How do you change ballast and/or starter in a small fluorescent light?

Old 07-15-16, 08:53 PM
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How do you change ballast and/or starter in a small fluorescent light?

So, we have a fluorescent light over the bench in our pantry that stopped working. I replaced the tube, but it still doesn't work.

My brother suggested the starter might be the issue.

I had took the tube out and tried to find where the starter (or ballast) might be, but with no luck. It's different to a lot of the lights used in tutorials online - it's long and skinny - I'm not sure where a starter or ballast might be hidden, and I don't want to break anything.

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Any help with this would be appreciated.
Old 07-15-16, 08:58 PM
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Welcome to the forums from down under.

When you get a chance put in non-US in your bio as this primarily a North American based site.

That fixture probably doesn't have a starter. With some of those fixtures you have to hold the button in the on position to start it.

In your case you could have a bad switch or ballast. Those little strip lights are fairly inexpensive and are usually more expensive to repair than replace.
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I agree with Peter(PJMax) those little under cabinet lights are really not worth repairing as they are so cheap to buy. Here in the states many of us are switching to LED fixtures that have gone way down in price and are fairly easy to find now in practically any home improvement store. The nice thing too is that they last much longer and you will not have to replace them any time soon. You do have to watch out for color temperature though and basically ignore wattage to find the best brightness for your pantry. I suggest going to the store and seeing them in person.
Old 07-17-16, 07:12 PM
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A T5 fixture is too new to have a starter.

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