I have an old fluorescent light in my basement that doesn't work. I've tried replacing both 4' bulbs, and both starters with no luck. The Starring and Co. ballast is dated Jan 9, 1957, and has some sticky stuff oozing out of it and has an old electrical smell. I'm guessing this might be the culprit..... The other light in the system works fine.
On the left side it has a black wire and a black/white wire, and is marked LINE and Lights 1&2. One the right side is marked Lamp #1 and Lamp #2, with a black wire and a black/red wire.
My question is to install the new ballast, is all I need to do is just connect the existing black and white wires to the new ballast, and the new blue and red wires as shown in the diagram on the new ballast in the photo? No starters needed?
Photo of old and new ballasts attached.
OF COURSE I will shut off the appropriate breaker before doing anything!