Old Fluorescent Fixtures

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Old 08-03-20, 08:42 AM
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Old Fluorescent Fixtures

Thinking of buying some old fixtures then install LED tubes. I think I can just remove the ballast and rewire, I do have new tombstones if that matters.

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I don't know if these have starters, not sure that would matter with rewiring?

Ideas appreciated, thanks.

 
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Old 08-03-20, 10:15 AM
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Those had better be almost free. I would not pay more than 5 bucks each.
Removal of the ballast is not necessary on some LED replacement lamps. I bought my lamps at Costco some years ago and changed out the lamps in my garage. I can see now.
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Those look like those old "Lights Of America" (Made in China) style of fixtures they were only around $19 new I would not even bother with those at all the metal is paper thin and bends at the drop of a straw. Find an old made in America Quality fixture. I have LED with a passion but I am not the one paying your electric bill so do as you please.
 
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Hi, $2.00 tops, how do you plan on powering them up ,draping cords ?
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These will be in my pole building way up near the ceiling, receptacles on each side so just plug them in. Right now there are those lights with a two little ~6" tubes, forget the name but they don't work anyway.

Like my other garage I'll use Hyperkon 5000k tubes. Don't remember what they cost back then but $8 a tube is much better..

Could anyone tell me the thin wire used after the ballast to each tombstone? Much smaller than #12, I'd like to replace it all after the cord.

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The wires that go to the sockets (AKA Tombstones) is 18AWG solid wire. If the existing is in good shape I would reuse it (That is what I do every time I toss a dead ballast I save the leads if they are in good shape). As I stated I hate the LED movement but I don't pay your bills. I would get those ballast bypass tubes and follow the diagram on how those ones are connected to AC power use the 18AWG wires from the sockets and wirenut it to the fixtures power cord also don't forget the ground wire.
 
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