Single-phase capacitors in self-healing metalized polypropylene for discharge lamps with plastic case Type A

The so-called fluorescent lamps, or discharge lamps require a ballast, which keeps the current of the electric arc constant, according to the pre-set value. The ballast, being an inductive load, causes an increase of the reactive current with a strong reduction of the power factor, with values even lower than cosφ 0,5. To bring the power factor back within the cosφ 0,9 limits, as stated by the law, it is necessary to connect a suitable capacitor to the feeding circuit. Safety MECO capacitors shown in this catalogue have been tested according to IMQ-ENEC. Capacitors in metalized self-healing plastic film are widely used and therefore great attention must be paid to safety. Inefficient operations may have unforeseeable consequences and the reason for any faults may not be identified, especially when the capacitors are used to improve the power factor of fluorescent lamps. For this reason the EN 61048 standards (the first standards in the field of capacitors, integrated at an European level) require that capacitors produced for this purpose undergo a special destruction test with the aim of checking that they are sufficiently resistant to destructive faults.

Caratteristiche tecniche   
Technical details
Tolleranza capacità±10% CM, CMI2
Capacitance tolerance±5% CM4
Tensione nominale250 Vac CM, CMI2
Rated voltage450 Vac CM4
Frequenza nominale50/60 Hz
Rated frequency
Angolo di perditatan∂ ≤20 • 10-4 (Vn - 50 Hz)
Loss angle
Temperatura di lavoro-25°C +85°C
Operating temperature
Categoria climatica25/85/21
Climatic category
Tensione di provaCM, CM2: tra le armature: 500 Vac x 2”
CM4: tra le armature: 900 Vac x 2”
verso Massa: 2000 Vac x 2”
Test voltageCM, CM2: between terminals: 500 Vac x 2”
CM4: between terminals: 900 Vac x 2”
between terminals and case: 2000 Vac x 2”
Resistenza isolamento104 MΩ • μF
Insulation resistance
Norma di riferimentoEN61048 - EN61049 - AMDT1 - AMDT2
Reference standard
OmologazioniIMQ - ENEC
Grado di protezioneIP00
Protection degree
Resistenza di scaricaInterna
Discharge resistorIncluded
Sistemi di sicurezzaCMI2: fusibile termico
Safety devicesCMI2: thermal fuse


Improper use of the capacitor such as, for example, applications that involve exceeding the capacities and/or characteristics reported on a given capacitor, it can cause an irreversible breakdown and/or breakage that can occur with the explosion of capacitor or with a deterioration such as to manifest loss of capacity, increase of power factor and permanent circuit interruption. MECO S.r.l. declines any responsibility for damage to the condenser, to persons or things deriving from improper or incorrect use of their products.
RoHS Directive MECO capacitors are in line with the European directive 2002/95 / EC already known as RoHS directive.