Is this a ballast problem?

Have a fluorescent light that takes a long time to come on after switching it on. The bulb is new. Could this be a ballast problem? If so, which is easier to do, change out the ballast or by a new light? Thanks, Adam
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<< which is easier to do, change out the ballast or buy a new light? >>
Changing ballasts normally is faster but it depends on other factors like type of fixture, your skill level, etc. There are some tricky differences in lamp types for some fluorescents. Make sure you have the right replacement. HTH
Joe
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Adam wrote:

probably easier to get a new light fixture.. sometimes the ballast cost more than a light fixture......
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Could it be that where you live and where the lamp is located just got colder? Most fluorescent lamps don't do well when cold. They also often have problems if they don't have a good ground.
Make sure the ground is good, make sure the lamp is tight in the socket and that the contacts are clean. Also make sure you have the right kind of lamp for the fixture.
If it is cold related, you may want to replace what you have with a fixture that is rated for cold weather use.
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