Re: Kitchen light
The main difference between commercial and residential ballasts is that the residential ballasts tend to be quieter and produce less radio frequency interference. It's one of the few items made where the residential model is better than commercial.
If you do replace the ballast, I recommend getting one for T-8 tubes rather than T-12. The sockets are the same. T-8 tubes are more efficient and produce more light.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.