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fluorescent starter?

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I've opened up a few lights and wonder how come they don't have starters in them. Should there be?

They look something like this.

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Only older fixtures use these, I thinks... Most use other circuits to do this process(build up voltage and then close the circuit).
if you have the old technology preheat etc etc you would need a starter

most "newer" rapid start or electronic start ballasts no longer need them
Magnetic ballasts need a starter. You'll still find them a lot in older office buildings etc. Most fixtures sold nowadays come with (way superior) electronic ballasts that don't need a starter.
I hated the flickering you got when turning on a light with those old school ballasts. Newer electronic ballasts are so much better.
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