Can bad fluorescent fixtures cause premature lamp failure?


Old 11-23-11, 05:55 PM
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Can bad fluorescent fixtures cause premature lamp failure?

I have some old, cheap 48" two T-12 lamp shop lights. It seems like I am changing the lamps in one of the fixtures more often than normal.

Can bad fluorescent fixtures cause premature lamp failure?

Any recommendations for better fixtures? I don't mind spending more than the $9.99 Lowe's specials. What is a good type of utility fixture that is similar in shape to what I have?

I'd like something efficient and with a fairly high light output.
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Old 11-23-11, 08:52 PM
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You can buy the ballast and convert to T8 bulbs. Lots of benefits including instant on, more light, lower wattage, no humming. Pretty easy to do and well worth it. Once you have done one fixture, you will end up doing them all!

Good Luck!
Old 11-24-11, 04:34 AM
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I have stopped buying the cheappo T12 fixtures. I've not noticed bulb problems but the ballasts do seem to have a short life. In years past I've been replacing the ballasts with electronic ones which work much better but lately the ballasts have gotten almost as expensive as a new fixture and sometimes I've found it cheaper to just replace the fixture.
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Installing T8 fixtures will pay for them selves in two years.
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