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How to remove this fluorescent lamp from its fixture

tl/dr: I can't find how to release the lamp from the fixture. Not spring-loaded Non rotating I can't find a way to remove the sides I have a fluorescent lamp in my bathroom which lights up about 2 ...
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Can I replace 15 amp spiral CFL lights in garage with fluorescent lights?

1978 house. Garage has two crappy spiral CFL ceiling lights on 15amp ciruit, horrible lighting in cool spectrum. Can I replace them with big fluorescent or led shop lights? I need to better lighting ...
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LED T8 tubes overheating?

Last fall (around mid-October), I installed two LED tube lights in a fluorescent fixture--since there were three lights total, it had two LEDs and one fluorescent bulb. A few days ago, I started ...
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How to insert bulb in this fluorescent socket?

I hope someone can advise me. I'm trying to insert an F40 bulb (1.5" diameter, 4' long) into the socket shown below. With every other fluorescent socket in my home, I simply orient the two bulb pins ...
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Why does this fluorescent ceiling light go out after a few seconds (every time)?

I have a strange problem with a fluorescent ceiling room light. There are four small fluorescent tubes. One day for no apparent reason they all just suddenly went out. When I turned the light switch ...
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Fluorescent light only flickers when I turn it off

My fluorescent light shows no sign of life when I turn on the light switch, but will flash on one end when I am turning off the light. I've checked the ends.
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I broke a CFL lightbulb while unscrewing it, do I need to throw away the clothes I was wearing? [closed]

I was unscrewing a compact fluorescent lightbulb this morning and it broke while it was unscrewing it. A few chunks of glass showered down, but the entire bulb didn't shatter; ultimately a few chunks ...
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Whassup with this ceiling fixture?

40W Circline fluorescent would periodically light for less than a second, but stay on when tried an hour or so later. Replaced bulb; same problem. Replaced ballast; now it lights for only about a ...
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What kind of compact fluorescent light bulb fixture is this?

I have search quite a bit to find what kind of compact fluorescent light bulb I need for this recessed can light? It is in a bathroom above a tub. I have include a picture of the base looking into ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes with LED tubes, the LEDs only turn on when tapped

I bought FEIT replacement LED tubes at Costco, item number T48/840/LED/2, and swapped them in for fluorescent tubes (the thinner style). When I switch them on, the pairs of LEDs barely illuminate. ...
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Option for some light between broken fluorescent lights and new LED recessed lights

I'm working to fix our our basement - nothing top of the line / dream basement - just some nice enough upgrades relative to our 1970's wood paneled basement, to enjoy a few years before we sell the ...
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Fluorescent lights sometimes don't turn on

I have two T12 double-ended G13 2-pin 4 foot fluorescent lights in my bathroom. They often (maybe 1/3 of the time) won't turn on, with a very slight glow in one corner, then usually turn on after an ...
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Two socket fluorescent lamp OFF switch hot / not working with single bulb

I have a two-socket fluorescent lamp. Initially only one light tube was inserted and it worked fine. At some point, it started to go off seconds after being turned on. I thought the tube went bad, so ...
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Fluorescent light fixture malfunction

A fluorescent light fixture in my house looks like the attached picture when I turn it on. I replaced the light tube, but no success. If I repeatedly turn it off and then on quickly, it eventually ...
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Replace fluorescent lights with LED lights

Can I replace fluorescent lights (30W, 36" long - F30T12 H998) with LED lights?
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Fluorescent Light issue

I have a 4 bulb light fixture which suddenly just went out. I checked and there was power to it. I changed all the bulbs in case one was bad and still nothing. So I purchased a new ballast and ...
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fluorescent lamp messing with voltage in the house

I got a cool lamp from a yard sale, its an arm mounted desk lamp that has a giant magnifying lens in the head and a circular fluorescent tube around it so its really nice for zooming in and ...
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Fluorescent Lights Turning on Slowly

I have a Philips fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen. It was installed in the mid-1990s, so it uses an electronic fast-start ballast. The lights were not turning on at all, so I replaced the ...
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Why does it take 20-30 seconds for a fluorescent tube to start?

One of the fluorescent lights in my apartment does nothing for long seconds or sometimes even minutes when turned on (then it surprises me when it suddenly comes on). It behaves as if there were some ...
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Name for tombstone-holder parts?

What are the names of the metal photographed parts? The tombstones are inserted to clarify function. I would like to order more of these metal parts, however, I do not know the terminology to Google ...
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Can a T8 bulb work with a T5 ballast?

What (if any problems) will happen if a T8 bulbs are used with T5 ballasts?
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How to remove cables from the Philips ballast for fluorescent lamps?

I have a few HF-Performer III TL5 ballasts to to which I connected cables in past. Now I can't take them out http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/prof/lighting-electronics/fluorescent/fluorescent-...
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Fluorescent bulb shelf life

What is the expectation for unused fluorescent bulbs that are 1 year, 5 year and 10 years old? In general, do fluorescent bulbs appreciably degrade over the first 10 years? I am referring to tubes ...
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Can you wire a T12 fluorescent Strip light and a T8 fluorescent strip light together?

I have a 2FT Strip light and a 4FT strip light wired together in the kitchen. They are both T12 . I need to replace the 4FT one and I bought a cheap T12. However, I have to go back to the store ...
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Systematic process to find replacement fluorescent T5 lamp holder

The goal is to replace a plastic T5 tombstones has melted. The side 'wings' fold-in so it can be 'dropped-into' the fixture. There are approximately 100+ tombstones and one has melted. Is ...
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Why do fluorescent lighting tombstones melt?

I am fixing the lighting in an older building and one of the plastic tombstones has melted. There are approximately 100+ tombstones and one has melted. A search found a forum discussion that ...
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what is the likely cause of a single fluorescent tube not working in a light fixture with a ballast that supports two tubes?

