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Apr 28, 2018 3:26 PM CST
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Name: Audrey
Pennsylvania (Zone 5b)
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I use fluorescent shop lights as grow lights, and one of the new ones suddenly started blinking on and off today. Not just flickering, actually blinking on and off. I've gotten pretty frustrated with the Walmart shop lights before because the holes that you put the hooks in are too close to the wires, but this one did seem to be working okay right after I hung it.

Our power went off briefly once today. But, since all the older shop lights came back on, I don't understand why this one didn't do so as well. Anybody have any ideas? I've already tried unplugging and replugging it, monkeying with the bulbs, etc. All of the other lights plugged into the same strip still are working, so it isn't the strip or timer that is at fault.
Apr 28, 2018 5:42 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Either needs new bulbs, try by removing both and reinsert OR it may need a new ballast.
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Apr 28, 2018 7:02 PM CST
Name: Carol
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I have been told to replace both bulbs when one in a double fixture goes out.
Apr 28, 2018 7:12 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Where the bulbs also new? Or just the ballast? If the bulbs are also new, is the ballast hot when it blinks off?
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Apr 28, 2018 8:59 PM CST
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Name: Audrey
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Thanks for the comments. The bulbs were new too, so they can't be the problem. (When I say "new," I mean that the light has been working for at least a month or so since I bought it.) The light eventually stopped blinking and isn't working at all now, but didn't feel hot when I touched it at the time. I'll probably have to return it, provided that I can find the receipt. It could at least have waited for a couple weeks or so until the weather would be warm enough for me to move all the plants outdoors!
Apr 29, 2018 11:15 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Tough break. Sure seems like damaged goods that they should make good on.
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