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Thread: Best flourescent tubes in the 24 inch length.

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    I was doing more digging through Philips web page. I was not able to find out exactly what type of ballast.

    I did find this stuff though:
    You mention the Home Light cool white HLCoolwhite
    According to this it requires starters.

    Can you post the product numbers for the bulbs?
    I really think it's a problem with wrong bulb with wrong ballast.
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    OK, maybe we're on to something here. Starters? What's that? Do most bulbs need starters?

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    Have you guys checked out enviro-lites?

    Check their specs:
    envirolites

    This isn't the only place to get them, it's just the first thing I pulled up on google with all their measurments. They're a little pricey [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]
    But they seem like they might be worth it if you have money to burn....
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    Starters are those little metal canisters that blink a couple times. You hardly see them these days.. Many ballasts have starters built in. Maybe call the place you go the light fixtures from and ask what kind of bulbs it will work with and also find out which kind your using? It could be a poor connection as Ozzy mentions. How many wires coming out of the ballast and what colors?

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    Well, we still have issues. The light isn't the one you linked to, Tony, it's this one: Cool White

    I'm starting to think it may have to do with the polarity. In other words, if I turn the plug the other way, it is better, but still doesn't start all the time. It's more like 60% instead of 10%. I'm going to Home Depot today at lunch and buying another plug. They're pretty cheap, so it won't be an expensive experiment. I'll probably replace the cord, too, and get a grounded three-pronger. This is a most frustrating experience since I went the route of fluorescent tubes for simplicity, not really to save money.

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    Problem solved!!!

    It was the ungrounded, unpolarized power cord. I switched in a grounded plug and it works great! Thanks to everyone for their help, especially you Tony for the lighting 101 lesson. I'll save that and keep it.

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