Kitchen strip light not working, any ideas?

(12 Posts)
Talulaley Tue 23-Feb-16 21:27:41

The kitchen ceiling strip light stopped working Sunday evening. Yesterday I bought a replacement bulb and tried to fit it..it's in (it's one you twist to fix in place), but the light isn't working.

I've checked the fuse box, all ok. The bulb is the right one, I've checked and double checked.

I read something online about starters, but can't see one, so think it is built in.

The strange thing, yesterday when I was trying to fit it, with the light switch off, when touching the bulb it was flickering a little ..??

Any ideas what else I could check? I've never had to change one before.

LIZS Tue 23-Feb-16 21:31:31

Starter ? It's a small metallic cylinder which slides into one end if the fitting.

Akire Tue 23-Feb-16 21:31:49

It's a starter thing or balester they are called. it's cotton reel size thing that plugs in and flicks it on.

Talulaley Tue 23-Feb-16 21:36:20

I can't see anything though, both ends look the same, nothing seems to slide out.

mawbroon Tue 23-Feb-16 21:37:27

Find the starter, put the light switch on and give the starter a gentle bash.

This sometimes kicks a flickering fluorescent light into action

Talulaley Tue 23-Feb-16 21:40:22

Ah I've found the starter now, it wasn't where I expected it to be.

I'll try bashing it grin

Talulaley Tue 23-Feb-16 21:40:49

It's not flickering now, it's not coming on st at all

wowfudge Tue 23-Feb-16 22:07:53

A new one will cost you about £1 from B&Q, Screwfix, CEF. A large supermarket might even stock them.

Talulaley Tue 23-Feb-16 22:21:35

Thanks, I'll go to b&q tomorrow.

wowfudge Wed 24-Feb-16 06:55:45

Take the dead one with you as they are not all the same.

mangocoveredlamb Wed 24-Feb-16 07:02:43

I was going to say the starter.
Once, as a student, I paid an electrician to come out and fix my broken light. It was just the starter! blush

Talulaley Wed 24-Feb-16 21:20:00

I replaced the starter, but it still isn't working. I've asked the landlord to come and look at it now.

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