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Old 05-12-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Fluorescent to LED replacement problem

I am converting my fluorescent lights to led. Bought Gold Stars bulbs which are an ready install. I have 2 lights on one switch and another light on a switch by itself. I installed the solo switched light and all is well with that. I have done one of the other two which are on one switch. When I turn on the single one or have it on and turn the other switch on it gets very dim. Any ideas as to why this is occurring and how to remedy?

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It seems to me that the wires are put on the switch wrong ....I would disconnect the electric power cord and try and figure out where the wires are suppose to be using 12 volt power .also you could draw a diagram of the switch and color of wires and talk with a electrician and tell them your delema.....sometimes you can get good advice from a home depot employee
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Using a multimeter, check voltages at the lights and switches. Either you are trying to draw too much power on one circuit or perhaps you have one of the lights hooked in series with the other.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #4
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Go to there web site and see if they have instructions. When I did that a couple of years ago I had to change a wire in the fixture if used two bulbs. They had detailed instructions on the web site. (I can not remember brand name now.)

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Just make sure you are by passing any fluorescent ballasts, you do not need them with the led replacements
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Thank you for the suggestions. I cut the wires coming into the fixture to the ballast and connected that to the lights. All was well for the last 7 years with the fluorescent bulbs. Voltage at light is 13.1.
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can't think of anything being wrong except to double check voltage when you turn it on. 10 - 13v will work, but led likes the voltage closer to 10, the higher the hotter will be. i replaced all tubes and bulbs it's straight forward i didn't experience issues.
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Sounds like you are running one flourescent and one LED on the same line.
And if so, I bet that's your problem.
Swap the other one out, or cut the wires to the second ballast.
LEDs and Flourescents don't play well together.
Same issue with CFLs and flourescents sometimes.

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Sounds like you are running one flourescent and one LED on the same line.
And if so, I bet that's your problem.
Swap the other one out, or cut the wires to the second ballast.
LEDs and Flourescents don't play well together.
Same issue with CFLs and flourescents sometimes.

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I think you've hit it! I missed the fact he was wiring LED and fluorescent together. Nice catch!
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Thank you Jim and others. I had thought of that also and while I hadn't hooked up the last set I had cut the wires. I have now connected all 3 sets of led lights and still have problem. Will have to have it checked out by someone more knowledgeable.
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