T8 fluorescent workshop light not working

Reply

  #1  
Old 09-24-20, 10:37 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: usa
Posts: 219
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
T8 fluorescent workshop light not working

hello
i have a workshop light
2 T8 fluorescent bulbs 48"
the lights were intermittently flickering for a few months and now everything is dead.
is it safe to assume its the ballast?

also just curious
what is the current preferred type of lighting for workshops/garages etc
still T8 or is it now LED type?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 09-24-20, 10:39 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 6,527
Received 367 Votes on 342 Posts
Dont even consider replacing that ballast, throw it out and get direct wire LED's you will never regret!!
 
  #3  
Old 09-24-20, 10:46 AM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 23,711
Received 620 Votes on 573 Posts
LED all the way. Buy the direct wire (120VAC powered) LED replacement bulbs like Marq1 mentioned. I converted my factory, warehouse and office a couple years ago and would never go back to fluorescent.

When you get your bulbs make sure you read the directions. There are two types. One type you run hot and neutral to the pins on one end of the bulb and nothing to the other end. The second type you wire hot to one end of the bulb and neutral to the other. Both are easy to do, they are just different and not interchangeable.
 
  #4  
Old 09-24-20, 03:53 PM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 6,527
Received 367 Votes on 342 Posts
Only issue, if you have a radio/stereo in the vicinity, reception is toast, I have tried several antenna variants and nothing resolves, I now listen to CD's with the lights on!
 
  #5  
Old 09-24-20, 04:40 PM
Tolyn Ironhand's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 13,631
Received 208 Votes on 185 Posts
Only issue, if you have a radio/stereo in the vicinity, reception is toast,
That's odd. I have had the exact opposite experience when I converted my ship T8 lights to LED. I now get zero interference from the LED lamps.
 
  #6  
Old 09-25-20, 04:21 AM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 23,711
Received 620 Votes on 573 Posts
That is odd. I have never had any issues with radio reception and LED lighting.
 
  #7  
Old 09-25-20, 06:01 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 6,527
Received 367 Votes on 342 Posts
Electro Magnetic Interference, or EMI, can be a big problem and is largely due to the fact that the LED power supply is switching at some rate to turn the supplied AC voltage into a DC voltage.
For some reason all the LED lights in my garage effect the stereo I have out there. I sort of suspect since they are on the same circuit that may have something to do with it since nothing else in the house is affected,

 
  #8  
Old 09-25-20, 08:39 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 614
Received 23 Votes on 23 Posts
I only use fluorescent lights and mine have commercial grade electronic F32T8 ballasts (FCC non-consumer limits something or other). those ballasts really kill any FM & TV reception in my small apartment.
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: