the traditional lighting system is fast being overtaken by the fluorescent tube light system. This is mainly because the latter system has a low luminous intensity hence offering better light distribution throughout a room unlike the former system. Fluorescent tube lighting system is also widely preferred due to the fact that it is very energy efficient hence saving a lot on frugal power bills and maintenance costs. Migrating from the traditional lighting means to this new technology is hence inevitable to anyone.
Below are a few guidelines on how to start using fluorescent tube lighting in your home.
Tips for installing Fluorescent tube lighting
*the first step before installing this new system is to learn some of its basic components. As you will realize, a fluorescent tube light bulb is made up of three main components namely; the starter, the ballast and the tube. As you will observe, in some cases the starter comes as a separate component while in other cases it is normally found integrated in the ballast. Learning the basic fluorescent tube 'physiology' will help you a lot in installing or carrying out any basic maintenance on your lighting system.
*Now we move on to replacing your old lighting system. To do this, you need to ensure that the main switch is turned off. You may need some basic tools such as a wire stripper, wire cutter, bolts and nuts, a screw driver and wires for the whole process.
*Once you remove the old bulbs, you will require removing the base reflector that encloses the ballast and the wiring system. Normally this process is quite simple; you can use a screw driver for this job.
At this juncture you need to get rid of the starter and the ballast. Usually the ballast has two screws that hold it; you just need to unscrew them before disposing it off. Afterwards, connect the remaining wire to form a complete circuit.
*Once you are done, fix the base reflector back to its position so as to cover the wiring and provide an allowance for you to insert the tube light.
*During the installation, ensure that you are conversant with the bottom and top ends so as to fix them on to the circuit likewise. If you find it hard identifying this, consult the instruction manual as provided by the manufacturer.
*After you have properly inserted the tube light, you now need to turn on the main switch. If you got the whole process right, then the tube light will give proper lighting. Once you are sure about this, now you'll need to ensure that the old bulbs and worn out lighting inputs are properly disposed of. The method of disposal mainly depends on the by-laws of your local organization. It is always advisable that you take due care during the disposal as light bulbs contain traces of mercury (a carcinogenic substance).
*To avoid hassles during your subsequent installations and replacements, some few modifications would be in order (you can always consult your local electrician on how to do this).