So I've got a warehouse with many fluorescent tube fixtures. We are slowly transitioning piecemeal to LED as we run out of replacement ballasts and bulbs. I've got a fairly simple troubleshooting ...
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Measuring frequency of a fluorescent light source?

I noticed that my eyes feel tired with certain fluorescent lights in my office. I read that low frequency fluorescent lights can make eyes tired. Is there a tool I can purchase to measure the ...
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I replaced my fluorescent light ballast but the bulbs turn off immediately

I changed the ballast on the florescent lights in the laundry room yesterday. Now this morning when I throw the switch they turn on then off immediately. Is this a loose wire connection? Should I go ...
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How can I tell whether a fluorescent ballast is T8 or T12?

Is there a way to tell from a ballast's specifications (voltage, wattage, how many lamps it handles, etc.) whether it is a T8 or T12 ballast? Or do I need to look for the manufacturer's part number to ...
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Removing a surface-mounted shop light

In my garage, I have some surface-mounted (or flush-mounted) fluorescent shop lights. I would like to replace them with LED shop lights, instead. They are just plug-in lights, so the electrical part ...
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How do I get the fluorescent bulb out of this fixture?

The bulb blew last night. I've been trying to get it out to change the bulb but it's not budging. I got the outer case off but the end covers aren't budging so the bulb won't pull or twist out. How ...
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Can an F40T8 4ft ballast power an F36T8 2ft bulb?

I have some F36T8 2ft bulbs that I need to power, unfortunately the closest ballast I can locally find are rated for 4ft F40T8 bulbs. Can I still use them, or will it be a hazard?
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How would I wire a motion sensor to a fluorescent light?

How would I wire this motion sensor to the fluorescent light? I’ve heard that not all motion sensors are created equal and it may shorten the lifespan of the bulbs or possibly the transformer but if ...
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Fluorescent light requires twist to start

I have a fluorescent light in my bathroom. It used to work fine, but then had issues with it not turning on. I replaced the tube, but it hasn't fixed the issue. I can get the light to come on if I ...
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fluorescent Tube F15 T8 Not working

I have a desk lamp that takes 2 fluorescent tubes F15 T8. The current tubes work but I wanted new ones. I just purchased new tubes and they don't work at all. Any idea what is the difference between ...
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Is a ballast required, or merely acceptable, for this Philips InstantFit LED tube?

Rather than replace a dead ballast in a fluorescent fixture, I've decided to simply bypass and move to LEDs. However, I think I may have grabbed the wrong kind of replacement tubes the other day in ...
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Fluorescent light wont work after replacing starter and bulb

I have 2 single bulb fluorescent lights that do not turn on after replacing the bulb and starter. What else could be preventing the light from turning on? ANy advice on what should I check? Thanks
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How to deal with broken compact fluorescent (and its mercury) without breaking the bank?

We're now out of the compact fluorescent era, fortunately, but we wound up with 3 or 4 broken CF bulbs from somebody not being careful with a box of them in the garage ... We're moving and I want to ...
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Fluorescent fitting problem

I live in France. I have just received a replacement twin fluorescent fitting to replace a unit that failed after 3 months. I have tested the new fitting on a bench, connecting live neutral and earth ...
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How do I remove the T shaped metal device that is holding my fluorescent ballast cover on?

I'm trying to take the cover off of my fluorescent fixture, but I can't seem to figure out this fastener. I've tried rotating it to no effect.
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How to get a TL light working

I have a set of fluorescent tubes (2) in my kitchen and they both do not work (noticed while I came home). Normally one of the starters is broken and I replace it but this time both lights to not ...
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Why don't my fluorescent lights work after a nearby lightning strike?

I was working in the basement during a thunderstorm, with two banks of fluorescent tube lights (like office lights) in two rooms on. Thunder pealed, power went out. Every so often there would be a ...
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Replace A T5 Fluorescent to A T8 LED

I currently have a T5 Fluorescent Fixture which one socket broke. I got a great deal on LED Bulbs which are a direct replacement to T8 Fluorescent bulbs. Would I be able to reoutfit the fixture with ...
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Direct Wire LED: T12 Replacement

CONTEXT An older office's 4-foot T12's are to be replaced with direct wire LEDs because the ballast cost + labor can be avoided. The instructions indicate that the hot is wired to one end and the ...
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How can I determine the color / temperature of my current fluorescent bulbs?

I intend to replace an old and large population of T12 flourescent lights with T8 LEDs: direct wiring. The ballasts are $15 a piece (2 required per fixture) and it would seem that a 4 X $10 direct ...
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Installing single-ended LED in a pre-existing T-8 fixture with only one connection per side

I have a set of new LED bulbs which want hot & neutral connection at just one end of each bulb. The fixture in question however is wired differently than I expected. It has just one wire per end....
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Are LED retrofit bulbs more resilient to ballast problems?

My office overhead lighting currently uses fluorescent bulbs. For ~5 minutes after turning them on, lights will flicker. I diagnose this as a weak ballast. If I insert LED retrofit bulbs into this ...
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Shock when Installing Fluorescent Bulb 50VAC between frame and GLASS of Lamp - New Ballast Installed

I have a ballast that we are replacing in a church. There are approximately 12 dual lamp T12 Fixtures in parallel drops. The fixtures are all in line -- but L1, Neutral and Ground are parallel drops. ...
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Trying to replace 1988 t12 w/ led 4ft bulbs

My question is this: I removed the t12 ballasts, and direct wired the 2 ends of the fixture, one to each wire coming from the box. I put in t8 LED bulbs. They don't light. They are Sylvania 5000k 32 w ...