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Old 05-13-2005, 03:04 AM
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Here's a situation. I accidently wired my ballasts the other day, and I blew my 13 watt bulbs out plus I blew a fuse.

Now, I rewired them, and now only one bulb will light up. It doesn't matter which socket I put the bulb in. If there are two, it will not fire. :?

I touch both ballasts, they are warm.

I have had another similar problem with a retro kit, but this time the bulb will not work in a specific socket, and only that socket.

About these situations, is the first scenario due to ballast problems? Then how come one ballast gets warm? If it didn't work, then why is it getting warm?

About the second problem, is it due to a bad connection, or overheated ballast?

(BTW: Since then, I've gone only with electronic ballasts hehehe)
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Rain-Frog,

Itís not clear to me how you have wired them (series or parallel) Here I have the wiring diagram for one tube. If you have two ballasts you have two times this wiring dagram. The supply lines are in parallel than.

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i discovered that my ballasts are both working, so something is definitely wrong with the way I wired things.

I wired the yellow wires together from the G23 sockets to go the cord.

I wired the red wires from the sockets together to the two ballasts with a wirenut. The other wires of the two ballasts were wired to the smooth wire of the power cord.

Sorry Hans, that pic didn't help me much. I'm using compacts, so only endcaps on one end.
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In basic, compacts are the same tubes only the ends are folded to getter. A G23 socket have 2 connections. Inside is built-in the starter. So basically is the connection the same as my drawing. You are making a mistake to put the two red wires to getter. Each of them must go to one ballast.

means L----yellow------[socket1]----red----[ballast1]---------------means Z

means L----yellow------[socket2]----red----[ballast2]---------------means Z

means Live parallel and means Zero also

Sorry I can"t make a proper drawing here
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yeah, i figured it out yesterday. That doesn't make any sense for some reason, because the yellows can be wired together...

thanks though. Hehehe, I neglected to read a single line to wire the two together.

BTW: That 5500 K looks more like a 10000K to me. I'm not really seeing much of a difference. (then again, i've got a 2700K over the tank too).

Personally, I like to mix the different bulbs to have a cool and a warm tube. The warm tube looks nicer on frogs with warmer colors.
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