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T5 problem with ballast or bulb?

All I know about flourescent lights would fit in a thimble. I have a 30" Nova extreme that will only flicker on for a minute when you hit the power switch. Would that be because the ballast or one of the bulbs has gone out?
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Is there one or multiple bulbs in this fixture? Most likely it is the ballast, but you could buy a new bulb and check for yourself. If there are multiple bulbs and they all flicker, then I'd say it is the ballast that's bad.
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How old are the bulbs and what brand are they? How old is the fixture?

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The fixture is less then a year old - it has 2 24watt bulbs. the bulbs came with the fixture I will have to wait until I am home to get the brand name. They came with the buld a 6700 and a 10,000. I have 2 48" fixtures with the same bulbs that are running fine they are a little older. I was just going to order new bulbs. the ballast is a 43.00 part and bulbs are 13.00 a piece the whole fixture runs abou 64.00.. hmm..do I buy a new one or piece this on togeather....
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Try contacting the company. Just give them a call or email and they might help you with the replacement parts.

www.current-usa.com
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Email: info@current-usa.com
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Try contacting the company. Just give them a call or email and they might help you with the replacement parts.

www.current-usa.com
Ph: 760-727-7011
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+1. If it's less than a year old, they'll work with you. They've been pretty responsive to me in the past.
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Thanks I will do that. I don't know why that didn't occur to me.
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Depends on the fixture, my T5 48" fixture only works with 2 good bulbs in it. If either goes bad they both go out and stay out until I replace the bad bulb. Pretty typical for multiple bulb flourescent fixtures.

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Yes, some fixtures need to have both bulbs working properly in order to work at all.

It sounds like your bulbs burnt out. I suggest replacing them with higher quality bulbs, i.e. Giesseman Midday bulbs.

Either way contact Current and let them know. Bulbs shouldn't burn out in less than a year.

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