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My kitchen fluorescent lights have dimmed down to the point where we can barely see that there’s electricity even getting to them…
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Question: My kitchen lights have dimmed down to the point where we can barely see that there’s electricity even getting to them. The bulbs are fluorescent. At first, only one bulb dimmed out, then a day or so later the other went. They are both operated by the same switch.
We tried other bulbs, but they are all dim in those sockets. There are no new power loads in the house to blame for the dimming. They just stay dim all the time. No other circuits in the house are doing this.
Thanks in advance,
This electrical question came from: Dave, a Homeowner from Waterford, Maine.
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Thanks for your electrical question Dave.
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Dave, fluorescent light bulbs that are allowed to burn out in the socket can actually cause the ballast to burn out and need replacing. If fluorescent lamps start to burn out or flicker, then it is time to replace them, and always replace both lamps as a pair for a longer lasting ballast.
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