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Old 09-11-2010, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fluorescent fixture hanging/electrical connection...

I am installing some 48" T8 fluorescent fixtures in the garage. The sticker inside of them says not to make the electrical connections inside the fixture. However, there is plenty of room to do so and I can not see how it would be unsafe. What is the reasoning behind that?

If you are wondering I bought a bunch of wall mounted wire channel to wire up the lights and there would be no junction boxes in the ceiling for the fixtures.

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I don't recall seeing that in any fixtures I've installed and I've installed thousands. What brand are they, where did you get them, post up some pics or cut sheets on them.
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I don't recall seeing that in any fixtures I've installed and I've installed thousands. What brand are they, where did you get them, post up some pics or cut sheets on them.
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I put some of those up 3 months ago, saw the warning, ignored it. Made my connections away from the tubes, used the right twisties and zip tied the wires. No problems...
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If these fixtures have the ballast and wiring exposed, with no sheet metal cover or center channel I would heed that warning. The UV exposure from the lamps will degrade the insulation on the romex, the zipties, and the wirenuts.
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If these fixtures have the ballast and wiring exposed, with no sheet metal cover or center channel I would heed that warning. The UV exposure from the lamps will degrade the insulation on the romex, the zipties, and the wirenuts.
I can understand that. I also can fix that if all it needs is some cover.
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I am about to tackle this and I realized that fishing wire through the ceiling may be possible. The entire ceiling is made up of 20" tall floor trusses. The portion above the garage is insulated, but it should be easiest enough to push some wires through there.

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As it is your place do what works for you.

These ballasts will over time go bad just make it easier on yourself to swap out the fixtures.

The ones I have been buying the all temperature ones made by Simkar corp WWW.SIMKAR.COM good to 0 degrees F

They come prewired with a plug and a pull chain so I just put outlets on the ceiling and a switch to control the circuit .

If one dies it is a simple matter to swap it out with a good one.
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