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Kitchen Tube Light Issues.

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by NotBilly, 6 Oct 2019.

  1. NotBilly

    NotBilly

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    Hi guys. New user here.

    I've got a tube light in the kitchen which has started to annoy after so many years.

    It started flickering on and off.

    I replaced both the tube and the starter.

    It still does it.

    Sometimes iswitch the light on and nothing happens, so I twist the starter slightly sometimes to get it to come on. Even then it might switch on and off repeatedly giving me a migraine.

    What are my current options? Other than getting an electrician in.

    Cheers.
     
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  3. AndyPRK

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    You could get an led tube. About £20

    Eg brand energiser.

    Worse case replace the light unit if that still doesn’t sort it.
     
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    Have you used the correct starter, there are many types
     
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    I had one in my kitchen doing the same, problem was originally used a fat tube 65 watt, but these are no longer available, but 58 watt tubes fit and did work, then a load of solar panels fitted in the street and voltage dropped from 245 volt to 230 volt and then the problems started, the cure would be a 230 volt 58 watt ballast, but that means removing the fitting to access the screws to swap ballast, so I fitted a LED tube, they are not as bright 24 watt and 2400 lumen instead of between 5000 and 5600 lumen for a fluorescent tube with an electronic ballast, but it's an easy swap.

    Although I removed the connection to original ballast, you don't need to, all you do is fit a special starter and the LED tube the starter comes with the tube, and it saves all the messing around.
     
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    It is foolish and a waste of money to replace items when you don't know whether they are faulty or not.

    This sounds like a poor contact in the starter socket. It can be changed. With it repeatedly switching on and off you may have bought the wrong starter replacement. Put the old one back.
     
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    As AndyPRK advised, you could replace it with a LED tube.

    Some LED tubes can be used with the existing inductive ballast (but NOT an electronic ballast) and the starter is replaced with a dummy "starter", which is actually a fuse.
    However, if you have a loose starter connection, you may still have problems.

    While it is a pity that you have spent money on new devices and still have a problem, a better solution (in my opinion) would be to replace the whole unit with a LED Panel, particularly since one "tube light" in a kitchen is not much light.
    A 30 W LED Panel will provide much more light than a 36 W 1200 mm fluorescent tube, if that is what you now have.
     
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