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Just installed two 40 watt 48" fluorescent tubes in our mobil home kitchen - they worked for a few minutes and then went to flickering dim only and no this isn't a dimmer switch unit.

Need to know if it's the lighting unit or the brand new bulbs ... should I use a smaller wattage?

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Peggy - there are 'starters' on the unit called ballast - Those must be either replaced or you have a deeper problem. I am sure it is the starters. Please just take a pic on your camera - leave it there go to LOWES -- and show them - tell them you need to make it light and about them flickering etc. They will guide you to exactly what you need. Most are very easy to replace. Ask the man or woman at LOWES - they are very knowledgeable. Without seeing what type or brand you have I can't tell you more.
If they can't help you - come back and tell me more on the COMMENT section. I will be notified and read your comments there.

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