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Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:28 AM

FC Ballast removal pictorial
 
Here's my pictorial on how we removed our old fluorescent ballasts so we could upgrade them all to LED. Hope it helps.


The special tools needed to get to those hidden fluorescents:
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8905


Gotta love those special tools. Here's the ratcheting screwdriver in action with room to spare!
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8906


And in less than 5 minutes, the light is free, no ladders or band-aides needed.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8907




Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:33 AM

Tackling the ballast
 
Now let's tackle those pesky ballasts.


Here's the tools I used for this part of the project:
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8908


Start by cutting the ballast wires.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8909


And this is how it looks afterward:
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8910

Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:39 AM

Now remove the end plate. Unscrew the one screw and then hammer out the rivets.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8911


Use a sharp chisel to loosen the rivet and a part of side cutter to pull it out.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8912




Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:42 AM

Now remove the tiny screw holding the aluminum cover to the ballast.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8913


And then pry it off gently because you may want to reuse this to cover the hole left from removing the ballast.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8914


Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:50 AM

Now we have to remove the ballast ground that is secured with a tiny screw through the fluorescent light holder and has a blind nut on the back of it, so make sure you hold that too.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8916


Then push the ballast wires back through their hole to remove the ballast:
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8917


Gently lift up on the ballast and remove, careful not to damage or bend the light fixture.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8918


And you're home free!
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...pictureid=8919

Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 04:53 AM

We decided to go with LED tape in these lights so the old fluorescent holders were also removed. No holes needed to be drilled because we just used the holes left by removing the white plastic light holders.
Hope this little tutorial helps anyone else with a FC that wants to upgrade their rig to LED. :)

Randy Dupree 03-31-2018 08:43 AM

Nice job!!

atckip 03-31-2018 08:58 AM

Great job. The pictures really help!

CaptPegLeg 03-31-2018 09:52 AM

Looks like your ballast came out east but if its stuck good a heat gun softens the adhesive. Also, as someone else mentioned be sure to use a grommet or something to protect the wire from the fixture.

Gatorgrl 03-31-2018 10:43 AM

Thanks for the stamp of approval. :)
also thanks for the tip on shielding the wires. ;)


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