Fine on that. Those electronic ballast sure weigh a lot less than the older
transformer types. I replaces a lot of them where I worked. Sure wish they
had those when I first started, especially for the 8 foot long tubes. Just
about all I could do to hold on to those with one hand and put the screw in
with the other hand, especially when up about 10 feet on a ladder. This was
in a very large industrial plant. We did lights when other projects were
Well, as much as I love the weight of the electronic ballasts, I LOVE
the screw gun even more. I remember the days of holding a 4/96 pan up
against the ceiling with my head, while I bang a hole through the sheet
metal with my awl, then stick a #10 slotted sheet metal screw through
the hole, and have to screw a half dozen turns before I could relax.
Nowadays the sheet metal is paper thin, the ballasts are feather light,
no wonder I don't have those bulging biceps anymore.
*Roy you caused me to have flashbacks of my youth. My father worked on many
shopping centers when I was a teenager. I remember doing it exactly like
you said with the awl and using my head a support. I miss that about as
much as I miss drilling into masonry with a hammer and hand drill to insert
a few Rawl plugs.
On Thursday 21 March 2013 20:08 RBM wrote in alt.home.repair:
That's forward thinking...
Useful if we (in the EU) did that. There's a lot of problems with dimmer
switches, particularly electronic ones (that is, more complicated than a
simple triac/diac/pot) causing flashing when "off" when combined with LED
and CFL lamps - all because the switch has to pass some current to power its
own circuits, even when notionall off.
Never a problem with a lump of tungsten to neutral - but that fraction of a
mA is enough to build up in the capacitors in electronic lamps and cause
Personally, I wish they'd bite the bullet and devise a *universal* 3
connection lamp holder - live/neutral and control - and get around all the
problems with dimming by butchering the supply waveform.
*uviversal* - not one for GEC, one for Philips, one for Megathingy from
china, etc etc...
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