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I've always wondered and now I have a need to know…can you take the ballast and sockets out of a fluorescent light fixture and install incandescent sockets instead?  This is a round decorative, ceiling mount fixture that uses G24q-3 bulbs, NOT tubes.  I think the ballast is going bad and I really like the looks of this fixture and would invest in regular sockets, install them and use compact fluorescent bulbs if I knew if this is safe and doable.  Any help you can offer would be appreciated.  I really don't want to invest in buying and installing a new ballast as it is almost as much as the cost of a new fixture and I HATE those expensive G24q-3 bulbs anyway!

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Hi.

It's probably better best not to.  How safe it is depends on how well you do it.  If someone uses an incandescent bulb, not knowing it is supposed to be fluorescent, it could overheat and damage the wire. This could lead to a fire, even years later. Fixtures are designed and UL listed for certain bulbs.

It would be best just to replace the fixture with something you like.
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