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Re:Liteway Fixtures

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

Erik Olson
erik at thekrib dot com