Tube Lights are old, and they give you a lot of hassles once they get ‘real’ old. Sometimes, they suddenly stop functioning altogether. For this reason, most of the people of the developed countries have switched to better alternatives (such as CFL lamps). Still, a great amount of people are stuck with the old Tube Lights (fluorescent lamps).
How do Tube Lights die?
It doesn’t matter if you fit a locally-made light or a Phillips-made one, Tube Lights are supposed to stop working once their expected hours of functioning is over. These tube lights are based on gas-ionization, so, the electric current ionizes the gas(es) contained in the tubular structure of the light, and in turn the gases emmit visible light. The performance of these lights decrease as time goes on, due to the decay of the stored gas.
How to replace a Tube Light?
1. Get a new Tube Light. Local-ones are make-or-break types, totally dependent on your luck. It’s recommended that you go for a branded one. They don’t cost much, within Rs. 50 ($1) in India.
2. Get a tall chair or something like that so that you can reach to the tube holder.
3. Get on the ladder/chair/object.
4. Make sure the electrical switch responsible for that connection is switched off. Then slowly start curling the existing damaged Tube Light using your hands. Once the side-pins can be seen from front, pull the light slowly, it should come out.
5. Slide the new Tube Light in, carefully noticing that the side-pins match the location of the Tube Light holder, it should go in without issues.
6. Curl the new Tube Light using your hands, so that you can’t see the side-pins from front.
7. Turn the switch on! et voila! The light of your room should start functioning once again!
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