Christ almighty .... Damn these friggin tree hugging *censored*! Take something simple and turn it into an all-day affair.
So my 96" T12 lights went out on one side of the barn the other day. It's a 2-lamp deal, so if one goes out, they all go out. So I figure since the end is as black as coal, and I think I replaced this one back in '04 after smashing one by accident, it's time for a replacement anyway. Dealt with it as long as I could, but last night I was getting pissed off not being able to see wtf I was doing, so I headed out (yet again) on the mean streets of MA for a day of sitting in traffic & getting stuck behind people who go 20 UNDER the *censored* limit ...
Went to the local big box store & grabbed a pair of 75w 3500k fluorescents to replace the 60w 4100k ones that I never liked the minute I installed them. Deal with all this bullshit traffic, get home, install them, flip the switch - of *censored* course - NOTHING. Not even a God damn flicker. Installed the other 2 bulbs in the other set on the opposite side of the barn, and they work .. although REALLY dim in the center. Come to find out that's because they cut down on the mercury in these treehugger-friendly things nowadays.
Got to run them about 20 hours before that *censored* goes away! What a joke!!
So I start shopping for ballasts. Of course, the ones I have are illegal now, so now I get to install some electronic piece of *censored* that probably won't last 2 years out in the barn to replace the ones that lasted 20 years or so.
I refuse to hit the road again today - way too pissed off. Going to buy online.
So, question of the day: You guys know anything about these stupid assed new fangled electronic ballasts? Any idea what I need to run (2) 75w F96T12 lamps?