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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Converting recessed 4-pin can lights


How do I replace my recessed can lights that use a "PL26W 3U 4P GX24q-3 26 watt 835 Fluorescent" bulb to screw-in recessed or pendant? I have heard that I need to "bypass the ballast"... Thank you so much!

What you heard may be correct. It depends on the bulb manufacturers bulb. Most CFL replacements of this type have the ballast as part of the unit with the bulb. In this case it would work with line voltage and the can would need to be pulled down, the ballast removed and line voltage connected to the screw in socket as directed in the installation for the socket. Thanks J
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J Cook


General electrical wiring, including but not limited to, residential, panelboards, control wiring, low voltage wiring, Heating and A/C control wiring, single and three phase wiring.


I have been doing electrical since high school. I have been licensed by the State of North Carolina for ten years and am currently the Building Maintenance Superintendent for a municipality. I have extensive control wiring experience.

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