Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. New tool tests fluorescent bulbs and ballasts, in some cases, without a ladder. The electrician who walks around the office all day with a cart full of bulbs may be eager to try out Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.'s new fluorescent-lighting tester, which combines bulb and ballast diagnostics in one handheld tool.Because few options exist to test fluorescent bulbs before replacing them, lighting technicians “have adopted a replace-and-hope strategy,” says Jon Morrow, director of product marketing for Milwaukee's testing and measurement line. “There is no meter out there to test and diagnose lights,” he
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