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I replaced the apparently burnt bulb of a Pagoda pathway lamp with a brand new one, but the bulb didn't turn on. I took the working bulb from another lamp in the same string and put in the non-working lamp, and it wouldn't light up there either. To my shock, when I placed the working bulb back in the "loaner" lamp, the bulb didn't come on. Now, I have 2 no-light lamps, instead of one. Any advise, please? (Note: the 1st bulb was replaced during the day, while the trial with the working light was done, while the bulb was lighting). The bulb is a Philips 13w PL-S.
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Posted 2016-07-15T00:54:52+0000  by luisfer luisfer
Hello luisfer.  Welcome to the Community!

A Phillips 13w PL-S bulb is a house voltage fluorescent bulb.  It needs a magnetic ballast inside the light fixture in order to work properly.  That ballast is likely the culprit in ruining your light bulbs.  Cut power to the fixture and take out the ballast, which should be located below where the light bulb snaps into place.  Look for any shorted wires, and replace the ballast.


Posted 2016-07-15T14:23:24+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
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