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I have a 3 bulb flourescent light that had two magnetic ballasts and I want to replace it with a T-8. What is baffling me is that from one set of sockets on one side there are 6 wires, 4 blue and 2 red and on the opposite side there are only 4 wires, 2 red and 2 yellow. How do I hook up this new type of ballast with the wire arrangement that I have? Thank you very much for your assistance. dave

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  • 1 Turn off the circuit breaker that's delivering the power to the light fixture.
  • 2 Test the feed wires with a touch-type voltage tester before you touch them. Press the button on the tester and touch the tip of it to each wire to make sure the circuit is dead. If the tester beeps or lights up then the circuit is still live. Try additional breakers until you find the correct one.
  • 3 Strip about 3/4 inch of insulation from the ends of each wire coming from the ballast if they aren't already prepped for wiring. Use the smallest setting on the wire stripper to prevent snapping the wires when you strip them.
  • 4 Take the single red wire from the ballast and insert its tip into one of the two pressure-slots on top of one of the sockets on the same side of the fixture that the red wire is facing.
  • 5 Take a 6-inch length of similar red wire and strip 3/4 inch of insulation at each end, then insert one end into the second slot on the socket that already has the red ballast wire attached and insert the other end into the other socket on that side.
  • 6 Insert the tip of one of the blue wires into the slot on one of the sockets on the other side of the fixture.
  • 7 Insert the tip of the second blue wire into the slot on the other socket on that side of the fixture.
  • 8 Connect the white wire from the feed circuit to the white wire on the ballast and connect the black wire from the feed circuit to the black wire on the ballast. Make sure the wire connectors are on tight and wrap electrical tape around the connections.
  • 9 Put the fixture back together and install the fluorescent tubes as per the manufacturer's instructions. Turn the circuit breaker back on.
  • Posted on Mar 25, 2011

    • belost564 Mar 25, 2011

      I have a 3 light fixture with ten wires not counting the two power leads. You answered for a four wire solution?????? Or at least the answer sent me was for only four leads in the fixture.

    • charles urban Mar 25, 2011

      I apologize. Do you any manufacturer or model info?

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