Changing a Fluorescent Light Fixture Ballast
My Florescent Light Went Out, How Do I Replace the Light Fixture Ballast? How to Make Your Fluorescent Light Fixture Last Longer and Avoid Burning Out the Expensive Ballast.
How to Make Your Fluorescent Light Ballast Last Longer
Electrical Question: My florescent light went out over my bathroom sink.
- It was old so figured the ballast was bad and replaced it.
- For two days the light would not come on so I planned today to replace the two four foot bulbs.
- This morning I inadvertently flipped the switch and it came on.
I know zero about electrical matters and wonder how that could happen?
Please advise – Thanks
This electrical question came from: Ken, a Homeowner from Pickens, South Carolina.
Additional Comments: This is the first time I have seen your web site.
Thanks for your electrical question Ken.
Replacing a Fixture Ballast
Application: Replacing a Fluorescent Light Fixture Ballast.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of fluorescent lamps that have been installed.
How to Replace a Light Fixture Ballast
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Make the Fluorescent Light Fixture Last Longer to Avoid Burning Out the Ballast
The Key to a Longer Lasting Florescent Ballast
- Ken, the reason why fluorescent light fixture ballasts usually burn out is because the fluorescent lamps are allowed to burn out in the socket.
- If the lamps begin to look faded, flicker or appear to have dark ends then the lamps need to be changed.
- It is always best to install a new set of lamps whenever the ballast is replaced. If this has been done and the lamps are not starting right away then this is usually an indication that the light fixture is not properly grounded.
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