Simmering Current

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Low current maintained in an electric lamp (of incandescence or discharge type) when not required to emit light, usually in order to reduce the time taken to reach full light output after the normal supply current is fed to the lamp.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM