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Ballasts

Ballasts
Ballasts
A ballast is an electrical device placed in line with a load to limit current. They are widely used in lighting applications to limit and maintain current that passes through fluorescent or high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.

Because fluorescent lamps a negative differential resistance characteristics, ballasts are necessary to prevent the current passing through the tube from rising too high. Ballasts used for this purpose are inductive, meaning they store current in a magnetic field. Other types of ballasts can function more like resistors or capacitors, or some combination of all three.

Modern ballasts are electronic, using solid state technology to provide proper operating conditions needed to power the lamps. They are usually smaller and more efficient than their magnetic counterparts, and may allow dimming using pulse-width modulation technology and high frequency adjustments.

HID Series Image
  • Designed to Operate for 60,000 Hours of Continuous Operation at Their Maximum Rated Temperature
  • Designed in Accordance with All Applicable ANSI Specifications including ANSI C82.4
  • Multiple Line Voltage Options from 120 V to 480 V
  • Power 50 to 1500 Watt Lamps
  • UL Component Recognized
Electronic Fluorescent Series Image
  • Multi-Voltage Ballasts Support 2 to 4 Lamps
  • Instant, Rapid, or Program Start
  • Class P Type 1 Outdoor Rating
  • 98% Minimum Power Factor
  • Class A Sound Rating
OPTANIUM Series Image
Philips Advance Optanium high-efficiency electronic ballasts are engineered to optimize lighting performance and maximize energy savings. These ballasts provide an unparalleled package of features and benefits to support the wide variety of fluorescent lamps out in the market place.
Optanium ballasts will help to meet a variety of application challenges including design, installation, maintenance, and evolving lamp technology. Optanium ballasts are available in a standard light output, high light output, and a low-watt design with input voltages of 120 to 277 or 347. Also these ballasts have a cold-starting capability down to -0°F (with standard lamps) These two features combined make it ideal for just about any T8 fixture design and application. These ballasts are available in either instant start or programmed start ignition for extended lamp life in frequent switching applications such as those where occupancy sensors or motion detectors are being used.
As a charter product in the NEMA Premium Ballast Program, Optanium ballasts are recognized as supporting energy-efficient lighting objectives. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has created this program to help lighting professionals and end users recognize the market's highest-performing ballast products.
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Still an appropriate choice for a variety of fluorescent lamp types on the market, standard electromagnetic core-and-coil-constructed magnetic ballasts continue to provide reliable service and economy across a wide variety of lighting system applications. Available for a large percentage of fluorescent lamp types sold today, Philips Advance branded standard magnetic ballast line has been an industry leader for over 60 years.
These ballasts are suitable for a range of common applications such as general office lighting, warehouses, and parking garages, as well as other applications requiring standard fluorescent lamps.
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Mark 10 Powerline electronic ballasts provide an easy solution to making fixed-output linear fluorescent systems more cost-effective and sustainable without the need for additional control leads.
Installation is as easy as replacing the ballast, and adding a dimming control connects to your existing wiring.
Mark 10 Powerline ballasts bring the convenience and flexibility of fluorescent dimming to conference rooms, private offices, auditoriums, architectural cove lighting - anywhere dimming is required but control leads are not already installed.
Conveniently-packaged these Ballast Kits come complete with a Mark 10 Powerline ballast (available for a wide variety of popular T8 and T5/HO linear fluorescent lamp wattages as well as T4 and T5 compact fluorescent lamp wattages), a mounting plate adaptor, lead wire, and a wire extraction tool for the ultimate in ease and versatility.
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  • One or Two Lamps per Ballast
  • Minimum Power Factor of 97%
  • Class P Type 1 Outdoor
  • Class A Sound Rating
Howard Electronic Compact Fluorescent ballasts offer first-rate performance and solid reliability. All models are UL certified and feature program start, universal voltage (120-277v), bottom or side entry terminal blocks, color-coded wiring, and end of lamp life protection, backed by a five-year warranty. Howard CF electronic ballasts are available in thirteen (EP2/13CF/MV/K), eighteen (EP2/18CF/MV/K), twenty-six (EP2/26CF/MV/K2), and forty-two (EP2/42CF/MV/K2) wattages, making them ideal for a wide variety of compact fluorescent lamp applications.
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Today's fluorescent fixtures offer greater flexibility and energy savings for residential and hospitality settings than ever before, thanks to Philips Advance AmbiStar™ electronic ballasts. No matter what type of fluorescent lighting you're considering, these ballasts help create warm, inviting interiors while providing Class B FCC EMI Rating - a requirement for the EPA ENERGY STAR® residential lighting fixtures - at a very competitive price.
AmbiStar fixed and dimming fluorescent ballasts feature sleek, compact designs to fit in today's stylish fixtures. AmbiStar ballasts deliver quiet, flicker-free performance, which makes them perfect for any residential or hospitality setting. Fluorescent lighting isn't just for garages and basements anymore.
AmbiStar dimming ballasts are designed to work with most incandescent dimmers, and are easy to install with new or existing dimming systems.
MARK 10 POWERLINE Series Image
Mark 10 Powerline electronic ballasts provide an easy solution to making fixed-output linear fluorescent systems more cost-effective and sustainable without the need for additional control leads.
Installation is as easy as replacing the ballast, and adding a dimming control connects to your existing wiring.
Mark 10 Powerline ballasts bring the convenience and flexibility of fluorescent dimming to conference rooms, private offices, auditoriums, architectural cove lighting - anywhere dimming is required but control leads are not already installed.
Conveniently-packaged these Ballast Kits come complete with a Mark 10 Powerline ballast (available for a wide variety of popular T8 and T5/HO linear fluorescent lamp wattages as well as T4 and T5 compact fluorescent lamp wattages), a mounting plate adaptor, lead wire, and a wire extraction tool for the ultimate in ease and versatility.
MARK 7 0-10V Series Image
The Mark 7 0-10V series of dimmable electronic ballasts incorporates separate control leads for use with a wide array of controllers, including occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting controls, and building management systems from more than 30 manufacturers. When paired with energy-efficient linear T8, 4-pin CFL, or T5/HO lamps, Mark 7 0-10V ballasts optimize the benefits of such popular sustainable lighting techniques as daylight harvesting, occupancy sensors, and load shedding to drive maximum energy cost savings and reduce environmental impact.
These ballasts are ideal for such applications as conference rooms, auditoriums, educational facilities, hotels, restaurants, and department stores as well as other new construction or retrofit installations. In addition, the 0-10V DC operation of the ballast reduces the number of controls required and allows for a single control to operate across branch circuits.
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