The most common type of fluorescent light, the hot cathode light, works by using electricity to supercharge the ions of mercury gas encased within a glass tube. When the ions are charged, they emit photons that are conve... More » Science Physics Electricity

The simplest type of fluorescent lamp ballast, called a magnetic ballast, works like an inductor and generates a magnetic field when electric current is sent through a wire, according to HowStuffWorks. A basic inductor i... More »

To install a fluorescent light ballast, remove the old ballast, secure the new one into place, and fuse the wires together to provide electricity to the fixture. You need a socket wrench, a nut driver, wire connectors, w... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Electrical

A 24-inch fluorescent light fixture is a common type of light fixture that measures 24 inches in length and uses fluorescent light tubes rather than standard incandescent bulbs. These fixtures can be purchased in most ho... More » Home & Garden Decor Lighting

CFL, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, produce light when electricity is routed through a small tube that contains argon and mercury. When the electricity mixes with these gases, it produces light. CLF light bulbs use ... More » Home & Garden Decor Lighting

To troubleshoot fluorescent light fixtures, test the power supply, check the bulbs and replace the bulb retainers. Fluorescent light bulbs typically have a lifespan of between 8,000 and 15,000 hours. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Electrical

Disposing of fluorescent light bulbs is only dangerous if the bulbs are broken or not handled properly, according to Fox News. The small amount of mercury in a single fluorescent bulb is enough to pollute 6,000 gallons o... More » Home & Garden Decor Lighting