Florescent lights flicker

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Old 01-18-07, 10:05 AM
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Lightbulb Florescent lights flicker

I installed 2 new, 2 bulb,florescent fixtures. They have never come on immediately. They glow at the end of every bulb, may come on in 5 minutes, 10 minutes but then may stay on 1/2 hour and go back to glow. And then repeat that same pattern. Do I need to replace balasts? Can I test the balasts? With a standard test meter (Ohms, voltage)? Other suggestions?
 
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Old 01-18-07, 10:07 AM
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Where are these lights installed? Are they properly grounded?
 
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Old 01-18-07, 10:13 AM
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Lightbulb florescent lights flicker

They are installed inside, in a loft(out of the weather), with a single swittch and are properly ground throught my service box ground.
 
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Old 01-18-07, 10:53 AM
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Are these lights hardwired or plug in? Did you wire them yourself to an existing circuit or did you create a new circuit? Are they wired correctly?
 
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If they go through a switch, make sure the grounding wire is attached to the green screw on the switch. Quite often the grounding wire is left off. This would possibly keep a ground from completing. And fluorescents like grounding wires.
 
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