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Old 08-03-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Ok so i ditched the idea of the other lights and broke down and went to lowes and bought 8 ft tandem lights/4bulb ... t8. the ballast says they are 120v-277v. I have a wire tester and have checked and i have power to all the lights but they wont come on! AAAGH! any ideas? Is there something i have missed?


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Old 08-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Could you tell us how you made the connections?


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Old 08-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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make sure your connected to the 120v wires as the ballast says...if OK then the bulbs aren't touching the metal pins they go in with the pins straight up. then push them in and turn them1/4 turn so the pins are sideways all lenghts must be in to make the circuit

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What did you use to test for power ?
You could have a problem with your neutral line !
Especially if you used a non contact tester !
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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You must have good ground to the luminaire to strike a fluorescent lamp.


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