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On Thu, 3 Jun 1999 IDMiamiBob at aol_com wrote:
[lights of america shoplights]
> come with a little electronic ballast that isn't the best in
> the world. I think part of the ballast is a small plastic square and the
> other part is built into the bulb holder. It is really cheap, but it works.
And typically dies after about 2 or so years (for me). The guy at home
depot commented "just buy another one then... they're cheap enough."
> To replace the ballast I think you also may have to replace the endcaps.
I really like the reflectors on these fixtures, so when the old ballast
dies, I usually gut the electronics and convert it to T-8's with remote
ballast (our fish racks have the ballasts mounted directly to the wood
racks). I can usually pry the endpieces apart with a screwdriver --- the
trick is to drive the inner part IN rather than try to pry the outer part
out (it breaks the plastic). Then I rip out the transformer and capacitor
on each end, and rewire. If I jiggle the wires out carefully, I can
just poke in new ones where needed.
erik at thekrib dot com