Help with replacing a ballast

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Old 11-30-16, 08:04 AM
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Help with replacing a ballast

Hi Everyone,

I have several 2 bulb fluorescent light fixtures with electromagnetic ballasts. I would like to put some of them in my garage. I know that for garage application the ballasts need to be switched out to electric ballasts due to the low temps we get in the winter. My question is, can I simply switch out the existing electromagnetic ballasts with electric ballasts, or is it more complicated than that or is there something else I need to be aware of?

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Old 11-30-16, 09:08 AM
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can I simply switch out the existing electromagnetic ballasts with electric ballasts
Yes, but you will need to follow the diagram on the new ballast not the original connections. If the lights are currently T-12 it might be best to convert to T-8. Another option is to just discard the ballast and use LED tubes that don't need a ballast.
 
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I never thought (or knew) you could switch the fixture to LED that easy. I just took some time reading up on this and this is the way I'm going to go. Thanks!
 
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It's fairly easy converting to electronic ballasts as it usually involves joining the end cap wires together. Thankfully, every ballast has a diagram on it.
 
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I never thought (or knew) you could switch the fixture to LED that easy....and this is the way I'm going to go.
Note some retrofit LED tubes are intended to use with a ballast so be sure to get the ones that do not use the ballast. Also check prices carefully. I was able to find them at $18 but other similar ones were $35-$50. I have been using my $18 ones about a year and am happy with them.
 
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So Ray, regarding price, would you put buying these type of LED tubes in the category of "you get what you pay for?" I've seen quite a variety of prices from as you mention $18-$39, then I have seen places like eBay where a 10pack was going for $70.
 
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Old 11-30-16, 02:49 PM
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I bought mine a year ago and they are still working well. I bought from Amazon but places like Ebay are good also. I bought before Amazon raised the minimum for fee shipping so I didn't pay shipping. Now I would I'd consider Ebay since some sellers offer free shipping. Sometimes the same sellers/product as on Amazon. I'd probably also look at 1000 Bulbs.com but haven't yet. I looked at Home Depot awhile back but wasn't impressed by what they had. Most were ballast only and the price didn't tickle my fancy. Ballasts are one of the key parts to fail so why use a tube that requires one.
 
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