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Old 07-25-2010, 01:36 PM   #16
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Update - still have a problem


Thanks for the responses. I had a ballast go out this weekend. So, I ripped out the lighting, took it back to the store, and went back to 2 incondescent bulbs. Back to the drawing board.

I need better garage lighting. What are your recommendations?

Do you guys think the lighting I had was bad, or do you think it was something with my wiring? I don't see anything wrong with the ground or neutral wires at the panel. If I decide to try fluorescent lights again, how can I troubleshoot my wiring? I do have a multimeter, but truthfully don't know much about how to use it. I'm handy enough to wire the lights, have wired many circuits, etc., but don't really understand how to troubleshoot it. Any help would be appreciated.

Could have my issues been because I used the high output 8' lights? Would I be better off trying the 4' hanging strip lights that plug into an outlet (I'd keep the incondescent lights for general lighting and use the strip lights as work lights)?


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Old 07-26-2010, 01:26 AM   #17
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If you still want the High Output luminaire my best suggest is go to the electrical supply centre they will have good products there.

Otherwise you can get the 4 lamp 8 foot strip luminaire { that will be electronic ballast verison and it will be very quiet as well } that will use T-8 bulbs { it is a common item nowdays }

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Originally Posted by tsherv View Post
how can I troubleshoot my wiring?
Plug a 10 A 120v load [iron, hair dryer, toaster] in any outlet. Measure the 120 V from the neutral to both hots at the panel.
If the voltage increases on either hot when you turn on the load you have a bad neutral.

If the voltage at the outlet decreases by more than 3 v when you turn on the load you likely have a bad upstream connection.

If you don't want to remove the panel cover an elec. dryer outlet with the dryer off can be used as voltage sensing leads for the panel.

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