If you've ever had a fluorescent fixture that just isn't working right, you'll appreciate this electrical tip. Changing a ballast isn't so hard if you can follow this easy step-by-step set of instructions. Fluorescent lighting is a great choice for rooms like kitchens, utility rooms, and offices. They come in 4' and 8' lengths.
The fixture supports either two or four fluorescent tubes and are powered by a ballast. This ballast sometimes goes bad and starts turning the light tubes on and off. Usually, you'll smell a tar-like smell coming from the fixture. Whe you take the cover plates off of the light and examine it, you'll likely find a tar-like substance that has oozed out. It is now apparent that it is time to change the ballast, if not the entire fixture. So here now is a simple step-by-step to help you change a ballast.