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Old 20-12-2012, 01:02
jsmith99
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I have a pair of under-cabinet fluorescent lights, fitted about four years ago when I had a new kitchen.

One of them has now started going out about 30 seconds after I switch it on. For some reason it had been fitted on its side, so the slots for extracting the tube are facing the wall. (And I only know about the slots through internet searches).

The main problem is that the tube is 900mm long, and I can't find anywhere which stocks that length. The sizes seem to jump from 549mm to 1149mm.

The fitting says "LITE TECH WL2001", and the tube says "T5 2700".

I've done some research, so I know the meaning of T5 and 2700. However, there seem to be umpteen types of fluorescent tubes these days.

1. Is it more likely to be the tube gone than the switch? I can't see a 'ballast' or a 'starter'.

2. Is there a standard direction to twist the tube to get it out?

3. What does 'triphosphor' mean, and does it affect which tube I buy?

4. Most important, where can I buy these tubes?
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Old 20-12-2012, 01:57
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http://www.efficientlight.co.uk/Ligh...gs/SLLT24.aspx
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Old 20-12-2012, 10:28
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Thanks for that - it looks like the one I'm after.

I kept looking at different shops, and eventually found out that Homebase stock them - maybe I should have looked there first.
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