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Old 05/08/2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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t5ho ballst help

i think one of my crappy t5 ballast are going out ... the lights come on e for a few seconds then shut off ... leave it of for a little while then turn it back on work for a couple mins then shuts off again ...




does anyone out there have a cheapo t5 54 watt 2 bulb ballast theyd let go of for a reasonable price... i only have 4 t5 bulbs ... so me loosing two wouldnt be a good thing ...

also if anyone knows someplace thats carries a relatively cheap one ie lowes, homedepot whatever let me know thanks


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Old 05/10/2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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How old are your bulbs? Some ballasts have an auto shut off when a bulb(s) reach the end of their life.


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Old 05/10/2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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bulbs

the bulbs are all about 1 month old they are ati's and bought at the same time
when switched out to the two working spots, no problems with them

the ballast inside the fixture there are two of them both crappy sunpaq

the bulbs i dont think are the problem

i think it might have a short that i havent been able to track down the bulbs some times turn on for minutes sometimes seconds and when on of the plugs is plugged into my gfi outlet near the sink it trips it

just hard to track down the spot with so much limited time to actually work on them to track it down .... since i dont want to LEAVE off my only source of light for extended period of time other than the late evenings


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Old 05/11/2012, 06:08 AM   #4
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That has happened to me when I have end cap problems.


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Old 05/11/2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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I have some workhorses...$10 each. Let me know if you are interested.


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Old 05/12/2012, 07:29 AM   #6
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endcap

ive narrowed the problem down to some rust/corrosion behind one of the encaps (between it and the spacer that was causing a short in the wiring )
removed the piece of metal cleaned the endcap and replaced the little flex spacer with another diy fabricated on seems to be working great now at least so far may buy those ballast off you anyways gonzo would like to have zix bulbs but need to see if phishy has anymore reflectors


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