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Old 12-23-2013, 08:47 PM   #16
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Seems you have one switch that turns on four tubes in fixture one, one switch that turns on two tubes on fixture 2-4 and one switch that turns on other two tubes in fixtures 2-4. Fixture one no problem. One ballasts will replace the two.
If you want the same function in fixture 2-4 then you will need two ballasts in the other three fixtures. If you can live with all four tubes coming on in the other three fixtures then just cap one set of power wires. What you can do is have switch two turn on some of the fixture eg 2 and 4, and have switch three turn on fixture 3 or any other combination you want. Just cap the unused set of power wires.

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Old 12-28-2013, 12:14 PM   #17
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I'm fine with having all 4 tubes come on at the same time. I pulled out both of the middle fixtures and there were two sets of 3-wire in each fixture, each with a white, black, ground, and red. There are two switches with red wires going to them. I am having trouble getting both of the middle fixtures working together. I have tried a few different configurations and can get each one to work, but not together off the same switch.

Before removing the old ballasts, one red from each of the house wires were connected the black from one ballast. The other black from the other ballast was connected with each black from the house wires. All whites were connected together.

I there a way for me to get this to work using one 4-lamp ballast in each fixture, or do I have to get two 2-lamp ballasts?
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Use only the red or black wires for the hot hot and I would expect the lights to come on together. Cap off the unused red or black.
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I got the one fixture to work by connecting one red wire to the black on the ballast, capping off the other 3-wire. The next fixture in, I tried using the red from each wire as the hot, but neither worked. I was able to get this fixture to work using a black as the hot. This fixture now works, but the other one does not.
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IF this was done like it should have been you need to connect all the reds and black from the ballast together and connect all the white together. Cap the blacks. Do this in all the fixtures.
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If it wasn't done the way it should have been, is it possible to supply too many volts to the ballast?
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Not if this is all on a single breaker.
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Thanks. I will try that tomorrow and let you know the results.

I had an issue with regards to my original question. Two fixtures on the same wall switch. The first fixture has two sets of 2-wire. I hooked it up and capped off the unused wire. The second fixture has only one 2-wire, so I hooked it up and it works. Now the first fixture no longer works. Should I connect the two blacks to the ballast black and the two whites to the ballast white?

Thanks again for your help on this.
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Yes connect all the blacks and whites. One cable is the power in from the switch and the other cable is the power out to the other fixture.
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Joed,

All fixtures are operational. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it!

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