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i have a fixture with 2 bulbs one of the lamps goes on very faint the other does not go on at all I checked connections put in new bulbs 48'

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My psychic powers (required for deciphering your question) suggest that you have a two-tube 48 inch (not foot) florescent fixture.

Sounds like you need to replace the ballast. They don't live forever.

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  • I think the collective agrees with your psychic powers @Ecnerwal + – Ed Beal Jul 8 '16 at 13:25
  • In this case, 48" stoplight, you will also find out that replacing the entire fixture is less than the cost of the ballast alone. – Tyson Jul 8 '16 at 13:58
  • My word, Tyson - you have psychic powers beyond mine if you can determine what type of fixture this is. – Ecnerwal Jul 8 '16 at 14:03
  • I meant "shop light" but my phone thinks it's smarter than I am. – Tyson Jul 8 '16 at 14:21
  • My limited psychic powers figured that was what you meant, but they fail to see anything in the question that identifies this as a shop light, .vs. a puff, a troffer, a strip, or any of a wide variety of other 2-tube 48" fixtures. I'll also note that a replacement ballast costing more than a cheap shop light may well be a lot better than the very cheap ballast in the cheap shop light - though we are nearing the point where "replace them all with LEDs" is the smarter and cheaper option. – Ecnerwal Jul 8 '16 at 15:05

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