Thats what I'm planning on, you replace the ballast with a transformer for the 
LED. Doesn't look hard at all, its designed for folks who don't know much about 
electricity.
-Curt

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I really want some of those for my garage, as I'm tired of replacing bulbs and 
hassling with ballasts that puke after 3-4 years.  Someone was talking about 
just doing lamps a while back, but IIRC it required rewiring the fixtures.

Dan

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> On Sep 19, 2016, at 2:19 PM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> I bought some of the LED "shop lights" from Costco a few weeks back and put 
> them in the garage.  Those things put out some really good light, maybe more 
> than the tubes, were like $25 each, come on immediately, are in a format just 
> like the 4ft tube fixtures. They weigh nothing so easy to hang.  I might get 
> some more to replace the tube fixtures I have in there.
> 
> --FT
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> 
>> On 9/19/16 10:54 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes wrote:
>> 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
>> 
>>      From: archer75--- via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
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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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