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Taffy3
Kitchen light

The ballast went out on a kitchen fluorescent light, 4-48" tubes. I'm thinking of replacing it with track lighting, but I'm not sure if they would produce enough light. The kitchen is about 9'x16', this light is over the sink, a ceiling fan & light are over the table at the other end.

Looking at track lighting in a store, it doesn't seem like they produce a lot of light. It's more directed than ambient light from the fluorescent light.

Any suggestions/recommendations?
Thanks

dj1
Re: Kitchen light

For good lighting at low cost, stay with fluorescent - replace the fixtures, not the ballasts.

Condoman
Re: Kitchen light

I always lean toward any light that does not produce lots of heat. Fluorescent and LED's are great for this.

Taffy3
Re: Kitchen light

A new light at Home Depot is $120, but they don't carry the ballast. They only had commercial rated, not residential, but those were only $30. Lowe's is $130 for the same kind of light.

dj1
Re: Kitchen light

If you have an old fixture, you probably have MAGNETIC BALLASTS, which are phased out (but still available on line). They were replaced by ELECTRONIC BALLASTS, which are sold in most big stores and on line.

If your fixtures are covered and not visible, and if you want to save money, buy shop lights. Hey, you don't see the fixtures under the plastic covers, and they are cheap, so why not?

Fencepost
Re: Kitchen light

The main difference between commercial and residential ballasts is that the residential ballasts tend to be quieter and produce less radio frequency interference. It's one of the few items made where the residential model is better than commercial.

If you do replace the ballast, I recommend getting one for T-8 tubes rather than T-12. The sockets are the same. T-8 tubes are more efficient and produce more light.

Taffy3
Re: Kitchen light

Thanks, I'll just find a ballast and replace it.

Taffy3
Re: Kitchen light

Found the ballast at Lowe's for $20. Took about 30 minutes, if that, to replace the old one.

dj1
Re: Kitchen light

Is it a magnetic or electronic ballast?
What sort of tubes do you have?

Taffy3
Re: Kitchen light

T8 tubes, 48", 4 tubes. Electronic ballast, as I recall. Had a heck of a time finding it, going to 3 hardware stores & Home Depot. Lowe's is 12 miles from my house, but they had it.

Re: Kitchen light

If you don't want to pay much keep using your Fluorescent fixture, but the best now is LED lighting in terms of
Durability, energy efficiency and color quality.

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