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Old 02-04-2014, 07:18 AM   #1
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The light in my kitchen won't come on properly when we flip the switch. We have the old long flourescents outlet and when we flip the switch we often have to keep flipping it up and down to get it to come on. Some times it will come on partially and you have to paly with the switch to get it to come on full power. At times when you flip it you can hear a hum at the outlet but the light is not on. 1. Is this most likely a bad switch or something in the outlet? 2. Do I really need a voltage tester to change the switch? Help.


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Old 02-04-2014, 07:37 AM   #2
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Most likely bad tubes or ballast in the fixture.


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Or even just a loose bulb.
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Bad tombstones, bad ballast is the two first culprits to look at. If the fixture is really old, I would just get new Tombstones & ballast, bulbs, and go from there. You do have a good DMM (Digital Multi-Meter), so you can check the wiring resistance for any problems, along with when you put everything back together.

The bad thing about Kitchens, is if you do a lot of frying, that grease will eat any plastic it touches, along with gumming up electrical contacts.
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