- Aug 14, 2003
- Buffalo, NY
I was at a local hardware store the other day and saw that they had Philips 48" LED tubes on sale for $3.99/ea. I grabbed one off the shelf to check the wiring configuration and it was a ballast bypass, single ended power style. The packaging was a little beat on that one so I grabbed two others. Got the ballast stripped out of the old heavy-duty vintage T12 shop light and wired it single ended. Put the lamps in, fired it up and got nothing. Swapped the lamps around. Still nothing. How could I have gotten this wrong? Took the cover off the housing to recheck my wiring. All good? Looked at the sleeves the lamps came in. They are direct wire, leave the ballast in place LEDs!! The package I looked at in the store and the ones I actually bought (the ones on sale) are different style. I let the smoke out of those buggers with one flip of a switch.