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Old 10-30-2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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Parents have a 2 bulb fluorescent tube light (48" long bulbs - 2 pins on the ends) in their kitchen. If you stand under the fixture the tube on the right is out and the tube on the left is just barely glowing, replaced both sides with new bulbs with the same results. Bad starter or bad ballast

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:57 AM   #2
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likely ballast.

may not even have a starter, i would replace both if it actually has a starter

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Old 10-30-2011, 10:33 AM   #3
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Are the bulbs the proper ones for the ballast?
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:35 PM   #4
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This indicates a rapid start T12 magnetic ballast. Old one that works in series (one goes out, they both do). Make sure the bulbs are seated properly. If this doesn't work, then you probably need a new ballast.
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Ballast will cost more than fixture. Need new fixture.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:11 AM   #6
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It was a T12 magnetic ballast (had no starter) By the time priced a new ballest and new tube mounting clips on the end of the light as noticed all 4 were broke I bought a new light. Thanks to all that responded to this question as all answers were helpfull

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