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Old 05-28-2018, 12:24 PM
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Default Garage fluorescent lite slow to come on

long tube ( 4 ft?) single tube lights sometimes every few months maybe in wet weather (garage is enclosed) wont come on til you touch them or move the tube very slightly- whats this ? ? corrosion build up on the "tomb stone end connections??

would putting dielectric grease or something else on the socket ends help this?
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I know this really is not an answer to your question but I had similar issues with ours. Converted them to LED, was the best thing I could of done.
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The one in my shed does the same thing.It just gets a wake up slap when i walk by. It is 12 years old though and only cost 7.00 with bulbs at HD.
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Switch to the 4’ LED. You’ll never regret it
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If the edge of one of your bulbs is darker you need a new bulb. If both bulbs are new its the starter inside. Replace the starter. Leds are great its cheaper to buy a new led light fixture then two new bulbs.
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Bad ground is often the cause. Not neutral, ground.
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Sometimes it's too cold for them to light UNLESS they have cold weather transformers(?)
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It's the ballast. Don't waste time changing it, just buy a new fixture with LEDs, it's cheaper
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You're on the coast and got seven years of service out of an electric fixture?
Consider yourself lucky. I threw away several devices this weekend that ran far shorter than that.
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Originally Posted by fc8464 View Post
I know this really is not an answer to your question but I had similar issues with ours. Converted them to LED, was the best thing I could of done.

Did the same for all 6 of my shoplights last month. You can get the 4' LED assemblies for $20 now. So much brighter, no flicker, and no more messing with fluorescent bulbs.
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Originally Posted by SeaBoss21 View Post
It's the ballast. Don't waste time changing it, just buy a new fixture with LEDs, it's cheaper
yep what the sea boss said. Costco has em on sale for 20us as of last week. they have a three prong plug, not hard wired so u will have to install receptacle in ceiling. they light up instant in cold weather unlike fluorescent and are silent no fluorescent hum.
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Just get direct wire 4’ led’s off eBay. Typically ship direct from China. Frosted if they are under 10’ from the ground. Installed at least a hundred or so, with virtually no failures. Direct wire, and leave the ballast where it is so you don’t have to worry with compliantly disposing it.
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We've been using 1/2" thick LED recessed lighting in our kitchen jobs. Leave a hot wire in the ceiling until the cabinets are installed, layout the lighting on the FLOOR or countertop, shine a laser plumb bob on the ceiling, drill the hole. EXACT light placement. No guessing beforehand.
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Check fluid level on the left side.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Check fluid level on the left side.
and the viscosity.
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
Did the same for all 6 of my shoplights last month. You can get the 4' LED assemblies for $20 now. So much brighter, no flicker, and no more messing with fluorescent bulbs.
Did you order or buy local? I have a dozen I need to replace, with 4 currently burnt out.
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Do they make 8 foot led fixtures? Or gotta put 2 four foot ones per location?
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
Did you order or buy local? I have a dozen I need to replace, with 4 currently burnt out.
Amazon

http://a.co/5Te8qow
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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
Do they make 8 foot led fixtures? Or gotta put 2 four foot ones per location?
Don't know if they make 8' but I replaced mine with 4' that daisy chain. They are so much brighter. I got them from Costco for $18 each.

Seems they pack in 2 packs now and raise the price to $40 for the two. Still a good deal. Amazon wants $40 each.
https://www.costco.com/Feit-4'-Linka...100410429.html

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