Starter assembly for a gas discharge lamp

  • US 6,806,649 B2
  • Filed: 02/18/2003
  • Issued: 10/19/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/19/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A starter assembly for a gas discharge lamp comprising at least two electrodes, the starter assembly comprising:

  • a normally open magnetic switch connected in series between the at least two electrodes of the gas discharge lamp an electromagnet operable to close the normally open magnetic switch;

    a programmable microprocessor operable to control the operation of the electromagnet;

    wherein the microprocessor is programmed to operate the electromagnet for a first predetermined length of time, thereby closing the magnetic switch for a first predetermined length of time.

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