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Old 07-08-2020, 05:57 PM
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Default 2 tube fluorescent light

in my closet- sometimes does not come on- tap it with a yardstick it comes on, or wiggle the tubes- or change the tubes. but then a month or so it wont come on again. its a box store fixture, is there a good brand? most are just chinese made stuff. would dielectric grease in the end "tombstones" help?
Old 07-08-2020, 06:02 PM
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Probably a ballast, will be money ahead to bypass the ballast and convert to LED tubes. $60 dollars and 15 minutes and your done
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Buy a new fixture with led
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Originally Posted by RockportFisher View Post
Probably a ballast, will be money ahead to bypass the ballast and convert to LED tubes. $60 dollars and 15 minutes and your done
tell me more about by adding the ballast and converting to led
Old 07-08-2020, 07:33 PM
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no info on what wattage or size bulbs,
but I have found electronic ballasts on line for less than $10 for 2 40s
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Originally Posted by jwfost View Post
tell me more about by adding the ballast and converting to led
Your fluorescent fixture already has a ballast...it basically limits the current to the bulbs. It's not something you add. Yours is already there and is probably going bad. Just go to Lowe's and buy a new led fixture. And install it in place of the flourescent fixture.
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Hello, Buy two led bulbs, throw away ballast, wire bulbs up straight, black to one end white to other. bulbs about ten to twelve dollars each supposed to last ten years.
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If you have a Rural King close they sell a GREAT LED fixture ($25.00) that looks like a 4' fluorescent but has individual bulbs and is white bright 5000 lumens.
I have 6 of them in my 40' X 60' building and it lights it up bright.
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I converted a 4 bulb to a two bulb LED . Easy to do and never a flicker with better light.
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Originally Posted by 95vette View Post
Hello, Buy two led bulbs, throw away ballast, wire bulbs up straight, black to one end white to other. bulbs about ten to twelve dollars each supposed to last ten years.
This works fine if you just want to leave the existing fixture there. Very simple.
Old 07-09-2020, 12:37 PM
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To do a conversion, watch this:
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The led conversion would be a energy savings too correct? I have about 50 of the old school 4 bulb and thinking of converting to the led as mentioned in this thread
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You can easily convert any fixture to LED bulbs; that would be the best, easiest and probably cheapest option. Just make sure the LEDs aren't way too bright.
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Originally Posted by jwfost View Post
The led conversion would be a energy savings too correct? I have about 50 of the old school 4 bulb and thinking of converting to the led as mentioned in this thread
For sure. Just be sure to do the variety that gets rid of the ballast rather than continuing to use it.
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Originally Posted by jwfost View Post
The led conversion would be a energy savings too correct? I have about 50 of the old school 4 bulb and thinking of converting to the led as mentioned in this thread
You will be glad you did. Nice upgrade for sure!
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We just switched 60 fixtures with these and did it in one day.
https://optilumen.com/led-retrofit-p...near-retrofit/
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I got 4 warm white LED tubes from Amazon for about $10 each. This is the direct wire tube and it is a bit brighter than the 40w fluorescent for 13 watts. The price break is higher with a higher quantity. The advantage over just buying a shop light is you get to keep your designer fixtures and you have more color choice on the tubes.

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