Empty Light Socket question


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Old 12-30-04, 10:45 AM
Rachel S.H.
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Empty Light Socket question

Our overhead flourescent lights pull-on switch in the basement has been broken for sometime and we have manually twisted the bulb to turn on the lights. The lights began burning out and flickering a lot recently so we removed them from the sockets. So now at least for a couple of days until we can get to the hardware store for replacement bulbs we have empty light sockets with electricity running (can't really turn them off from the circuit breaker as it will effect other things we need to run in our house). TIs this safe?
 
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Old 12-30-04, 11:07 AM
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Flourescent? Fix the switch. Leaving them on all the time leaves the ballest powered all the time. Not only is it hard on the ballest, it also constantly uses electricity. It isn't healthy for a ballest to be powered without a load either. A new pull chain switch costs about as much as the amount of electricity you lost the first month after the old one broke.

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Old 12-30-04, 11:07 AM
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Why not just leave the bulb loosely in the socket as you have been doing until you can get a replacement?

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Old 12-30-04, 11:51 AM
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I wouldn't be surprised if you'll need to replace the ballast if this has been going on for a while, along with the actual end contacts. Most fluorencet fixtures are made very cheaply (unless you have commercial fixtures, which I doubt). Ballasts especially are the week point, and most are designed with a relatively short life time of actual use. Constantly twisting the light into the socket also wekens the pressure contact.

Replace the pull switch, or even better, add a "real" switch on the wall.
 
 

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