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My First Fluorescent Fixture: F15T8 Philips Alto on a Lithonia Fixture

My First Fluorescent Fixture: F15T8 Philips Alto on a Lithonia Fixture

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Here is my first fluorescent fixture that I successfully put together today. Thank you to Nicksfans for his help with choosing this fixture and his advice on putting it together!

This fixture uses a preheat ballast that makes the lamp blink and "ping" a few times before starting up. This was a great way to introduce myself to building fluorescent installations!

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Lithonia Lighting
Lamp
Lamp Type:F15T8 Fluorescent Lamp
Base:T8
Service Life:7500 Hours (Lamp)
Fixture
Location:South Carolina
Electrical
Wattage:15 Watts
Voltage:120 Volts
Current:60 Hz
Optical
Lumen Output:870 Lumens
Color Temperature:4100K
Color Rendering Index:62
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Poland (Lamp)
Fabrication Date:Recent
Application/Use:Fluorescent light fixture for kitchens or other indoor areas.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 07:03 PM Author: sol
I'm sure you're going to love it !

By the way, in a matter of accuracy, it is the starter that makes the pinging noise, not the ballast. However, if the ballast is not properly mounted or if it has slightly loose windings or plates, it can make sort of a thumping sound when the starter makes its pinging sound.

You'll also notice that different brands of starters have different pinging sounds. Some ping in a higher pitch while others ping in a lower pitch. I prefer the lower pitch.
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Aug 15, 2019 at 07:06 PM Author: CEB1993

I'm sure you're going to love it !

By the way, in a matter of accuracy, it is the starter that makes the pinging noise, not the ballast. However, if the ballast is not properly mounted or if it has slightly loose windings or plates, it can make sort of a thumping sound when the starter makes its pinging sound.

You'll also notice that different brands of starters have different pinging sounds. Some ping in a higher pitch while others ping in a lower pitch. I prefer the lower pitch.



Hi Sol, thank you for the info. My grandparents have one of these preheat F15T8/T12 fixtures that is not working. After building my own here, I might be able to diagnose the problem with theirs. I'm guessing a bad starter or ballast. I might install mine here for them if I can't find any replacement parts.

Philips DuraMax and GE Miser forever!  Classic incandescents are the best incandescents!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 07:15 PM Author: Powergroove
Excellent, and congratulations on your first fluorescent.

Keep government out of the lighting industry.

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Aug 15, 2019 at 07:17 PM Author: sol
First, try a new lamp and a new starter. These ballasts rarely go bad. Before replacing the ballast, check every connection point (where the mains come in, where the starter socket is wired, all connections on lamp holders, etc). You might also have a defective switch or a blown fuse/tripped breaker.

Any hardware store should have the parts you need. The starter should be FS-2.
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Aug 15, 2019 at 07:23 PM Author: CEB1993

First, try a new lamp and a new starter. These ballasts rarely go bad. Before replacing the ballast, check every connection point (where the mains come in, where the starter socket is wired, all connections on lamp holders, etc). You might also have a defective switch or a blown fuse/tripped breaker.

Any hardware store should have the parts you need. The starter should be FS-2.


Thanks sol! I'll put an FS-2 starter on my shopping list!

Philips DuraMax and GE Miser forever!  Classic incandescents are the best incandescents!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 08:19 PM Author: ace100w120v
Welcome to the fluorescent world! I think my first fixture (long gone) was an American Fluorescent 2x40 shop light with the Advance BenchLite NPF rapid start ballast and '94 Sylvania Workshop F40 lamps. (also long gone now).
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