First, we (my husband and I) are NOT electricians but have as homeowners (& one time ownerbuilders) taken on a few little electrical things, like, old light switches, installing under cabinet lights, etc. Weâ€™re now renting and have put up a couple of fluorescent lights, in a series, and connected to the overhead light in a main floor work room.
We then decided to put a single fluorescent fixture (the exact same brand as used upstairs) in a downstairs office. Weâ€™re now on the 4th unit! Each time we install the fixture, about 1-2 weeks later it just stops working one morning. Weâ€™ve tested the bulbs from the non-working unit in the fully working, upstairs unit and they are fine. We, and the electrical store where we purchased the fixtures from, concluded with the first 2 units that the ballasts must have been defective! (hum-m-m â€¦ thinking maybe not, now.) Weâ€™ve tested the outlet that the light plugs into and the grounds are reading â€˜correctâ€™ using a little meter. And, there is other equipment on the same outlet as the fluorescent fixture that is working and has always worked fine through this whole ordeal. Thinking we may have run into some metal, like ductwork, when screwing the unit into the ceiling, we tested the screws that hold the unit into the ceiling and they are reading .5 without the unit plugged in and 1.5 with the unit plugged in. Weâ€™ve used a volt sensor gadget over the ceiling and walls and get readings beeping in places we wouldnâ€™t expect, like, spans of 1-2 feet and then no reading within an inch in a full 360 degree â€˜aroundâ€™ the outlet! And, there are no other electrical problems in the room. - - Iâ€™d appreciate any ideas to get the next fluorescent unit to work â€¦ and finally be done with this. Let me know what more information you may need. Thank you so much. Ginni