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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by David Naylor, Nov 5, 2006.

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  1. David Naylor

    David Naylor Guest

    I have an art Deco Medicine cabinet that has two floresant lamps on it,
    that we want to use in a remodel old style bath room. These light works
    fine but are psuh to start lights. one switch starts both lamps. My
    question is! Is there any way that anyone knows to convert from push
    stat to auto start either with starters of new balast???Not really a big
    deal but would like it if they started from a wall switch rather than
    push buttom on unit....
  2. Baron

    Baron Guest

    I'm guessing that they are just low wattage fluorescent tubes with a
    push to make button ! In that case I would just replace the button
    with an appropriate size starter. Just make sure that the metal case is
    well earthed !
  3. Look in Wal*Mart for a similar style but with a starter. It's the starter
    that is the problem (manual), not the ballast.
  4. David Naylor

    David Naylor Guest

    can you still buy starter sockets???
  5. Baron

    Baron Guest

    Certainly you can ! here in the UK at least !
  6. Guest

    Try any hardware store electrical dept. You may have to buy one as
    part of a set of sockets, with the starter socket screwed to the side
    of one of the sockets for the lamp itself. The pushbutton that came
    with the lamps is actually two momentary closed contacts that are
    electrically separate, one in each lamp circuit.

    H. R. (Bob) Hofmann
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