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My new light fixture messed up the stereo. Why? Update, I fixed it :-)

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Mike Quesenberry, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    I had a light fixture today go belly up, so I ran down to the hardware store and got a new one. This fixture was very similar to the old one. Both were made by Lithonia, both had the new electronic ballast as well as the T8 bulbs. When I wired this one in my stereo went completely to static. I'm in a rural area and only get four halfway decent stations. Tunes are an absolute must in my shop! Any help would be appreciated. The silence is killing me:eek:.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012
  2. jawilder

    jawilder

    Jun 27, 2006
    Try plugging the sterio into a different socket to see if that makes any difference.
     
  3. knife to a gunfight

    knife to a gunfight KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2007
    Did you attach the ground wire well?
     
  4. knife to a gunfight

    knife to a gunfight KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2007
    Furthermore, does the radio still have static when the lights are turned off?
     
  5. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    RFI -radio frequency interference . actually fairly common .It may be different between am and fm. The 'green' replacement flourescent bulbs will often do the same thing as they have a circuit in them. Can you put the radio in the next room and put an external speaker in your work room ? My kitchen radio is actually in the dining room with external speaker and is then uneffected by the light.
     
  6. mgysgthath

    mgysgthath

    Dec 15, 2009
    Or get an MP3 player
     
  7. sharpend60

    sharpend60

    18
    Jun 5, 2009
    Or stream an internet radio. Pandora for example. It dont get any better.
     
  8. shockjockey24

    shockjockey24

    Jan 2, 2011
    hey brother...The ballast in the light shouldn't interfere with radio signals, but if its a small area and the radio is close to the light for some reason, it could mess with the radio reception. Is it an older style radio with the wire antenna? I would try moving the radio away from the light first and see if that helps...if not, you might have to upgrade and either stream music online, or step up to an ipod or mp3 player :(
     
  9. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    Yeah, that.

    If your puter is anywhere near the shop, you're all set. Because of this thread I just remembered my fave hard rock radio station from up north streams for free, and so do gazillions of others... pretty much any music you can think of, sports, comedy, news, whatever. (I like Knoxville but the radio is basically NPR, pop country, pop country, hip hop or pop country... )

    Or you could spend $50-500 on a new boombox/radio/CD/mp3 player. Drag your knuckles into the 21st century, man! :p
     
  10. RyanW

    RyanW Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 17, 2009
    Get out the old Boyz to Men or Enya Cassettes and play the old boom box! :D
     
  11. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    The shop is separate from the house so streaming music isn't an option, OH MAN I wish it was. This stereo is fairly modern and it sends power to the huge speakers I have mounted to the walls (12" woofers, cause I need to hear the tunes even when power hammer is running :D).

    The stereo has been in the same place for years and so has the light fixture and no static. The only thing I changed was the fixture itself and it was similar to the other one.

    I'm gonna try sanding around where the ground wire connects to the fixture and try the stereo without the lights on.
     
  12. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    When I turn the lights off the Bee Gees come in loud and clear. I tried sanding the area where the ground wire connects to the fixture and it didn't help, the static obscured the melodic tones of Barry Gibb:grumpy:
     
  13. DAMNENG

    DAMNENG

    408
    Dec 17, 2005
    Flourescent lights are notorious for being noisy. Is the noise only present on the radio or does it appear when playing a CD or a tape? If the noise is present regardless of the source, the noise is probably on the power lines; a line filter on the power plug for the sterio would probably help, or as was suggested move the plug to an outlet on the opposite side of the ckt breaker panel. If the noise only appears on the radio, it is probably coming through the air and being picked up by the sterio circuits. In this case moving the sterio to a diffetent location or even turning it 90 degrees might help.

    Jim Arbuckle
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012
  14. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Fasion yourself a tinfoil toque, remove all of your fillings and put banana peels in your shoes.:thumbup:
     
  15. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    Rick, thanks for the words of wisdom but I think I'm gonna listen to damneng and get a line filter.
     
  16. R.Markus

    R.Markus

    279
    Sep 17, 2000
    I put in four eight foot high output flourescents in my garage a couple months ago. When the ballasts warmed up they started making a strange noise that sounded more like running/gurgling water than the normal flourescent hum. The weirder thing is everything in my house that is electronic would make the same noise when the lights were on...including the breaker box, television, stove, and alarm clock. After having an electrician come over, I tore the ballasts out and replaced them with a different brand. That fixed the problem.

    I guess you might want to try taking the light back and getting one from a different brand.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  17. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I believe R.Markus has the answer......bad ballast/bulbs. Try switching the bulbs first, then the ballast.

    Sadly, both items are made in China today, and QC is not a priority.
     
  18. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Well, you need to do what you feel is right, I guess.:p

    Here is something odd. I hung two 4ft flourescent lights above my leather bench and my cordless phone didn't like it at all. A friend told me to turn the two units 90degrees and to my surprise, it worked. Them elektricities is stupit.

    Rick
     
  19. KBamhi

    KBamhi

    209
    Jan 26, 2011
    Fasion yourself a tinfoil toque, remove all of your fillings and put banana peels in your shoes. < What Rick said, then Muskrat Love will come in loud and clear.
     
  20. Danbo

    Danbo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 28, 1999
    "the Bee Gees come in loud and clear" Therein lies your problem. Those fruity muthas are screwing everything up. :D
     

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