Fluorescent light problem

I have a three foot fluorescent light above my sink. The bulb just burnt out after ten years. I bought I new bulb turn the light on and it worked fine. Next day my wife turned it on and the bulb just blinked. I then replaced the starter again light worked once then does not work anymore. Any suggestions. Do fixtures with starters instead of ballast require special tubes. The tube is a rapid start if that matters.
Robert
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Just replace them all... fixtures & bulbs.
Sounds like the old ones had magnetic ballasts. Get electronic balast fixtures. Cost a little more, work much better.
Lenny in Austin

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kitchen cooking grease can cover contacts making a poor connection , remove and clean fixure contacts or replace fixture , its has its life cycle
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quoting:

Be careful, though. There's a lot of cheap garbage out there today. You can easily get caught with a fixture that doesn't necessarily "work much better" if you're not careful.
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Robert Rushing wrote:

Fixtures with starters also have ballast.
As the others have suggested, It may be the ballast or poor contacts. I will add that it may also be a bad ground.
I suggest you check the contacts (where the lamp fits) and then the ground. After that I would suggest replacing the whole fixture.

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Two things that I can think of:
1. A bad bulb is really hard on starters, and a bad starter is really hard on bulbs. Try replacing both simultaneously if there is a starter.
(NOTE - even if there are no starters, you still have a ballast.)
2. 30 watt 3-foot bulbs come in two widths (T8, "1 inch" and T12, "1.5 inch"). Many ballasts for 30-watters will only let through the proper amount of current for one width, and often either overpower or underpower (also bad) the other width. Also, many 30 watt fluorescent bulbs are made for only one starting method (preheat [usually uses starters] or rapid start [does not use starters]).
(Also note - 15 watters also come in both widths, but unlike the 30 watters, the two widths of 15 watters are electrically interchangeable with each other.)
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quoting:

There are two widths of bulbs for three foot fixtures. A fixture with a starter requires a bulb that is skinnier in width than a usual "fat" fluorescent bulb, it is about 1 inch wide.
The code printed on the bulb will be as follows.
F30T8 - 30 watts 1 inch wide. - for fixtures that have a starter.
Any letters or numers after the code designates color. Just to add, the WRONG bulbs have the following codes you'll likely encounter at the store.
F30T12 - 1 1/2 inch "fat" bulb for "rapid start" starterless ballasts. F25T12 OR F30T12 (energy saving version of F30T12 above) 25 watts 1 1/2 inch "fat" bulb for "rapid start" starterless ballasts.
F25T8 - 25 watts, 1 inch wide "skinny" bulb, for modern electronic ballasts.
Again, Any letters or numers after the code designates color.
CW - Cool White, your standard, "bright white" fluorescent bulbs have been long known for over the years. For example, if someone says "I hate fluoescent light", this is the color they mean.
Philips "Home light warm" Sylvania "Designer Warm White" GE "Kitchen and Bath Ultra" - These three give a nice warm colored light, it is very similar to regular light bulbs. People that hate traditional Cool White "fluoresnt light" will like these. "cool" versions of these are also available that are similar to Cool White, but are somewhat color corrected.
Another thing to check - are you using the correct starter? A three foot fixture requires a starter that is marked "FS-4". And other things like bad contacts, like others have suggested.
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