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Thread: Flourescent Lamp construction
11-18-2009, 01:48 PM #1
Flourescent Lamp construction
Anyone ever put one together from scratch? Would it just be easier to buy the whole shibang and do away with the metal box or could I find the parts and wire it myself much cheaper?
What exactly would I need? It seems I need:
1) A switch to the current from the house
2) A ballast to control that current
3) A Fluorescent tube
4) A Starter
Wired together like this no?
Are there any other concerns I don't know about (i'm mostly an electrical jong). Are there good changes of electrifying myself, or burning my house down doing this on my own?
I'll post a picture of what I'm doing when I'm done, I think it will be cool.
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11-18-2009, 02:14 PM #2
I've found that a complete fixture from some discount store is far cheaper than buying parts.
11-18-2009, 03:04 PM #3King of the Tilt
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I wish i could be like SkiFishBum
11-18-2009, 08:11 PM #4
It's kinda easy to just buy one (get T8 bulbs at 55K and an electronic ballast with a silver reflector instead of powdercoat white). But if you're all DIY, you forgot to list tombstones. That's the little white ceramic-like pieces the bulbs screw into that are held in place by that other component not mentioned - a fixture.
11-19-2009, 05:56 AM #5
11-19-2009, 10:58 AM #6
Without knowing what you are trying to do- there are a bunch of different styles and designs for light fixtures. Some are fluorescent, some using standard screw in type light sockets (which you can get low energy fluorescent bulbs for also. There is a purpose to the metal box- especially if you have the big ballast power sources for the long standard tubes. I am no electrical light expert, but do know that there are things like the UL (Underwriters Labs) and the like that test and work with companies to design something that will be safer for use and not a fire hazard. Go ahead and purchase the parts if you think you can learn enough to put them together in a manner that they will work, let alone work safely and not be a fire hazard.
11-19-2009, 12:37 PM #7Registered User
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If you have a Habitat for Humanity that is where I would look. I bought 4-4tube cases last year for my shop for $10ea.
11-19-2009, 09:07 PM #8
Last edited by splat; 11-19-2009 at 09:25 PM.
11-19-2009, 09:17 PM #9
I have not found that a replacement ballast + tombstone is cheaper than the entire fixture! I find this unbelievable, but true.