Step By Step Instructions Of Replacing Fluorescent Light Ballast
Lamp(s), lamp holders, ballast and internal wiring are some of the important parts of all the fluorescent light fixtures. Some older types of fluorescent light fixture have "starters", too. The ballast is very useful when it comes to creating the voltage as well as current necessary to start and brighten the fluorescent lamp. You will need to replace the ballast in some point in time. As soon as you notice that your fluorescent light flickers or makes a loud as well as annoying buzz, then it is the indication that your ballast is degrading. The ballast takes in electricity before regulating current to the bulbs. A typical ballast will usually last for nearly 20 years, however, cold environments as well as bad bulbs can reduce this lifespan remarkably. A new ballast is available at any hardware store or home center and can get installed in only 10 minutes. Buying a ballast can be very costly, therefore, you need to take into consideration pricing a brand-new fixture for comparison.
Tools & Materials Needed
- 4-In-1 Screwdriver
- Nut Driver
- Wire Stripper/Cutter
- New Ballast
- Wire Connectors
Step By Step Instructions
- Remove The Bulbs And Fluorescent Light Fixture Cover: First of all, you need to disconnect the fixture or switch off the power at the main panel. Pull out the fluorescent ballast compartment cover in order to reveal or display the internal wiring as well as ballast. The attachment technique for ballast covers differ extensively among the manufacturers, as it may be attached or secured using the nuts or clips or simply snapped into place.
- Cut The Old Ballast Wiring: The next step is to cut the old fluorescent ballast wiring numerous inches from the most extreme part of the fluorescent ballast with the help of a side-cutting pliers or wire snips. Snip all the wires that are attached or fixed to the fluorescent light ballast. There will be 4 to 8 wires coming out of the ballast.
- Unscrew The Old Ballast: Now, unfasten the ballast-mounting nut and loosen the old ballast. There may be one or two mounting nuts in a ballast. Take hold of the ballast with your free hand in order to prevent it from falling out.
- Install The New Ballast: Finally, it is time for the installation of the new ballast in the fixture. Strip the electrical wiring back 1/2 inch before connecting the matching-colored wires with the help of twist-wire connectors. Replace the ballast compartment cover as well as bulbs.
When you are looking to purchase a new ballast, you need to make sure to take the old ballast with you to the hardware or home store. Compare the new ballast with the old one in order to verify that the wiring diagrams, voltage as well as current match before you purchase a new ballast & start the installation process of the new ballast.