New Code for shop lights?

I have 6 dual fluorescent shoplights in my garage. They are 30 years old and one by one they stopped working. Probably due to cheap electronic ballasts which are not available any more. The ballasts consist of a small plastic box about 1"x 1"x3", one box per lightbulb (two per fixture). Therefore I cannot replace the ballasts in these antediluvian fixtures and have to replace the fixtures.
When looking for new dual fixtures at the Big Box I noticed that they are all designed to be hung from the ceiling, using 2 short chains.
My old fixtures are attached directly to the ceiling with Molly bolts, no chains.
Is the chain arrangement due to a new code requirement (in case the ballasts ignite in the fixture), or do I need to look at more expensive shoplights?
Anyone know?
Thanks
Walter
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It sounds as though you have been looking at the cheap shop lights with the short cord on them. What you see is what you get. For ceiling mounted yo u can get some wraparounds. If you want shop lights that you can mount on a ceiling, go to an electrical supply.
John Grabowski http://www.MrElectrician.TV
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On Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:44:59 PM UTC-4, Walter E. wrote:

I don't know about the code, but the shop lights I bought 30 years ago came with short chains. I screwed them to the joists in my shop and they've been absolutely fine.
I opened the case and used the chain slots as screw holes. While I was in there I removed the short cord and hard wired them to a switch.
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Know? No. I suggest you talk to your local code enforcement people who are the only ones who really know. However I noticed the problem and I'll guess that it's because being hung from chains with a plug instead of direct wire allows the HO to claim that it's a stand alone lamp like a regular table lamp and therefore doesn't need the installation services of a licenced cardiologist ... oops, I mean electrician but the costs are similar. Also doesn't require a permit so no money for those useless civil servants.
Put in the new ones with Molly bolts. The worst that is likely to happen is that some time way in the future they might make you take them down.
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On Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:44:36 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@nowhere.gov wro te:

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And I'd guess the chains and plugs are there to make them easy to install f or just about anybody.
Of course, in order to use them, there has to be an outlet in the ceiling w hich may require that licensed electrician anyway. I mean come on, no one w ould use a $6 extension cord to power a $15 shop light, would they? Surely they'd pay to have the outlet installed properly.
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On 07/18/2015 10:43 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

ROTFLMAO!
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wrote:

This will not be a code issue but it could be a listing issue. (U/L testing condition) The answer will usually be in the installation instructions.
If you are just going to wing it, first plug them in and see if the top of the fixture gets hot. That will be the main issue.
The reality is these cheap fixtures are usually junk. I am really looking at the $40 LED 2 tube at Costco. It is supposed to last for decades. I am going to start swapping the shop lights as they go bad.
Plan B might be to go to Dale-electric.com and buy the $11 T-8 ballast and use the more efficient lamp. I think that still works with the T12s too. The problem may be the cheap keystones tho and at that point, you are just saving the can.
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"Walter E." wrote in message
The code depends upon which state, rubber lips.
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