How do I replace the ballast in my fluorescent light?

Just follow these steps:

  • Turn off the electricity to the lights at the breaker box. Don’t just turn the lights off at the light switch.
  • Carefully position a step ladder under the fixture.
  • Remove the light cover.
  • Remove the fluorescent tube(s) and carefully set aside.
  • Remove the metal cover in the middle of the fixture.
  • Unwire the hot wire, then the ground wire.
  • Unscrew the ballast and remove it.
  • Replace the ballast, then replace the metal cover.
  • Put your fluorescent tubes in and replace the cover.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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