How to bypass ballast for T8 4ft LED tube ?

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How to bypass ballast for T8 4ft LED tube ?

I successfully bypassed a ballast to install a T8 4ft LED tube. But this time, I have a different kind of ballast (HOWARD INDUSTRIES M2/40RS-120, 60 HZ MAGNETIC BALLAST), one that can connect to 2 fixtures.
Please look at the pictures. Here are the pictures of my wiring: https://photos.app.goo.gl/AQjeZTGO3N7hFBUs2
I was planning to cut the 2 blue wires from side to ballast, and to connect 2 blue wires to neutral source (brown wire in my case). On the other side of the fixture, usually, from the videos I saw on the internet (I’m a beginner), there is only 1 yellow wire on the other side of the fixture to the ballast, and they cut it, an connect it to the line AC source (red wire in my case). But as you can see on the 3rd picture, I have 2 yellow wires, and 2 black wires that go in the thumbstone of the adjacent light fixture (see 4th picture).
So what should I do on the other side of the fixture with these 4 wires?

Jacques

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Take a closer look at the printed diagram just below the “Howard Industries” logo.

Post a picture of that diagram and we’ll tell you how to wire it.

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I would think you would no longer need a ballast if you are using LED.  If the LED tube is not rated for AC in, you would need  something to convert the power from line AC to whatever type of required.  Do you have any specs or name/model on the LED tube?

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villemiami wrote:
Click on https://photos.app.goo.gl/JPSPKOw18NIf6bEk2

According to the diagram Red and Blue goes to the extreme ends of each T8 tube and Yellow is common and goes in the center for both tubes.

White and Brown goes to the mains power line.

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2 styles of LED conversion I know of . 1- both positive and negative on same end of tube ( other end dead ) or 2-Positive on one end and negative on other end . Either way , incoming black goes to one prong and white goes to the other prong .

There are LED bulbs that operate with the existing ballast but I would avoid this style . Ballasts are the weak link , especially with cheap fixtures .

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Here, is this what you meant?

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Right now, I have only 1 LED tube and it should be enough, because in the kitchen, there are already 2 fluorescent tubes on the same fixture close by. So I need to know what to cut and what to connect for only 1 LED tube. But it would be better if this LED tube is located on the left fixture which doesn’t have the ballast (on the left of the one with ballast, because it’s right over the stove).
You already saw the right side of the left fixture on the 4th picture (with the 2 black wires in the thumbstone).
On the left side of the left fixture, there are 2 white wires, that are connected to the ballast of the right fixture to the 2 red wires on the right side of the ballast.

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So what should I do?

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I’m sorry your last post was a bit confusing. Glasses

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I have upgraded/replaced T8 bulbs before at the shop. Basically the ones we bought, do not require the ballast. We removed the ballast. We had to buy some non shunted tombstones for the Black (HOT) and White (NEUTRAL) prongs that make electrical contact. The regular tombstones used in florescent tubes are shunted on most of them as the electrical contact is made across the entire tube to the other end. Most of the LED versions only make contact on one side, at least the double prong versions of these LED lights anyways. You can use the original shunted tombstone for the plastic prong side to simply hold the T8 in place as no electrical contact is made there. For the business end where the metal prongs are, you need non shunted tombstones so your Black (HOT) and White (NEUTRAL) are separated and not shorted like a shunted tombstone. It really wasn’t too difficult to upgrade the lights.

It all depends on the bulb setup you bought.

https://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Non-Shunted-tombstone-fluorescent-...