Flourescent light ballasts count as tech, right?

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  1. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    I just replaced an F40 T12 ballast in a downstairs light fixture. The old one stopped working, and when I took off the cover, the ballast was OLD, with the insulation and labels turned brown with age. The insulation in fact, was turning brittle and crumbling, which led to bare wire at the ballast egress. Turning on the light switch with the ballast exposed made it look like the 4th of July!

    The new unit I put in was about 1/4 the size of the old one. Technology marches on, I guess. Red wire to red, blue wire to blue, yellow to yellow, black to black, and white to white, with big wire nuts for the black and white, and little wire nuts for the rest. The hardest part was putting the cover back over the ballast; the nuts kept wanting to hang over the side just like my underwear...

    I put in the light, flipped the switch, and no smoke nor sparks issued forth, and the lights came on. SUCCESS! Now I'm going to google around to see if there's an LED solution that can be retrofitted into an F40 style light enclosure...
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  3. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Yeah, if I go LED, I am totally ditching the ballasts... ;)
  4. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    LED is the only way to go. They are better light, less problematic, almost cheaper out of the git-go and really cheaper in the long run. Just try to stay clear of the cheap Chinese made ones. Cree
    chips are more costly but tend to put out better light and last longer.
  5. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    I replaced the lights in my garage with these:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NXBMDEY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I had to bypass the ballast and hack my hold tombstones to make it work. The bulbs came with tombstones but they weren't compatible with my lights. I love these lights, super bright and a bit less than half the energy usage. The only con is it takes about 1 second for the lights to turn on after flipping a switch.
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Is it just me, or is it somewhat... unsettling, to have a piece of high voltage electrical equipment called a "Tombstone"... ;)
  7. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    LED's are low voltage.
    But I get what you're saying.