Fluorescent light fixtures are produced for both hard ceiling and drop ceiling installations. Installation techniques are different for each type. These instructions focus on installation of fluorescent light fixtures in regular ceilings, with attachment to the framework by wood screws. The process is likely to take an afternoon.Know More
Turn off the power to the circuit from the main electrical box. Test with a non-contact voltage tester. Don't proceed until you are sure the power is off.
Mark the area where you wish to install the fixture. Using a stud finder, locate the edges of two adjacent rafters. Using the edges of these rafters as guidelines, mark the shape of the cutout appropriate for your fixture. Start the cut by drilling 1-inch holes in each corner of the mark. Use a keyhole saw or portable jigsaw to complete the cut. Attach the housing to the adjacent rafters.
Feed the wiring through the connector on the fixture, leaving approximately 12 inches hanging down. Shave the wiring insulation to reveal 1/2 inch of the circuit wires on both the black and white wires. Connect to the corresponding black and white wires on the fixture, and cap off with plastic wire nuts. Wrap the ground wire around the grounding screw and tighten. Insert the light, and snap the trim and light cover in place.
To troubleshoot fluorescent light fixtures, test the power supply, check the bulbs and replace the bulb retainers. Fluorescent light bulbs typically have a lifespan of between 8,000 and 15,000 hours.Full Answer >
If a fluorescent light is flickering, has trouble starting or only lights up partially, a fluorescent starter may need replacement, according to The Family Handyman. The twofold replacement process consists of the light tube removal, followed by the light starter removal; the process often requires only a ladder. Depending on the fixture design, a screwdriver may also be needed.Full Answer >
Replacing a fluorescent light bulb can be intimidating due to the size and shape of the bulbs. With a gentle touch, the task can be accomplished in just a short time.Full Answer >
Finding the right ballast for a fluorescent light requires knowing the number and type of fluorescent bulbs in the fixture and the voltage the fixture uses. Using this information, the installer can select a ballast compatible with the type, number of lamps and voltage.Full Answer >