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Converting a Fluorescent Light to an Electronic Ballast

I need advice about fluorescent ballasts replacements. I have 3×48″T12 lamps installed in a line: one 2 tube fixture,and a single tube fixture The lamp of the single fixture will not illuminate (even after changing the tube). Can a light fixture with a electronic ballast share the same circuit with a light fixture with a magnetic one?

Fluorescent Light Fixture
Electrical Question: Can a light fixture with an electronic ballast share the same circuit with a light fixture with a magnetic one?

My Questions:
Can the electronic ballast share the same circuit with the magnetic one?
Is there any problem using the two tube ballast on a single tube fixture?

This electrical wiring question came from Wayman, a Handyman in Canada.

Additional Comments: Finally, an advice site that is concise and covers all kinds of situations. You are very knowledgeable.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wayman.

Converting a Fluorescent Light Fixture

Application: Convert a Fluorescent Light Fixture Ballast.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Fluorescent Light, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Fluorescent Light should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Calgary, Canada. A permit and inspections may also be required.

Wiring Fluorescent Light Fixtures

This electrical wiring project is about a Fluorescent Light in a Kitchen.

The existing light fixture:
Fluorescent Light Fixture

The magnetic ballast:

Fluorescent Light Fixture Magnetic Ballast

Fluorescent Light Magnetic Ballast to Electronic Ballast

Reviewing and answering the questions asked:

Part Reference: Fluorescent Light Fixture, Electronic Ballast
This is an example of a new electronic ballast that will replace a magnetic ballast.
Fluorescent Light Fixture Electronic Ballast

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