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My parents strip light in their kitchen isn't working properly. It flickers at either end without fully firing up. Presumably a faulty starter is the cause?


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I would say tube, (Black at the end?) but you could change both (Both easy / cheap to change)

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bigclivedotcom on youtube did a bit on fluorescent tubes and how they work and fail and s-e is on the right heading. Too cheap and easy to change both than to fritter around changing just the one.

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Agreed replace both tube and starter, tube about £6-£7 quid from my local Electrical wholesaler (depending on length) and a starter adds all of 90 pence...

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Get an LED replacement tube :hiding: .

A duff starter (ie a welded closed one) often shows its true colours when you remove it from a light that is turned on at the switch and the ends of the tube are glowing. The light will strike when you remove the starter.


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Get an LED replacement tube :hiding: .

A duff starter (ie a welded closed one) often shows its true colours when you remove it from a light that is turned on at the switch and the ends of the tube are glowing. The light will strike when you remove the starter.


Don't some require an alteration to the tube holder wiring?

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I haven't had time to read this until now. I bought a starter from TS (22p) and it seems to work okay. When I switch it on though both ends light up for about 5 secs and then the whole light fires up. I might get another bulb as well.

There's plenty spare at my work hee hee hee


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kellys_eye wrote:
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Get an LED replacement tube :hiding: .

A duff starter (ie a welded closed one) often shows its true colours when you remove it from a light that is turned on at the switch and the ends of the tube are glowing. The light will strike when you remove the starter.


Don't some require an alteration to the tube holder wiring?


Generally speaking a single tube fitting only requires the starter swapping for a fuse that looks like a starter. However there are loads of way to wire them up and several different types of lamps are available that are wired in different ways.

Of course if there is no starter (electronic ballast) then some wiring mods are required.


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