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Old 02-01-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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How much and how difficult to replace a kitchen light ballast?


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My fluorescent kitchen light is busted and it's not the light bulbs. Probably the fixture or the ballast. Someone offered me to repair it for $300, but I saw the parts for like $100-150 on google. My question is how difficult is it to replace? I have replaced bedroom lighting before, just wondering if it's gonna be something similar to that. Should I replace the ballast or just the whole thing? The fixture is pretty old, from before I bought the house, probably 10-15+ years old.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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If the fixture is old it likely does need a new ballast but may only require a "starter" replacement. The starter is a small aluminum cylinder about the diameter of a nickle. Push it in then twist it counterclockwise to remove it. The things cost about two bucks.

What exactly is the light doing or not doing. To say that it is "busted" doesn't tell anyone anything.
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Hello,

My fluorescent kitchen light is busted and it's not the light bulbs. Probably the fixture or the ballast. Someone offered me to repair it for $300, but I saw the parts for like $100-150 on google. My question is how difficult is it to replace? I have replaced bedroom lighting before, just wondering if it's gonna be something similar to that. Should I replace the ballast or just the whole thing? The fixture is pretty old, from before I bought the house, probably 10-15+ years old.
The ballast for common 2 lamp 40 watt flourscent luminaires typically run about 20 Euros { dollars } and they are not super diffucalt to replace but please do follow the wiring diagram on the replacement ballast some case it may show diffrent connections than the orignal one is.

For moi ., I will just go with electronic ballast with F32T8 bulbs they are brighter and the ballast is super quiet you will not hear any buzzing noise and no flicker as well.
They cost little more but they justify it.

Unless you going plan to replace the whole luminaire with diffrent style then it diffrent story.

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:30 AM   #5
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My fluorescent kitchen light is busted and it's not the light bulbs. Probably the fixture or the ballast.
Well if it is "busted" then you should replace it. Unless by busted you mean not working as opposed to smashed up.


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Someone offered me to repair it for $300, but I saw the parts for like $100-150 on google.
$300 is a bit much. Should be no more than a service call and a ballast. Maybe $150-$175.


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My question is how difficult is it to replace? I have replaced bedroom lighting before, just wondering if it's gonna be something similar to that. Should I replace the ballast or just the whole thing?
The ballast IS almost the whole thing. The only thing left is the sockets.
If you are handy and can follow a wiring diagrm then you should be able to replace the ballast. I know many people who have a pretty decent clue but are clueless when it come to ballast replacement.


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The fixture is pretty old, from before I bought the house, probably 10-15+ years old.
HOW old, or should I say young, are you that you consider 10-15 years "pretty old"???
I regularly replace ballasts in fixtures 30-40 years old. Sometimes even older.
Maybe it is just a sad reflection on today's society that we consider something 15 years old "old".
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Thanks guys I ended up fixing it myself. The lights weren't flickering on right, and replacing the bulbs didn't work. I just got one of those electric ballast for $40 at home depot and replaced it. Apologies for not being descriptive earlier.

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