Garage fluorescent lights burn out in months - HELP
I have had troubles keeping light in my garage for years. I have 2 standard bulb fixtures and a typical 60 watt bulb only lasts 3 months or so. I switched to fluorescent tubes a few years ago and powered them using screw in adapters into the sockets. They too burned out after only a few months. A few times I completely replaced the fixtures because it seemed that the ballasts went out. Today I checked every junction on that breaker to check for lose connects. I found one apparent problem: on an interior fluorescent light fixture that is between the breaker box and the garage lights, the ground wire from the ballast was connected to the hot supply that is apparently feeding the garage lights. I was surprised that the breaker wouldn't trip with this scary wiring but now I am wondering if this would even effect the garage lights?
Any other ideas on what could be causing this? I inspected every junction and everything seemed to be good connections and properly wired.