Transient Symptoms - Lighting Systems

On incandescent lighting systems, transient activity will cause the filament to fail. The bulb simply pops.

On standard fluorescent systems, spikes have two effects. First, the ballast may fail due to component damage inside. Second, if the spike is slow enough to be boosted by the internal transformer (which may be the component that fails), the peak voltage causes to fluorescent tube to fail. This is typically seen as a momentary brightness in the tube, followed by lamp failure.