Problem with fixture

trixylarue(z7 NC)November 8, 2009

Hello - I purchased a fixture a few years ago that has 4 T5 bulbs and 2 HPS bulbs built into it. I had to move right after buying it and I didn't have the space for it so it sat in a closet. But now after moving again I can use it. I set it up yesterday and it worked fine all day. Today the T5's won't stay on. They go on for a few seconds then off for a while and then back on for a few seconds.

Any advise on what might be causing this and what I can do to fix it? Obviously it's no longer under warranty. Thanks.

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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Did you replace the bulbs?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 8:44PM
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trixylarue(z7 NC)

I got an e-mail today from the company suggesting it might be a bad bulb so I am going to order replacements. Hopefully that is all there is to getting this corrected. Thanks.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2009 at 9:29PM
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trixylarue(z7 NC)

Well the new bulbs made no difference. The lights still do not stay on. Any other suggestions?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 8:38AM
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penfold2(4b, MN)

I'd check the sockets to make sure they're not corroded and that the bulbs are seating properly. And I don't know how comfortable you are with this, but I would open it up and check all of the connections. That means tightening all of the wire caps and making sure none of the wires can be pulled loose. Of course you should do this when it's unplugged, if you choose to. The most difficult part may be finding a way to open the fixture.

If that does nothing, then the fluorescent ballast may need to be replaced. I bought a 4 bulb T5 ballast on ebay for $27 plus $10 shipping just to give you an idea.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 10:12AM
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trixylarue(z7 NC)

Thanks for the suggestion and you hit the nail right on the head - the most difficult part is find a way to open it!

Thanks for the info on the ballast. I was wondering howmuch that was going to cost if that needed replacing - not a bad price considering what I paid for this thing several years ago! I can live with it.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 4:20PM
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