I'm replacing ballast on a lamp and need to connect wires to 4-pin socket.
I tried to pull the wires gently and it did not work. What is the safe way (in terms not breaking) to do so?
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After discussing With jack and looking at the photo again I realized that is a CFL with a separate ballast. I was thinking disconnect not connection to the lamp in that case I would cut the wires off close to the ballast and splice. I have used wire nuts but with small solid wire and low current this is one place I use lever locks or push in stab splices have never had them fail in a fluorescent fixture and LED’s draw even less. I changed to lever locks as who knows some of these fixtures have been required 3X so far in their life with lever locks the connectors are a bit more but if another rewire is needed they will save time and money..
You can remove the wires by inserting a small screwdriver or awl in the slot of each wire and separating the brass or silver clip holding the wire in place. Then pull the wire to remove it. This is very similar the the backstabs on toggle switches. The problem you'll run into is that your socket is not meant to be reused after removing the wires because the clips have been bent to remove the old wires. Check with the manufacturer for a new socket or get your ballast from the manufacturer with the socket already installed.