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Old 07-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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Before I break something..

I have a fluorescent light fixture in the bedroom of my 2005 Inspire that is not working. I have checked the switch and bulbs and they are fine. I figure the next thing to check would be the ballast. I removed all the screws around the perimeter of the fixture and can't get the fixture to come out. is there anything else I need to remove or just force it? It seems pretty tight like there is something else to remove but I don't see anything.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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Did you remove the bulbs and the center cover over the ballast? Sometime the manufacturers put screws under the ballast cover.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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I removed the bulbs but have had trouble getting the ballast cover off. Any tips on that?
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I removed the bulbs but have had trouble getting the ballast cover off. Any tips on that?
Most ballast covers you just pinch them together and they pull right out.
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On the one fixture that I worked on over my sink, the ballast cover is held by metal tabs on the edges. Just squeeze the cover and it should come off. My fixture was not held in by anything except friction and the wooden/lens cover.

When my ballast went bad, I replaced the ballast and bulbs with LED strips with adhesive backing. Just as bright and I hope I never have to replace the 'bulbs'.
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Instead of replacing the ballast, why not replace the bulbs and ballast with a led bulb strip. You would never have to replace anything again. These ballast are not that great and the life of a led is about 40 thousand hours. Also you can replace the ballast without removing the light.
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Instead of replacing the ballast, why not replace the bulbs and ballast with a led bulb strip. You would never have to replace anything again. These ballast are not that great and the life of a led is about 40 thousand hours. Also you can replace the ballast without removing the light.
Tell me more. One of the four 15" flourescent fixtures in one of the overhead lights is not working. The bulb is fine. Can all the flourescent fixtures be replaced with one long led strip?
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Tell me more. One of the four 15" flourescent fixtures in one of the overhead lights is not working. The bulb is fine. Can all the flourescent fixtures be replaced with one long led strip?
Yes! They make kits that are designed to replace the bulbs and ballast in 12V flourescent lights. The bulbs are strip lights that have sticky backing and just press in place. You just splice in a couple of wires and you are good to go. You can find them on line.
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I have a fluorescent light fixture in the bedroom of my 2005 Inspire that is not working. I have checked the switch and bulbs and they are fine. I figure the next thing to check would be the ballast. I removed all the screws around the perimeter of the fixture and can't get the fixture to come out. is there anything else I need to remove or just force it? It seems pretty tight like there is something else to remove but I don't see anything.
. You would call it a pressure fit. After the four screws are removed slip something flat between the ceiling and light fixture and pry out. I have done this's my times.
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apollocat is correct. I had a very difficult time getting them unstuck from the ceiling without ripping the material. Use a plastic squeegee or something and I had to pound it in between the fixture and ceiling and then add another close to it. I replaced all the bulbs with LED strips in my Inspire.
( Inexpensive Fluorescent to LED Upgrade)
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