Faulty tube lighting

I volunteer and I put a new 4ft strip light in one of their offices, also a new starter.
There wasn't a bulb or starter in previously. There are single and some double light fittings, if they were all working, it would be really bright.
So there are a few fittings without bulbs.
The next time I went back to this office, the bulb wasn't working, in two fittings next to it, one is working and one not.
People come and go in this office, it's not used all the time. What should I look for, for the cause of this bulb only lasting a day?
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  • grumbler
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    Any chance the new bulb was LED? 
  • sevenhills
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    grumbler said:
    Any chance the new bulb was LED? 

    No, I don't think it was, I believe it was a standard fluorescent bulb,
  • FreeBear
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    Could be a faulty starter. If the budget allows, I'd replace the whole fitting with an LED strip light.
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  • sevenhills
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    FreeBear said:
    Could be a faulty starter. If the budget allows, I'd replace the whole fitting with an LED strip light.

    Not sure they would allow me to do that, it had probably been one working of three for quite some time. That made it dim at the other side of the room.
    No one seems to take an interest in maintaining these offices.
    There may be a starter in another unit that I could try.
  • markin
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    edited 4 December 2023 at 7:47AM
    If the is 2 bulbs in a unit and a bad bulb is left in, it will take out a brand new bulb fast as it dies if a single bulb alone won't work as its in a circut.
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    I volunteer and I put a new 4ft strip light in one of their offices, also a new starter.

    Where did the tube and starter come from?

    You say "No one seems to take an interest in maintaining these offices".  Someone must be responsible, and if they aren't taking their H&S responsibilities seriously then they (personally) could end up with a criminal conviction.  Rather than trying to fix the light yourself (and risking your or someone else's safety) it would probably be better to find out who in the organisation is responsible for H&S and alert them to what is going on.
  • Generally speaking, when you switch on, if a tube is glowing dark at the ends then a new tube is needed.  If a tube flashes white all along, then the starter is at fault.  And check the wattage of the starter as there are different ratings...both a tube and a starter will have the wattage on it.    If you've replaced both with genuinely new or working items, then it's possible the old heavy ballast within the fitting has 'gone', in which case the only real answer is a completely new fitting.   And then it would be best to replace with a LED.   I used to sell these things years ago.
  • Robin9
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    Does the organisation you volunteer for rent the office - then the replacement of the lighting may well be the landlord's responsibility.

    I had something similar - a fitting that didn't want to work - I found a burning contact and sent the landlord a photo - hey presto electrician turned up and replaced all the fittings.
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    Robin9 said:
    Does the organisation you volunteer for rent the office - then the replacement of the lighting may well be the landlord's responsibility.

    I had something similar - a fitting that didn't want to work - I found a burning contact and sent the landlord a photo - hey presto electrician turned up and replaced all the fittings.
    Careful with advice like that, the commercial building I managed had us as occupiers fully responsible for all maintenance….randomly sending the landlord evidence like that would have had them harassing us to fix everything up to current standards within 30 days, or they would step in and use their emergency contractors and then charge 15% on top for “project management”
  • sevenhills
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    Robin9 said:
    Does the organisation you volunteer for rent the office - then the replacement of the lighting may well be the landlord's responsibility.

    I had something similar - a fitting that didn't want to work - I found a burning contact and sent the landlord a photo - hey presto electrician turned up and replaced all the fittings.

    They own the building. I will have another look, the next time I am there. That could be a week or so.
    They do have a manager for the building, but he just really does the upstairs hall. He will be the one that gets it sorted, possibly changing to LED, sometime in the future.
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