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October 24, 2010 12:18 PM Subscribe
Fluorescent lightbulbs. I'm trying to replace some fluorescent bulbs in my kitchen and something's not working...
posted by backwords to home & garden (12 answers total)
I noticed the other day, after I broke a panel in the ceiling, that 2 of the fluorescent bulbs that light my kitchen were out. I went to Lowe's and bought new bulbs -- 96", 1 1/2" diam, 60w. Replaced the old bulbs, but the new bulbs don't work either.
When I took one of the pair of working bulbs and put it into the non-working side, it sort of lit up, but wasn't full strength and its partner (one of the new bulbs) didn't light up at all.
A few questions:
Are fluorescent bulbs like batteries with a positive and negative side? Do I just have them in wrong?
Since they are paired, do both bulbs have to be working for them to work (does a circuit have to be completed or something)?
Is something wrong with the wiring?
Or did I just get bum bulbs at Lowe's? If so, how do I tell if they're burnt out?