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How much longer should I rejigger my florescent bulbs?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19442points) September 1st, 2020

Sometimes it gives them a second chance to light up.
What is the science behind jiggering light bulbs.

This time the bulbs went back on for a second.

How much time should I keep trying?

Do you do that too?

It is my kitchen lights on a three track.

I have lots of time and its hard to find replacement bulbs that fit the socket.

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anniereborn's avatar

Just a tip from Wiki
“Fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury gas (about 4 mg) – which is toxic to our nervous system, lungs and kidneys. So long as bulbs stay intact, the mercury gas is no threat. This means bulbs should be handled properly to avoid breakage.”

LadyMarissa's avatar

Take the time to buy a new bulb. I’ve had 3 family members whose homes burned to the ground from faulty fluorescent fixtures. Two just barely made it out alive. I’d feel awful to hear that you died in a fire that originated in a kitchen fluorescent light…that could have been prevented!!!

Darth_Algar's avatar

What do you mean by “rejigger”?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Darth_Algar Screw in and out. Sometimes it works.

Darth_Algar's avatar

In that case it just sounds like a loose bulb.

LadyMarissa's avatar

It can also mean a bad ballast & a call to an electrician.

@Darth_Algar He said it backwards. It means to screw it out & back in. Those bulbs don’t often suddenly grow loose. Back in the good old days, that’s how you decided IF your tube was really bad or how to get enough juice until you could buy another bulb. You can do the same thing by turning off the light switch & flipping it back on. Catch is that you should only do it ONCE & NOT use it as a way to neglect buying a new bulb!!!

filmfann's avatar

I have been slowly replacing my florescent outlets with LED, because they are burning out their ballasts.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I know this is not the CEC or UL Approved method but I keep flogging them until it gets too annoying.

Turn off the light. Using a marker number the bulbs on one side so you can keep track of which one went where when it is time to put them back. Take out the bulbs and look at the contacts on the bulb and in the fixture. Clean the dirty ones with fine sandpaper or if really messy gently scrape with a knife. The fixture can be cleaned with a tooth pick.
This is a good time to copy or photograph the letters on the bulbs in case you need to replace them.)
Swap all the bulbs both in direction and bulb order as you reinstall them.
Turn the light back on. If it works,you’ve helped save the world by reducing your trash. If it doesn’t work, you should start thinking about getting new bulbs.

The process costs nothing to try and you get a little exercise.

si3tech's avatar

I never heard of this.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@all I bought two packs of two 13 watt fluorescent light bulbs. They fit and work.
Where I can toss the old ones?

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