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Help wiring ballast in Coralife.....?

Ok, I'm not "New" to electrical, I think I understand, but would appreciate some backup/guidance.....

Needing to wire a new workhorse 3 ballast into a single 65W Coralife.

Here's the fulham workhorse diagram:




Power to the ballast--I got that part! 2-wires to 2 wires--yipee-yahoo!

Problem is with the power from the ballast to the light bulb. 3-wires coming out of ballast (2 red, 1 yellow), 4-wires coming out of the light socket. Geewhiz, boss.......


The diagram above looks like 1 red wire and 1 yellow wire to the socket and then each jumpered to the "next" spot. I cannot tell what's done with the "Extra" red-wire....Is it tied into the other red wire? If so, why don't I just connect both? If not, then its just capped, right?


Sheesh, help a fella out here.......


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ok,set of 2 wires from the socket goes to one wire on the ballast.
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Ok, I think that makes sense.....

This is what I've done:

Wired up the power to the ballast--NP.

Wired 1-red and 1-yellow to the socket--it works!

then

Wired 2-red and 1-yellow to the socket--it works!

then

Wired 2-red and 1-yellow to the socket and jumpered the 1-yellow over to the "blank"/next spot--it works!

I guess I am going to leave it with 3-wires and the jumper, so please let me know if that's Good, a fire-hazard or what........???

Seems to work fine regardless of how I wire it. But this way--all 4 spots on the socket are getting juice and there are no "extra" wires.....

I hate "extra" nuts, bolts, wires.........


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yeah, it works either way.
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But how I have it wired up is safe,.........right?


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Wired 2-red and 1-yellow to the socket and jumpered the 1-yellow over to the "blank"/next spot--it works!


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I guess it is hard to describe in words but from what I am reading, you did what the diagram shows. And thats how it should be and thus safe.

To be clear, you combine the red wires first, then attached to the combine wires from the endcap?
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