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Re: shop lights

Hmmm....I didn't look inside.  I think I've had these for various lengths of
time, 5 to 15 years.  Cheapies, about $10.
I just looked at WalMart; they have 3 kinds from $8 to $15, and they all say
electronic.  One reads: "cold-start electronic ballast".
I doubt I'd no haow to change the ballast anyway.  Just wondering why one
might last 20 years while another only a few years.
Which is better aluminium or electronic?  Or does it matter now since
electronic is all that seems to be available?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy birthday Marge + a bit of catch up

> Kitty wrote:
> > Over the last couple of years several of my fluoresent shop lights have
> > on me.  I just threw out 3 more last week and 2 of the ones I'm still
> > only have one side that works.  I wonder why they crap out like that.
> > ones in the garage have been going fine for 15-20 years.
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Are the ballasts the old-fashioned kind (ones with the small cylindrical
> aluminum starters) or the newer electronic ones without starters ? If the
> former, have you tried changing starters ? If the latter, likely new
> ballast(s) are required. I've never had to get a new electronic type, only
> change *to* them from the old.
> -jrf
> -- 
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]
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