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Lighting EMERGENCY! - Problem Solved <3
    #11057 - 04/23/08 11:16 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Oddly enough, my ballast crapped out while I was in the room...what are the chances?

Nothing major, just stopped working.
Thank god no fire :awesome:

I have plenty of other ballasts on hand
But they are all wired for 220.

I took one apart and compared it to the dead one
the only difference is the wire going to the power
is labeled 110 in the old ballast and
is labeled 220 in the new ballast

If i switch the new ballast wire to the 110 wire
will my house burn down?


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11064 - 04/23/08 11:19 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

does the ballast have a 110 wire in it?? i know all of my ballast have mutli volt wires..


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: CaptainKirk]
    #11066 - 04/23/08 11:20 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

yeah that's what i am proposing.

switching it from the 220 wire to the 110 wire

is that all i have to do to convert it?

Thanks!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11067 - 04/23/08 11:21 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I wouldn't chance it. Unless it's a multi-voltage ballast (in which case it would have a labeled plate inside saying something like 110/220/480 etc..), then doubling the input voltage would likely fry it.

Then again, I'm no electrical engineer, so take that with a grain of salt if you dare.


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11071 - 04/23/08 11:23 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I wouldn't chance it. Unless it's a multi-voltage ballast (in which case it would have a label on the name plate saying something like 110/220/480 etc..), then doubling the input voltage would likely fry it.

Then again, take that with a grain of salt, I'm just a rocket scientist, not an electrician.


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #11072 - 04/23/08 11:23 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

yeah it has a sticker

it's practically brand new.


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11073 - 04/23/08 11:23 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

yeah your good if it has a wire marked 110 inside the ballast .:)


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: CaptainKirk]
    #11074 - 04/23/08 11:24 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Sorry 120, i'll take some pictures.


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11077 - 04/23/08 11:27 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

110 is 120 volts im pretty sure..


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11080 - 04/23/08 11:28 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

oh, so you're downsizing the wire? I read the first post wrong I guess.

In that case I would think you'd be fine.


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: CaptainKirk]
    #11095 - 04/23/08 11:40 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah downsizing.

Upon closer inspection...the wire that is connected now says 240, I'm going to switch it to the 120.

I wonder about the ground...

Hmmmm, i really want to get my light back on, but i dont want to electrocute myself when i plug it in - or burn my house down

what a dilemma...


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11106 - 04/23/08 11:45 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

LOL, there is a diagram on the transformer,
Sheesh, I should have just opened my eyes and shut my errr...keyboard :foreheadslap:


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11108 - 04/23/08 11:46 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

you will be fine .... just make sure you have wire nuts or something safe for your connections...  :thumbup:

  the ground wire in the ballest goes to the ground  wire in your cord...


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11131 - 04/23/08 11:56 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Yup I have those twist on caps.

I just have to change the plug now...

Fingers Crossed!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11184 - 04/24/08 12:20 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I HAVE LIGHTS!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11197 - 04/24/08 12:29 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

:smile2: yeaaaaa  i knew you could do it!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11200 - 04/24/08 12:30 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Congrat's! :grin:


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: fondacox]
    #11212 - 04/24/08 12:46 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Good Work!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: End Game]
    #11402 - 04/24/08 02:21 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Word!


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Re: Lighting EMERGENCY! [Re: CaptainKirk]
    #11797 - 04/24/08 08:54 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Well Fuck, now I keep blowing the fuse...

I really need to re-wire those outlets in that room...but I am scared of getting died.

They are on separate fuses, so really it is the correct solution

Anyone have any tips on how not to get electrocuted? Besides turning the breaker off? Maybe I should buy one of those live wire testers are well?

BTW, my breaker box isn't labeled so i won't know if it's off...


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