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  1. IUSTEVE

    IUSTEVE Oakley Expert

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    I just picked up a single wide black tower and have a small problem. This style has fluorescent lights on top and bottom with separate ballasts at each. When I got it home and fired it up yesterday all lights worked. While sitting there the top got dim. I removed the top cover and discovered one bulb had burnt out. So I replaced that and now the entire top won't light but the bottom is fine. This leads me to believe it has to be the ballast went bad? Now this is where my intelligence ends and I ask for your help. Do these go bad? Are new ones easy to locate? Is this a fix that I can handle or do I need to get an electrician? Any and ALL help would be super appreciated as the excitement of my acquiring my first display case has been saddened by the immediate problems with the lighting.
     
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  2. gs300

    gs300 Oakley Collector

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    Replace it yourself it is EASY Go to your local Electric supply store and get the Balast. Also you might as well go to LED it will run lots cooler than what you have.
     
  3. Oakley-olic

    Oakley-olic Oakley Expert Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    The stock ballast's are junk, close to being a fire hazard. Easy to get a quality replacement and not difficult to wire up. I did all LED's on mine including the bottom. As above, it is cooler but also longer life and less energy cost.
     
  4. IUSTEVE

    IUSTEVE Oakley Expert

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    Can you guys link me to what I would need to change over? Like I said I have fluorescent top and bottom now. I wouldnt know where to begin on this that's why I asked. Also I assume to remove the ballast I just remove all wire nuts from the maybe 10 wires coming out of the thing and unscrew?
     
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    Oakley-olic Oakley Expert Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    If you want to convert to LED's I got most of my parts at http://www.superbrightleds.com/. You will need a 120/12V LED driver/tranformer, MR16 LED,s for the top down lights. You would have to get some strip lights to replaced the fluorescenst for the logo lights. I will post some pics when I can.
     
  6. IUSTEVE

    IUSTEVE Oakley Expert

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    I dont have a tower with "top down" lights if you will. It has 2 fluorescent tubes with a single ballast on top and the same in the base pointing upward. Prior to conversion I would love to be able to simply fix this current problem then focus on converting. But I am all ears to any and all help. I know nothing about ballasts, wiring them and where to get replacement ones.
     
  7. gs300

    gs300 Oakley Collector

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    Can you post pics of your tower? take inside photos please. As for hooking up ballast it is wire to wire color coded, VERY simple. I have never seen a black case without top down lights
     
  8. IUSTEVE

    IUSTEVE Oakley Expert

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    It has top down lights but not halogens is what I meant. They are fluorescent. Pics coming.....
     
  9. IUSTEVE

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    The last pic is looking down from the top with cover removed. At the top of the pic you can see the ballast.
     

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  10. gs300

    gs300 Oakley Collector

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    I found this on Youtube for you check it out. Tons of Ballast videos on youtube for you. Also if you want to get the 4 down spot lights it will be super easy to get and make a back panel for inside top of you case. Just get flat sheet metal to fit the inside cut your 4 holes and spray paint the inside with textured black paint. and the light rings also.