I just replaced the two florescent bulbs in our kitchen light fixture.
The old ones suddenly just stopped working. I put the two new ones in,
and they won't come on. Dead as a doornail. I measured the output
voltage at the ends of the fixture, and they're all putting out a
little over 4 volts.
This is a fairly new fixture, about 8 years old. It has one ballast in
the middle. Any ideas?
Mine too. Check the prices before you buy. Some fixtures are cheaper than a
I have an under counter light in the kitchen that also serves as a night
light. When the bulb burns out, I can buy a new fixture for $1 more than
just a bulb.
I will add one more thing, in addition to the ballast and power supply
problems, you may have a bad ground. While that seems less likely based on
your measurement of 4 volts (that's what is making me and others suspect the
power supply to the lamp. Even a disconnected circuit can show a few volts
due to induction.) it is possible.
By any chance are these fixtures hidden from view, above a drop-ceiling? If
so, kitchen moisture can creep into that unheated/unventilated space,
causing the contacts on both the bulbs and the fixture to eventually glaze
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