I have a similar problem with a 2 bulb unit in our kitchen, in our case I think 
its the bulbs since they came with the house when we bought it 10 years ago. My 
plan is to replace them with LEDs but since we almost never use the big 
fluorescent fixture I'm also thinking I might replace the whole thing with a 
much smaller fixture and move the big fixture into the basement. I'd still 
replace the tubes with LED tubes though...
-Curt

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 Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:42 AM
 Subject: [MBZ] Strange effect
   
2 years ago I replaced he transformers in the four tube light assembly over the 
sink. The last few weeks sometimes one, sometimes two of the bulbs on the same 
shared transformer didn't come on until I twisted one of them in its sockets.
Yesterday I found that just touching the glass in the middle of the tube was 
all that was needed to make it come on. I've done that repeatedly and every 
time the tube(s) light up as bright as usual.
The only thing I can think of is some sort of capacitance effect that lets weak 
voltage/amperage from the dying transformer ionize enough of the gas to 
complete the circuit.
The primary cause is probably the Chinese transformer from Home Depot since 
neither of the new bulbs is affected.
Gerry

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