How to Change a Starter Fluorescent Light

Written by damon koch
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How to Change a Starter Fluorescent Light
A typical starter. (fluorescent light starter image by Edsweb from

A starter in a fluorescent bulb allows the current to flow through the bulb and provide light. Sometimes if the bulb lights on only the ends and is not old, it could be a sign that the starter is bad. The starter is located at one end of the fixture where the bulb plugs in and is a round piece that is about 1 inch in diameter. You can purchase a new starter from any home improvement store for about £1.90 in 2010.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Starter

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  1. 1

    Turn off the switch that controls the light you are repairing.

  2. 2

    Remove any cover on the light fixture, and remove the fluorescent bulb by twisting it.

  3. 3

    Find the end of the fixture that houses the starter.

  4. 4

    Remove the starter by twisting it clockwise while pulling it out.

  5. 5

    Install the new starter by pushing it in while twisting it counterclockwise.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the fluorescent bulb, and turn on the light.

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