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Ultimate_balance 08-15-2008 10:18 PM

Electricians or know-how only
 
I need some advice with hooking up light bulbs to my ballasts. If you can help me, please email me at krankzor@hotmail.com :thumbsup:

theatretch85 08-15-2008 10:54 PM

Every ballast I've ever installed or replaced had the wiring diagram right on the face of the ballast (unless it was super old and had the diagram worn off, but then again it was being replaced). Each ballast is designed for different bulbs and different configurations, you just got to find the one that works for you.

Good luck getting anyone to email you, besides its better to keep it here on the forums, where you get several people to chime in with their opinion.

Stubbie 08-15-2008 11:01 PM

HMMMMM.....the last guy that want us to e-mail him how to hook up his bulbs to ballasts was using grow lights......for.....

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:.../12/17/pot.jpg

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 02:42 AM

i am hooking up 8 -18 watt bulbs in my basement, i dont know why you would accuse me of that, but if you want to help please feel free to email me... if i dont find a solution here ill probably find a professional to do it.

petey_c 08-16-2008 05:05 AM

Ultimate_balance, I don't think stubbie was accusing you of anything. He was just joking. The reason we use this type of format instead of email is, it allows others to see a possible solution to their problems. Did the fixture in question already have ballasts? How many bulbs per fixture? pete

Stubbie 08-16-2008 11:10 AM

Yeah it was just a rib....:thumbsup: we have that happen from time to time. So exactly what are you doing...building your own design or is this a factory set-up? Very few people will respond to e-mail requests.... me being one of them.

jbfan 08-16-2008 11:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stubbie (Post 149165)
Yeah it was just a rib....:thumbsup: we have that happen from time to time. So exactly what are you doing...building your own design or is this a factory set-up? Very few people will respond to e-mail requests.... me being one of them.

And me another one.

Just state inside the forum what you are trying to do, and you will get the answers you want!

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 12:35 PM

well its 4 bulbs to a fixture, about a 100 feet of cable but the only problem is.... i still need to buy lampholders. ok i have never worked with ballasts before so how and where do i put them? http://www.fulham.com/images/WDgifs/wire7.gif
thats my diagram

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 01:21 PM

also, when i go hook this up to power there is a small problem, the cables would have to run from one end of the room to the other for my other ballast, is there any way i can hook both ballasts to the same power cable?

Speedy Petey 08-16-2008 03:49 PM

Ultimate, I can't tell if you are being intentionally vague or you just can't put into words what you are doing.

Is this a real fixture?
Did you build a fixture of some sort?
What is 100' of cable???


PLEASE, try to describe what you are doing?
If this goes on the way it started I think a professional might be in your best interest.

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 04:21 PM

I am sorry, let me clarify some things up. I have a ballast that has the capacity to hold 4 18watters (so i've been told), these 18 watt bulbs are 4 pin, which leaves me with a bit of a problem when i try to hook them up (need to match the right cables to the right pins - but i will most likely buy the lampsholders that are so very impossible to find, again for the 4 pin bulb). I only have one power source, the other one is located across the room. I had a question if its possible to hook both of my ballasts to the same power source or do I have to drag wire across the room to hook it up to the next available one (120V). Its really the simple things, but I don't want to make a mistake so I am consulting you guys for help. I hope this clears things up.

Speedy Petey 08-16-2008 04:27 PM

Yes, you can use one power source for both ballasts, but WHERE will these ballasts be mounted???

Big Bob 08-16-2008 06:07 PM

sounds like you want to make your own light fixtures.

Ballasts even your electronic units need to be mounted and enclosed properly.

Get some sheet metal. bend and rivet etc.
get the proper lamp holders.... attach securely to non combustible surface with proper spacing from combustables.
wires should have rated sheathing or metal wire way.

You can remote the ballast..distance?..check the forham site for specs on the ballast you have.

Please be safe.


IF this is a fun hobby thing...ok... it might be cheaper to find a damaged fixture on sale some place as a sorce for parts.

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Bob (Post 149220)
sounds like you want to make your own light fixtures.

Ballasts even your electronic units need to be mounted and enclosed properly.

Get some sheet metal. bend and rivet etc.
get the proper lamp holders.... attach securely to non combustible surface with proper spacing from combustables.
wires should have rated sheathing or metal wire way.

You can remote the ballast..distance?..check the forham site for specs on the ballast you have.

Please be safe.


IF this is a fun hobby thing...ok... it might be cheaper to find a damaged fixture on sale some place as a sorce for parts.

this is the answer i was looking for! thank you sir!

Ultimate_balance 08-16-2008 08:29 PM

Do I need a "starter" for compact fluorescent? If not, then what does a starter do? (Yes now I understand how to build a fixture)


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