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  1. #1
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    Default Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    Today I turned on my kitchen light and it started making a loud crackling and noticed sparks flying inside the fixture. I immediately switched the light back off and since this is a fluorescent fixture, I assume it was something wrong with the ballast. Is this something that is fairly common with fluorescent fixtures or is this something else i'm not noticing?

    Regardless, the fixture will be replaced with an incandescent fixture.

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    Default Re: Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    Do you know how old this fixture is?
    Have you replaced the bulbs recently?

    I'm asking these questions to determine what happened.

    On the other hand, if you are ready to replace this fixture in the near future...

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    Default Re: Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    I just moved into the house this past July so I don't know how old the fixture or bulbs are. Do fixtures usually have date labels I can check for?

    Tonight I plan on taking the cover off to reveal the balasts so I guess I can check then.

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    Default Re: Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    Since you're replacing the fixture, go with CFL (like 23w = 100w) at 3500K (or even 5000k) color temp - - white & bright, depending on room use, or you can do it like a woman and go with 2700K so skin wrinkles are less visible.

    6500K is too white/blue, so skip that.

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    Default Re: Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    The previous owner may have installed the wrong bulbs for the ballast in the fixture. Or the ballast just gave.

    Today's ballast are different. They allow only a certain kind of bulbs. In other words, every ballast will allow it's own bulbs.

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    Default Re: Sparking Flourescent Ceiling Fixture

    I did notice 2 of the 4 bulbs had different wattages than the other 2 but I don't understand why it only suddenly happened as we have been using it for months now. The ballast was a GE 6G1020A and the wires coming out of the ballast to the bulbs were literally melted off and the casing scorched.

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