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I'd make sure the sockets and their contacts are...

I'd make sure the sockets and their contacts are undamaged in the first fixture, and that the lead wires are snug. If the sockets are unshunted, make sure both lead wires are secure. Of course, if...
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I looked up the GEM1CF13PH120...

I looked up the GEM1CF13PH120 (https://www.lightbulbs.com/catalog/product_pdfs/ge/68188.pdf) and the spec sheet I found only indicates GX23. I'm curious what your outside lights use, because I...
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So these are the older 2-Pin lamps with built-in...

So these are the older 2-Pin lamps with built-in starters, and it's 13W G24d-1, not 13W GX23-2, correct? You are located in the United States, is that right? I do know the 13W GX23/GX23-2 lamps...
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So that light has a manual push-to-start switch,...

So that light has a manual push-to-start switch, I presume. The behavior described (lamp partially lighting at ends, but works if one pin disconnected) suggests the light is stuck in starting mode. ...
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GU24 is line voltage, so no ballast in the...

GU24 is line voltage, so no ballast in the fixture. There might be a thermal protection switch in fixture, however. Is it recessed?
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Visually you could look to see if there is a bare...

Visually you could look to see if there is a bare or green ground wire connected to the fixture housing, or that the fixture is attached to metal conduit. You might not want to bother with a tester...
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Your ballast might be on the fritz, but not...

Your ballast might be on the fritz, but not necessarily. Your 2' F20 lamps have starters (those small cylindrical cans). If they are slow to start, that is likely the culprit. They simply twist...
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Lithonia and probably others make 2x4' fixtures...

Lithonia and probably others make 2x4' fixtures in that style, either with fluorescent (http://www.lithonia.com/commercial/rt5.html#.Wvc9qXJFtdk) or LED...
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For future reference and anybody else browsing...

For future reference and anybody else browsing here, Philips does make a T8 LED tube for T12 ballasts...
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Besides dirt and fixture wear, there are several...

Besides dirt and fixture wear, there are several reasons why the tubes themselves may have diminished in output over time.

1. Most 8' T12 slimline lamps sold today are 60 watt, as opposed to the...
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A glass LED lamp like this...

A glass LED lamp like this (https://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-60-Watt-Equivalent-B11-E12-Base-Dimmable-Clear-Filament-LED-Light-Bulb-Soft-White-3-Pack-FG-03124/303742112) would look nearly...
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It's just an ordinary blunt-tip candelabra lamp...

It's just an ordinary blunt-tip candelabra lamp (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-60-Watt-Equivalent-Halogen-B10-5-Blunt-Tip-Candle-Light-Bulb-2-Pack-419200/203001452). Funny, I thought it...
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Normally when fluorescent lamps steadily lose...

Normally when fluorescent lamps steadily lose output, it's either caused by impurities in the gas fill, either caused by an air leak or manufacturing defect, or it's caused by low mercury. The...
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That's right, I should have checked the old 8'...

That's right, I should have checked the old 8' ballast I have. It does indeed wire in series as in the diagram shown by PJmax. I had forgotten about the difference. A magnetic single-lamp...
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You should be able to simply cap the unneeded...

You should be able to simply cap the unneeded blue wire. Check the label of the ballast to confirm 1-lamp operation is supported. It probably is. Here is a wiring diagram...
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FYI, new lamps flickering is not always a sign of...

FYI, new lamps flickering is not always a sign of a problem. It's common for new lamps to flicker, be dimmer in the center, have rings or striations, or a snaking arc effect. Even T8 lamps on...
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Another point, some of the fixtures like the new...

Another point, some of the fixtures like the new one pictured in this thread require that wire connections be made within a junction box. Therefore you cannot install it and be up to code unless you...
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Assuming of diffuser lens of the old fixture is...

Assuming of diffuser lens of the old fixture is in good condition, I'd agree that simply replacing the ballast is the better option. That new fixture looks like a cheaper wraparound without a...
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Hey it's another one of the fluorescent light...

Hey it's another one of the fluorescent light doesn't start without touching it threads. Rapid start has a design flaw where it doesn't start if the fixture isn't grounded, or if it's too cold, or...
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If it's instant start electronic you can usually...

If it's instant start electronic you can usually simply cap one of the blue leads. Read the label on the ballast. If it lists 1-lamp, then it's OK. Many do.
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Another option to consider are new F96T12/HO...

Another option to consider are new F96T12/HO electronic ballasts. They should take care of the hum and provide more reliable starting as well. The savings won't match LED, they'll have lower losses...
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Well, it's a step in the right direction anyway. ...

Well, it's a step in the right direction anyway. Note that starting time is unpredictable with preheat. If it consistently takes more than several seconds the starter might be going bad, but...
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If the lamp remains glowing steadily at the ends...

If the lamp remains glowing steadily at the ends with no flashing or pinging, then the starter is stuck closed. The tube might be bad as well, you can't say for certain. In the photo there doesn't...
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If this happens again, sometimes there are...

If this happens again, sometimes there are solutions besides replacing the ballast.
1. Try flipping the switch on and off a few times.
2. Try touching tubes, run your finger from one end to the...
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Doesn't California have strict energy efficiency...

Doesn't California have strict energy efficiency requirements? Is it possible that the fixtures indicates that CFLs or LEDs should be used due to those regulations rather than any safety issues? ...
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