The Ultimate Fluorescent Light Installation Quiz
by Staff
Installing a fluorescent light is within the capability of nearly everybody, assuming you haven't got two left thumbs. Check out your knowledge of fluorescent light installation with this quiz and see how bright you are!

What are some of the advantages of fluorescent lighting?

  • It gives illumination over a wide area and has a warmish glow.
  • It is cheap and only needs replacing every three months.
  • It is efficient and gives shadow-free illumination.

In terms of temperature, how does fluorescent lighting compare with incandescent lighting?

  • The fluorescent bulb stays cool whereas the incandescent bulb gives off heat.
  • The fluorescent bulb gives off heat whereas the incandescent bulb stays cool.
  • Both fluorescent and incandescent lighting give off heat.

How does a current flow within a fluorescent light?

  • Starting at the right prong, it flows through the ballast and filaments and out through the left prong.
  • Starting at the left prong, it flows through the ballast and filaments and out through the right prong.
  • Starting at the ballast, it flow through the filaments and out through the prongs.

What is the function of the ballast?

  • It adjusts the current and keeps it flowing at the correct rate.
  • It switches on automatically to begin the current flow.
  • It spreads the illumination across the entire room.

When you deenergize (switch off) the fixture, what closes?

  • the ballast
  • the filament
  • the starter

In a fluorescent light with three tubes, how many starters and ballasts will there be?

  • one starter, one ballast
  • one starter, three ballasts
  • three starters, three ballasts

How do you know when a fluorescent light is beginning to age?

  • if it begins to make a constant low humming sound
  • if it pops with a bright green flash
  • if it flickers, flashes on and off or grows dimmer

What damage could repeated flickering cause?

  • It could wear out the starter.
  • It could burn a hole in the casing.
  • It could damage the fixture irrevocably, requiring you to replace it altogether.

How do you remove the old fluorescent bulb?

  • You pry it loose with a screwdriver.
  • You press the "release" button and it plops out.
  • You twist it out of its socket.

How do you know which starter to use when you replace the old one?

  • You use a starter with less wattage.
  • You use a starter with the equivalent wattage.
  • You use a starter with more wattage.

Which of these components is the hardest to replace?

  • the tube
  • the ballast
  • the starter

What's the first step if you want to replace the switch?

  • deenergizing the circuit
  • unscrewing it from the wall
  • putting on a protective helmet

How is the switch usually connected to the fluorescent tube?

  • The switch is usually screwed into the tube.
  • Their respective wires are usually connected with wirenuts.
  • They're usually taped together tightly.

Under what circumstances is it wise to consider changing an entire fixture?

  • if you have to replace the ballast or switch
  • if you have to replace the tube
  • if you have to replace the starter

When fixing a fluorescent light, what is meant by removing the "old hardware"?

  • removing any part that is holding the fixture
  • removing any computerized part
  • removing hard parts only, as opposed to soft parts

In order to access the fixture wires of a new fluorescent lamp, what can you do?

  • This part you can't do by yourself; you'd have to call an electrician.
  • Carefully cut through the backing.
  • Disassemble it as much as is necessary.

What do you use to connect the fixture wires to the line wires?

  • small nuts
  • crimp-type solderless connectors
  • electrical tape

How do you determine what screws you need to install the new fixture?

  • It's easy -- use the ones that came with the new fixture!
  • You consult the salesman who sold it to you.
  • You ask the manufacturer.

When do you reassemble the new fixture?

  • before you mount it
  • after you mount it
  • depending on the fixture, either before or after you mount it

Is it safe to restore the power once you've installed a new fixture?

  • Yes, certainly.
  • No, allow a short waiting period.
  • Yes, but have an electrician look it over first.