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Old 03-16-2014, 11:19 PM   #1
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I've got an older fluorescent light fixture in the bathroom of the house I recently bought and I can't seem to figure out it's operation! There are two "prongs" on each end that appear to be what is used to turn the light on/off, but for the life of me I can't get it to work anymore. I did have it come on once, but now I can't figure out the combo (sequence?) I used and can't get it to turn on. Help! Any suggestions are appreciated!

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No picture of the light.
No idea what "prongs" your looking at. On the ends of the bulbs?
Is there black areas on the ends of the bulbs?
Is it 4', 8', ciruler, horse shoe shaped?

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The "prongs" I'm talking about are on both ends of the fixture itself, not the bulb. The bulb is approx. 2 ft long with green ends. It appears that you are to push on the "prongs" on the end of the fixture to turn on/off the light, but the sequence eludes me. Sorry I don't have a picture; I'll work on that. Electrical issues aren't my forte, so please bear with me! Thanks!
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The "prongs" I'm talking about are on both ends of the fixture itself, not the bulb. The bulb is approx. 2 ft long with green ends. It appears that you are to push on the "prongs" on the end of the fixture to turn on/off the light, but the sequence eludes me. Sorry I don't have a picture; I'll work on that. Electrical issues aren't my forte, so please bear with me! Thanks!
Guessing here..
The prongs hold the bulb and make electrical contact.

green ends sounds like a new bulb.(or good for saint pattys day)

Sounds like ballast and or starter and someone replaced bulb but that was not the problem..

you should't have to play with the bulb to turn it on and off (guess you got lucky once and it lit)
on/off should be from a switch on the fixture or in/on the wall.
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Almost all fluorescents I have seen simply turn on with a switch. The only one that didn't was a desk lamp and you had hold the button down until the lamp started to glow then let go. Then push it again to turn off.
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Prongs?

if so, they are sockets..
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if you have to push on the prongs(sockets) to get lamp to light you have loose contacts. you should have a switch someplace to control the light. either on the fixture itself or on a wall. lamps should light up without having to play with sockets.
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I've got an older fluorescent light fixture in the bathroom of the house I recently bought and I can't seem to figure out it's operation! There are two "prongs" on each end that appear to be what is used to turn the light on/off, but for the life of me I can't get it to work anymore. I did have it come on once, but now I can't figure out the combo (sequence?) I used and can't get it to turn on. Help! Any suggestions are appreciated!

Whats this " combo sequence " that you speak of ?

If its a floro light? then there could be several problems !

What type of fixture is it ?
size, shape, brand, age ?

Ballast ? Starter ? Tomb stones ? loose wires ?

Tell us more ?
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If this is a vanity light near the mirror, I wouldn't waste any time with it.

Get a new fixture and replace it.
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Maybe the switch gets turned ,not pushed.
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Cletis's cousin ?

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