Google search will yield a whole lot of info on this subject.

I sourced my lights from

Here

and

here also

but there are a whole lot of others

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:51

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:51
Thanks Magnus will check the sites out.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 13:56

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 13:56
Hi, Checked out the sites you recommed and also the cold cathodes. Pity I can't see them running in person. Can you tell me which type you use for general lighting?? Have seen the torch units running and it gave an overall glow but not good enough to read by, in fact the light seemed to make my eyes strain.
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Follow Up By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 14:43

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 14:43
No longer have the exact details but use a 3 watt Luxeon imported from the USA for general lighting cost about $50 us Plus $25 us postage if I recall rightly, making around $100 for the single light plus 2 x 60 led lights purchased here in Oz. They were priced at $90 each retail. (But are available for less)

Then I have another four 20 degree dispersion LED lights in Dichoric fittings in Jiffy boxes that cost $40 each to make. The LEDs themselves only cost $20 each from Cairns or $30 each from your local Jaycar store.

Plus some festoon LEDs also imported from the States and a wide area 24 led single pin light also imported from the states.

All up have spent close to $500 on LED lights plus about $120 on Halogen before them. Expensive to get a quiet radio.

That's what happens when you too much time on your hands.

Can't help any more than that i'm afraid.

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 15:04

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 15:04
Ouch, expensive lighting. They seem much cheaper now. Thanks for the info may try and at least get one to see whay they are like.
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Reply By: Member - Sparkie (QLD) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:33

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:33
You may be able to get a noise suppressor unit which installs in the wiring to the radio which should remove the electrical noise. I used one from an old car stereo I had and it did the trick for me. Maybe you can go to Autobarn or supercheap and they may sell them. That is what I would do.

Sparkie(IE not Y) ;-)
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:45

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:45
Thanks, if I go this way I might be able to source a second hand one as well.
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Follow Up By: hl - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:53

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:53
Hi,

That won't work. You have to kill the RF noise at the source.
Incidentally, I have had a couple of those 12V flouros go up in smoke!
One of them within the first 10 minutes of use.
LED's are getting very bright now, still a bit pricey for good ones, but definitely worth considering.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:01

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:01
Thanks hl will check out the LED's.
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Reply By: David Au - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 21:24

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 21:24
You don't fix it easily or cheaply. I would recommend you find alternative solution like LED lighting or cold cathode.
Use incandescent bulb or extension speaker.
You can get genuine interference free fluoro lights - around $200.00
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:47

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:47
Thanks David Au, will look further into the LED.
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 23:26

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 23:26
Yep - they are a bugger - we don't use ours much at all now - we have adopted the "carry a small light with you" approach, as opposed to the "flood the whole area" approach.... the new LED headlamps are the go - bright enough to read with - more than bright enough for everything else. The LED plan may not be good with kids running around of course.... we don't have that problem at present. The Piranha fluoro and the gas lantern are taken but see little use overall.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 09:48
Thanks Banjo, will have to look further into the LED's. So kids for us either, thank goodness!
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:06

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:06
Turn off the radio.
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Follow Up By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:29

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:29
Just use the CD player. Fluros don't give them any problems at all. Or the DVD player for that matter. Watch a movie instead.

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:53

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 10:53
Don't use the radio much when camping only if we want to check out the news but mainly only to find out what the weather is doing. Don't really even find the need to play music etc.
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Reply By: Wok - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 12:54

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 12:54
Austravel,

If you are using AM radio, [hl] is spot on, filtering the DC line won't help, the noise is been picked up by your car antenna from the radiating fluro. Selecting a 'suppressed' unit is the way [if you wan't fluro light]. This problem also occurs with some switchmode power supplies.

The other alternative is to get a portable AM radio, then you can rotate the radio for minimum noise....downside is the range is generally not as good as the car units.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 13:54
Thanks Wok, only reason for using fluro lighting is I can buy them for about $7 and I do like the type of light. Maybe if I find I'm running short of power I might need to look at the LED's. May just have to buy a good quality portable radio as you suggest, recall a mate buying one just before he headed around Aus.
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