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    Hooking up a balast 101

    This is for the light experts...

    I received my 6 bulb T5 light system today began putting it together. Being such a newbie, I have no idea how to hook these ballasts up. Can I just remove the light socket in the ceiling and the proper hookups should be up there? Or is this a whole mess where I will have to call my local electrician?





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    whites to white, blacks to black and green to the metal housing of the fixture

    looks like your fixture is a 6 bulb with 2 ballasts

    most people just hook up a regular cord from an old monitor or computer so they can plug it in (much safer for the newbie as well)

    no prob in wiring it to your light box though.... just not typically done that way in our application

    (unless you have both the male and female ends, you would probably will have to remove the cute lil yellow quick connects and use standard wire nuts)

    Legal disclaimer: of course you should always call a qualified electrician, my advice is purely academic

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    Quick, silly question (before someone else explains what to do) - you ordered the 120V version & not the 277V - right?
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    Thanks Av8,
    Yes it is a 6 bulb with 2 ballast.

    Ok so here is what I thought I should do.
    Turn off power at the box; unplug the light socket at where the 2 black plastic fittings are; plug in the ballast where the light socket used to be.

    If the cables dont reach would my local Lowe's carry extensions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Quick, silly question (before someone else explains what to do) - you ordered the 120V version & not the 277V - right?
    The box reads multivolt ballast (120/208/240/277)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Quick, silly question (before someone else explains what to do) - you ordered the 120V version & not the 277V - right?

    hehehe Ron, its a univeral ballast.... it dont care mate :P

    ron is messin with ya french

    yes, just go to the electrical isle and ask for help... 14/2 or 12/2 with ground would be plenty

    just be sure and ground it ok.... :P

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    Hey ron... deep thought question for ya

    you have 3 ceiling lights in the attic, and 3 wall switches on the ground floor... you are alone and can only make one trip to the attic.

    How can you identify which switch is for which light



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    French.... there are loads of videos online about the subject

    http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/vi...ures-229363_9/

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    Beat to the punch! I asked Butch about those connectors a while ago when I got my new lights. I've been meaning for a while to post a pic thread on how I wired mine; I still haven't dug my camera out of my moving boxes, though.
    Basically I just matched black-to-black, white-to-white, and attached the ground to the green grounding screw that's on the other side of the slide-out access panel.
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    dont mean to but in , but click and clack the car talk guys on PBS pondered this question, but i never got the answere , so Av8tor please dont leave us hanging i havent been able to figure it out ,
    Is it a riddle?
    or an m i a pea brain.
    Ron did you get it ,which fan which switch?

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    Jimmy,

    You turn one light on and let it burn for 15 mins or so, then turn it off. Then turn a different light on. Now run upstairs real quick.

    You will find one bulb burning, one bulb off but hot, one bulb off and cold

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