The Fluke 1000FLT is a natty, time-saving device for checking fluorescent lighting. This quick and easy tester will reduce time, as well as costs, significantly, especially for those with lots of fittings to maintain. Check the lamp, ballast – and the type of ballast – together with voltage and pin continuity. It can do all of these in a touted 30s or less.
- Test lamp in-situ
- Check if ballast is faulty
- Check ballast type
- Pin continuity check
- Non-contact voltage detection
- Big bright LED screen
- Retractable test rod
- Size: 8.5″ (215mm) x 2.6″ (65mm) x 1.2″ (30mm)
- Weight: 13oz (370g)
- Light Tester AA batteries x4
- Warranty – 3 years by Fluke
- Reference guide
In-depth Review of the Fluke 1000FLT
Lamp: Checks whether the lamp is filled with gas, and can do so in-situ or standalone. The extender rod works extended or retracted for this test.
Status LEDS: green blink = good; red (or no) blink = bad.
Ballast: Checks whether the ballast (choke) is providing voltage to the lamp. Note: this test will light the filament as opposed to the entire lamp.
Status LEDS: green blink = no voltage; solid green = good.
Ballast Type: This will check if the ballast is magnetic or the more efficient electronic type through an onboard optical sensor. You need to do this when the light is on and have the sensor in-line with the fixture.
Pin: The Fluke 1000FLT default test mode, which will test for continuity.
Voltage: Fluke’s non-contact voltage ‘VoltAlert’ test will quickly show if there is any voltage present. Simply hold near the supply or ballast.
Although these tests are standard and an electrician will generally be able to tell what is wrong with a fluorescent fitting – usually with the use of a typical multimeter – having the Fluke 1000FLT to hand will save a huge amount of time if many lamps need checking.
|Ballast type checker||10ft (3m)|
|VoltAlert test||85V - 400V AC @4” (100mm) max|
|Operating temperatures||14°F to 122°F (-10°C to 50°C)|
|Lamp test output max||3000V peak|
|Ballast test||20 kHz|
|Pin continuity test||<1kΩ|
The Fluke 1000FLT is sturdily built like most Fluke products. Drop tests have been conducted to six feet and, if the rod becomes damaged, it can be replaced.
Display: No digits, just a large, blinking red and green LED.
The functions have clear buttons on a sleek interface along with a power button and volt detecting sensor on the bottom. It is self explanatory and couldn’t be simpler. Battery life is said to be around 40 hours and a low battery indicator will blink when low. An auto power-off function saves power, kicking in after 20 minutes of non-use.
Pros and Cons
- Handy tests
- Easy to use
- Quality build
- Replaceable rod probe
- More expensive than other light testers
The Fluke 1000FLT Fluorescent Light Tester would be indispensable for those tasked with light maintenance on the shop floor and in schools, hospitals or office blocks. It can make light work of discerning basic fluorescent lamp faults and ultimately saves time.
Alternatives: Amprobe and Milwaukee both manufacturer cheaper light testers.