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A brief delay is normal. If you're waiting more...

A brief delay is normal. If you're waiting more than 5 seconds or so, then the starter is probably going bad (if it has one), or something else isn't functioning optimally (faulty ballast, failing...
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Before changing the ballast, it never hurts to...

Before changing the ballast, it never hurts to try another pair of lamps (if you have them). Also, sometimes new lamps can be a bit stubborn and it's possible they'll eventually start if you leave...
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I wouldn't be surprised if you could make an...

I wouldn't be surprised if you could make an unshunted socket out of a shunted one by breaking the shunt and punching a couple more holes in it, assuming it has the contacts for the wires on that...
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If you prefer to keep it original, I'd recommend...

If you prefer to keep it original, I'd recommend looking for an electronic ballast for FC8T9 + FC12T9. You might need to remove the built-in sockets and wire it to the fixed sockets of your fixture,...
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You definitely can get away just connecting one...

You definitely can get away just connecting one wire on an instant-start ballast even if the sockets are unshunted. However, I have heard it said that doing so reduces lamp life. I guess it results...
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It looks correct to me. Did you confirm you're...

It looks correct to me. Did you confirm you're getting power to that fixture? It sounded like you were on the right track with troubleshooting. It stands to reason that if your hot and neutral...
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A good first step would be to try tightening any...

A good first step would be to try tightening any of the mounting screws and adjusting the channel cover or other fixture components and see if that lessens the hum. Sometimes the buzz originates...
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This is one reason I'm leery about these...

This is one reason I'm leery about these integrated LED fixtures being the best choice, particularly for residential. They should be highly reliable, but if they do fail, they are a nuisance to...
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Awesome you got everything working! I had a...

Awesome you got everything working! I had a hunch it was the switch. Those choke ballasts are one of the simpler and dependable methods of driving a fluorescent lamp, hard to imagine two of them...
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Yep, the number merely refers to the diameter, in...

Yep, the number merely refers to the diameter, in eighths of an inch. So if it fits, the slightly larger bulb is fine. Despite the label, you could use a shape other than B blunt tip too. I suppose...
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So it sounds like the lone white wire is supposed...

So it sounds like the lone white wire is supposed to be the hot returning from the switch? That's not how the earlier diagram has it labeled, but if I look at your original photo where the old...
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Oh, this fun question again. It's old rapid-start...

Oh, this fun question again. It's old rapid-start fluorescent won't light unless I touch the lamps or flip the switch repeatedly. Most of the time these days people will tell you to swap them out...
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That looks correct to me, though feel free to...

That looks correct to me, though feel free to check with @PJmax to confirm considering he was the one who labeled everything in an earlier post. I'm only a DIYer, so if you're at all unsure, wait...
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The new unit doesn't look too bad, could be...

The new unit doesn't look too bad, could be serviced if it ever malfunctioned, though a bit more skill would be required given the strips are soldered in. Personally I'd repair the old fixture if the...
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What's nice about some of these old fluorescent...

What's nice about some of these old fluorescent fixtures is how serviceable they were. For example, even if the ballasts were bad, they can be replaced. A quick web search finds this one that should...
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One point I'll make about your old fluorescent...

One point I'll make about your old fluorescent fixture is that it unlike many that have a single ballast for two lamps, yours uses two independent ballasts. I note that because if both bulbs went...
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If you plan to stick with incandescent, color...

If you plan to stick with incandescent, color temperature doesn't vary that much. Even most "daylight" bulbs that are incandescent are only slightly cooler, and not the bluish-white available in LED...
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Curious, based on your earlier wiring...

Curious, based on your earlier wiring description, it sounds like your original 4-lamp ballast may have been operating two lamps in an "overdrive" configuration. This is done by by connecting the...
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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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