My fluorescent lights in my garage last about a week, then start
flickering and won't light properly. I have tried replacing the
starters, tubes, and on one side the whole fitting, but in a short
time the same thing happens. Can anyone help with this please?
I can think of a couple of easy things. First are these fixtures
grounded? If not they should be. In a garage situation there is often a
lot of moisture and moisture tends to cause oxidization of the contacts. I
would guess that is the real problem. Try removing and replacing the lamps
a few times and see if that fixes them for a while. If so, that means you
need new sockets.
I am a little curious. You noted "starters" do you mean the little tin
can things on small 20W or less lamps?
This may sound dumb, but you might be using the wrong bulbs. If you have
40W 48" tubes, you have to be careful to actually get the right ones. A lot
of the 48" tubes on sale are either the 32W ones or 25W "shoplite" ones.
These may perform very badly in a 40W "residential" fixture.
Good point Donald.
Neil, I suggest that you open the fixture and read the label on the ballast.
It will tell you what bulbs will work with that ballast. Make sure that
you have the correct starter as well.
Yes, you have to get decent flourescent lights. The typical under $10
cheapies often don't work properly in garages/basements; the temperature
is too cold. There are electronic ballast units that work MUCH better.
Excpect to spend about $30-$40 each for units that hold 2 4-ft bulbs.
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