Fluorescent lights have a capacitor in them to bring up the power factor onto the real axis because household meters can only registers power projected onto the real axis.
The data sheet tells the Holding Current - IH - 44 50 mA, that states you must have at least a 50mA load to keep it on.
Wow! That is new!Whatever happened to the good old fashioned Ferraris/ Bláthy meter which automatically compensated for the power factor? I thought that was the standard - at least in my lifetime here.(Apparently things must be different in England. )
Fluorescent lights have a capacitor in them to bring up the power factor onto the real axis because household meters can only registers power projected onto the real axis. If you remove the capacitor then you get two things:-1) you run the light for free.2) you break the law because it is an offence to do this.
Interesting, power factor capacitors here in Australia were only needed in industrial installations.
Mechanical meters are useless for future requirements such as supporting load-shifting where thecost varies across the day, and have all gone now I think (certainly they were due to be replaced by 2020)
certainly they were due to be replaced by 2020
You need to know by how much you need to bring this power factor down by. You then take the vector addition of the power factor of the two loads to find the final power factor of combining two loads.
I did saySo there is no way to know if a 0.1uF capacitor or a 100uF capacitor is needed for your circuit. Too much capacitance and you could just move the power factor the other way and it still wouldn't work. Too little and you do not shift it enough and so it still wouldn't work.Can you measure the inductance of your motor?
I don't think I'd have any way to measure inductance with my Basic Fluke meter.
You suggested 100uF.
The old mechanical meters were subject to a lot of fraud as sticking a big magnet on them slows themdown.
and have all gone now I think (certainly they were due to be replaced by 2020)
Don't get me wrong, the old style electro-mechanical meter was a miracle of technology, its just thatit was essentially Victorian(*) technology and doesn't meet today's requirements.(*) slight exaggeration, but not far from the truth.