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Old 12-17-11, 05:17 PM
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light issue

have problem with florecent light in bathroom....switch some times makes it work and other times the bulbs just glow in the corners...light is wired in a gfi circut...is this a issue??? cause??? and just to make it more fun its a fixture on 3way switches!!!lol...
 

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Old 12-17-11, 05:51 PM
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Check that it is grounded and if it is next try new bulbs.
 
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Old 12-17-11, 05:52 PM
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This could be bad bulbs, a bad starter if the fixture is old, a failing ballast or poor grounding or high humidity.

I would try new bulbs first.
 
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Old 12-18-11, 08:46 AM
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tried new bulbs...checked ground connection and it's tight...can gfi outlets in line before fixture cause a issue????
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This could be bad bulbs, a bad starter if the fixture is old, a failing ballast or poor grounding or high humidity.

I would try new bulbs first.
 
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Old 12-18-11, 08:53 AM
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A GFI ahead of the fixture can cause an issue if it's tripped, but the lamps wouldn't glow if that were the case. I am thinking either a bad starter or ballast. How old is the fixture? If it's just a starter issue it's no big deal, but if it's a bad ballast, I think it would be more cost effective to replace the fixture than to replace the ballast.
 
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Old 12-18-11, 10:16 AM
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Remove the cover plate and inspect the ballast. Does it look like tar is running out of it. If not with the fixture on carefully touch the ballast with the back of you fingers. If it is too hot to touch it is probably bad.
 
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