Re: Fluorescent light
Make sure the tubes are seated properly. If you look at the metal endcap, there are two dimples on the edge located perpendicular to the pins. Make sure that the dimple lines up with the slot in the socket. If not seated properly, it can prevent the tube from lighting fully.
Replacing the ballast isn't a BAD idea. There's no reason to replace the entire fixture if you like it and a replacement of that style is not available for purchase. I recommend going to T8 tubes (1" dia.) rather than T12 (1+1/2" dia.). The T8 tubes are more efficient and brighter. However, ballasts are not interchangeable; if it's designed for T12 you must use T12 tubes; if it's designed for T8 you must use T8 tubes. (And there are ballasts available that will power three tubes with one ballast.)
A bit of trivia: the T-number (T12, T8, T5, etc.) indicates the diameter of the tube, in eighths of an inch. T12 is 12/8" or 1+1/2"; T8 is 8/8" or 1"; and T5 is 5/8".
Last edited by Fencepost; 09-30-2013 at 04:51 PM.
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.