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Kitchen Strip Light Flashing. Never Had One Before... help, what are the options?
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Old 08-08-2008, 8:23 PM
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Default Kitchen Strip Light Flashing. Never Had One Before... help, what are the options?

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Hi

Just went to knock up some tea (have to go out for chips now!) and the kitchen light is flashing.

It's a single strip light about 3' long. It flickers then goes on/off every split second, making a buzzing noise when it does that.

So, I've never had a light like that before. I can't reach it. I have no idea how to pick/buy a new one or how to get this one out, or what it will cost.

Any advice? Recommendations? Will whacking it with a broom help?

Thanks

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Old 08-08-2008, 8:26 PM
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Think it could be the ignition button. If it is that saves buying the whole strip light
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Think it could be the ignition button. If it is that saves buying the whole strip light
That sounds complex. It might be easier if I move house, I'm rubbish at these things, but as a tenant it's my responsibility for lightbulbs, so I can't/don't want to bother the landlord.
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Think it could be the ignition button. If it is that saves buying the whole strip light
I think chalky means the starter, it's a cylindrical thing about 15mm round, you take it out by turning it about a quarter turn. Putting it back in sometimes fixes the problem.
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I think chalky means the starter, it's a cylindrical thing about 15mm round, you take it out by turning it about a quarter turn. Putting it back in sometimes fixes the problem.
Ah, a bit of practical advice even I might be able to follow.

I hate doing things like this. I am the world's worst at anything DIY. Truly and unbelievably useless.
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Old 08-08-2008, 9:07 PM
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If it's flashing/striking then it is most likely the tube that is faulty and not the starter - measure the length of the tube, check the wattage (should be printed on the tube), you should be able to get a replacement from most DIY stores.
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If it's flashing/striking then it is most likely the tube that is faulty and not the starter - measure the length of the tube, check the wattage (should be printed on the tube), you should be able to get a replacement from most DIY stores.
I think I'd rather get it out and take it with me if that's the case.

I'd hate to measure it then get to the shop and find out there are 2-3 different sorts/fittings... and eventually choose one, come home and find I can't get the old one out.

And that's a thought ... how do you get them out?

I know I can reach it, if I clamber onto the kitchen worktops, but once I'm up there, what am I looking for?
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And that's a thought ... how do you get them out?

but once I'm up there, what am I looking for?
http://tenantshandbook.oxford.gov.uk...scenttube.html
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Hi,

I would think that it's the starter, have a look here, should help.

To remove starter: make sure light switch is off, usually a quarter turn to the

left to remove, if you have another strip light, then try swapping starter first,

To remove tube: it is held in a spring loaded connector, to remove, grip one

end and push towards the other end, then measure and check the wattage

it'll be printed on the end.

Edit: Oops, too late.
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OK, 2.5 months on and I'm back. Today I decided to tackle this. Clocks have gone back and I now find I can't eat after 4pm as it's too dark to see in there.

Took the strip out, all OK.
Read the link/instructions and it seems it is probably the starter that's at fault.
Tried to get the starter out and no joy. Tried everything. Pushed, pulled, twisted. Followed the instructions that say push/twist anti-clockwise, it's not moving.

So. Stuck

Tempted to move house.

It's not easy getting up there either. Quite dangerous clambering onto the kitchen units when you're short and unstable (oh, and utterly useless).

I put the strip light back in, it sounds to me like it is the starter.

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As said,

sounds like your starter. Quick way to tell if its the starter or the tube (the lamp itself) is :

If the starter is accessible with the power on, (starter is usually accessible from the side of the fitting, protruding slightly out of the fitting) pull it out while the lights flickering (a quarter turn anti clockwise and pull it out). Don't try this if you have to open the fitting and get inside to access the starter.

If the light stays on and doesn't flicker, then you just need a new starter (approx 1).

If the light fails, you might need a new tube as well.

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TBH I'd argue that you should just buy both and swap both in one go. Neither parts are particularly expensive - at least that way you'll know it'll be a long time before you have to swap anything again. Dark banding at either end of the tube when its on indicate its on its way out. When moving the tube around be careful, they can shatter easily (into many small pieces).
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I can't get the starter out. Tried earlier, tried again later. It's just not moving.

I know I should press it in and turn it anti clockwise, but it's just not moving at all. It doesn't press in and it doesn't turn.

I bought two starters in Tesco (1.49) so I might have the right beastie if I can ever get the starter out.

I'll just have to keep trying it 10x a day for a few weeks until I get fed up of trying, although clambering onto the kitchen worktops is proving quite dodgy for me (small/crap at that sort of thing/no furniture to stand on).

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The starter just turns anticlockwise, no need to press it in. It may be a bit stiff if not replaced for several years, also there might not be much protruding to grip on - try rubber gloves or pliers, make sure the power is switched off.
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At the risk of making a patronising assumption, go and find a tall and competant person to do this. Middle aged and older men are usually a safe bet when it comes to doing DIY . Mind you, I'm a short middle aged woman and I would be a good person to ask as well.
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Aren't you in Cardiff somewhere?

I'm just finishing work in the Bay, and need to go to Newport Road. I'm happy to pop round and sort it if you want me to. I'm 5'9", female and very competent!


I need to know quickly though, as I'm leaving in a few minutes.
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Aren't you in Cardiff somewhere?

I'm just finishing work in the Bay, and need to go to Newport Road. I'm happy to pop round and sort it if you want me to. I'm 5'9", female and very competent!


I need to know quickly though, as I'm leaving in a few minutes.
I'd have said yes please, although I'm north, so not directly on your route. About 2.5 miles from the Bay.

But I see you're offline now.

So I missed the chance!

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I'd have said yes please, although I'm north, so not directly on your route. About 2.5 miles from the Bay.

But I see you're offline now.

So I missed the chance!

I live about 16 miles north west of Cardiff so apart from needing to go to Newport Road, I can probably divert on the way home.

I'll PM you.
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Looks like I might have a light later
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Looks like I might have a light later
You'll have one tomorrow I hope.

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