07:28AM | 12/28/98
Last spring I had two 8 foot flourescent double tube fixtures added to an existing circuit with two 100 watt regular light bulbs and 1 four foot flourescent double tube fixture. They are connected as follows 100 watt, 8 foot (A) , 8 foot (B), 4 foot then 100 watt. Both of the fixtures worked fine for about two months. Fixture A went dark first, replacing the bulbs had no effect. It looks like it is trying to ignite, but never does. Last week fixture B started doing the same thing. The 4 foot fixture and 100 watt fixtures are working fine. Is this a "starter" problem on the eight foot fixtures or a wiring problem?
Then last weel fixture B died, and


12:33PM | 12/28/98
Wiring lights is basic. Black to black, white to white. Given that the lights are wired correctly, you have purchased some bad lights. Many of the fixtures today have their starters incorporated into the ballast and are not repairable. If the starters are replaceable then do so. If not, at the high cost of the ballast, I would return the light fixtures and opt for a different brand.

Brian Wood

12:36PM | 12/29/98
Dear Mss: As usual,Dr Home is right. It does sound like your wiring has gotten mixed up and two or more of your ballasts may be connected in series instead of parallel, which means each light is trying to work on 60 volts instead of 120. Go to the fixture that you connected the new lights to and make sure you have a full 120volts at the black & white, then do what the Doc says; black to black, white to white etc'. Bear in mind, ballasts cost between $17 & $35,get a refund, replacement or a different brand. My company sells a foolproof electrical tester called a Hot or Not AC sensor which makes electrical troubleshooting a breeze. It tests for AC voltage without actually touching the conductor, and will tell you which is the hot wire regardless of its' colour. Only $22.50. We are at 800 851 9891
& e-mail= Happy Wiring & Happy New Year. The Waterguysers.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon