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Old 09-19-2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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Fluorescent Light Problem

i installed some cheap Lowes fluorescent lights in a basement today. There are four lights with two tubes each. The guy already bought the lights and they are plug in type, not hard wired. So i installed some plugs in the ceiling and installed the lights and plugged them in. All eight bulbs look like they are swirling around inside and flickering. What would cause such a thing?
His son installed the same lights in another part of the basement the same way and his do not swirl and flicker. These are installed in conjunction with an old ballust type light. could the old ballust light be causing the swirling in the new lights? but his son has the same situation where he installed the lights also in conjunction with an old light and has no swirling.

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Old 09-19-2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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Re: Fluorescent Light Problem

Fluorescent lamps use a small amount of mercury vapor to operate. However, it is not vapor that is installed at the factory. It's just a drop of liquid mercury. It takes up to 48 hours of operation to full vaporize the mercury.

Just let the lights run for a couple days.


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Check the ballast labeling, make sure they picked up the right bulbs.

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Temperature difference, the A.C.- ed part of the basement has dimmer bulbs?

B. lower input line voltage check outlets while running....loose breaker?
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