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When a Fluorescent Light Ballast Needs to be Replaced

Does My Fluorescent Light Ballast Need to be Replaced? The Most Common Problems with Fluorescent Light Ballast and How to Fix Them.


Fluorescent Light Ballast Problem
Electrical Question: Does My Fluorescent Light Ballast Need to be Replaced?

This electrical wiring question came from Daniel, in Red Deer, Canada.

Additional Comments: Thank you.

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

Problems with a Fluorescent Light Fixture Ballast

Application: Replace a Fluorescent Light Fixture Ballast.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder, flash light or drop light.
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.

The Most Common Problems with Fluorescent Light Ballast and How to Fix Them

Take notice of the type of lamps that are installed in the light fixture, and information on the ballast pertaining to the lamp types. The following will help you discover the problem with your light fixture ballast.

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