What are the signs of a bad ballast?

What are the signs of a bad ballast?

If your fluorescent lighting is displaying any of the signs below, it could be a symptom of a bad ballast:

  • Flickering.
  • Buzzing.
  • Delayed start.
  • Low output.
  • Inconsistent lighting levels.
  • Switch to an electronic ballast, keep lamp.
  • Switch to an electronic ballast, switch to a T8 fluorescent.

What is a street light ballast?

A ballast regulates the current to the lamps and provides sufficient voltage to start the lamps. Lamps have no regulator and can draw too much or too little power on their own. The ballast makes sure that the amount of current being provided to the lamp is not more than the specification of the light.

How do you bypass a street light ballast?

On the surface, performing a ballast bypass seems simple:

  1. Turn Off the Mains Power.
  2. Locate The Ballast On The fluorescent Light Fixture.
  3. Cut The Hot And Neutral wires.
  4. Cut Socket Wires.
  5. Remove The Ballast.
  6. Reconnect The Wires.

Do LED lights use a ballast?

No LED bulbs require a ballast, although some are engineered to work with an existing ballast. You will find ballast-compatible or “plug-and-play” LEDs that are designed to replace linear fluorescents, compact fluorescents, or HIDs. Incandescent and halogen lamps do not require a ballast.

How much would an electrician charge to change a ballast?

A replacement ballast costs about $10-25 depending on capacity and brand. The bite is that an electrician trip charge (which includes 30 or 60 minutes work) is going to be $75-150 probably – for about 5 minutes work on each light fixture.

How difficult is it to change a ballast?

The ballast takes in electricity and then regulates current to the bulbs. A typical ballast will generally last about 20 years, but cold environments and bad bulbs can decrease this lifespan significantly. You can get a new ballast at a hardware store or home center and install it in about 10 minutes.