An Easy Fluorescent Light Fix

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A few weeks ago our fluorescent light in the laundry suddenly stopped working.
Since it was right before a holiday I was under some pressure to get it fixed ASAP. Especially since dirty clothes were piling up.
It turns out the ballast was the culprit. This is a super easy fix and I wanted to share it with you so that you can save some money doing it yourself.
This kind of repair could cost $75 - I know because I've written checks out to electricians for this amount. They have always done a great job but sometimes it's nice to save that money for the grocery bill.
After reading my post and watching the video you'll be able to add another skill to your DIY repertoire.
You can find them both at the link below
Do you have your own electrical repair suggestions?
Add them to the comments section so we can all learn from you :)
Thanks as always for dropping in.
Replacing a ballast is super easy and will save you $75 to $90
Test the ballast for power at the using a voltage detector. Do this at the power source and at the wires going to the bulbs.
Remove fluorescent light bulbs before removing the fixture
Loosen the junction box screws but don't remove them the entire way
Take a picture of your wiring
Trim kinked wires and strip the insulation 3/4 of an inch
Install the new ballast like your removed the old one-with screws

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  • Cor1382303 Cor1382303 on Aug 26, 2015
    Oh wow, so that's how you would do a fluorescent light fixing. That's actually something that I'm somewhat struggling with at the moment. Mostly with the wires so far my wife has been talking to the electrician to guide on how to do the wiring. <a href='' ></a>

  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Jan 23, 2018
    Love your pics! So nice to see you smiling. My husband would have been scoffing the entire time. ( assuming he did it).