What is a starter?


A starter, together with a conventional ballast, is part of a fixture where a fluorescent tube is placed. With an electronic ballast, no starter is required.



Which starter do I need?







Philips S2 starter


  • Suitable for 1 tube from 4 up to 22W
  • Suitable for 1 tube from 4-6-8-15-22W
  • Suitable for 2 tubes from 4 up to 22W
  • The S2 starter is suitable for a fixture that is using two lights but only one ballast
  • See Philips S2 starter




Philips S10 starter


  • Suitable for 1 tube from 4 up to 65W
  • The S10 starter is suitable for a fixture that is using one light and one ballast
  • See Philips S10 starter


Philips S16 starter










Benefits of a Philips starter


  • Fast easy installation
  • Extend the life of a fluorescent tube by 25%
  • Environmentally friendly (free of radioactive substances and lead)
  • Flame retardant components and UV-resistant sleeve for extra safety and reliable ignition


Starters and LED tubes


If a starter is used in the current fixture with a conventional fluorescent tube then the starter must be replaced with a LED starter. Our LED tubes for fixtures with a conventional ballast are supplied standard with a LED starter. The installation is simple and can be found here:

How to install an LED Tube in an existing installation?