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What is a ballast?

What is a ballast?
Price Each: $20.33
Item Number: BLF42816
What is a ballast? In layman's terms, it's simply a device within a fluorescent or HID light fixture that starts the lamp and then puts it at a regulated voltage for proper operation. When it starts the light bulb arc, it is configured to start at a very high momentary voltage, usually something that is milliseconds in time. This is enough to start that are extreme across the tube for either fluorescent or HID light bulbs. These are more complicated than one might think, they do a lot of different things in order to make a light system work properly. So it's a necessary part of any of this kind of lighting systems. They aren't like transformers, those simply step the voltage up or down and have no momentary high-voltage at all. It's a completely different thing. For today's LED light sources, a ballast is not required, but there is a driver within them to supply proper voltage for the lamp. But that's not a ballast. Most of the electronics of that type of system are within the lamp or within the light fixture itself and have a completely different operation. A ballast is something that is a consumable item within any light fixture. They do have a life and they do require replacement at some point in the future, they wear out! It's a simple operation to replace a ballast and every ballast has a label on it to identify exactly what lamps it operates in the voltage and everything you would need to know to get it replaced. You will often see it within what's called the ballast channel inside a fluorescent light fixture. Simply remove that and you will see the ballast and be able to service it accordingly. If you have an HID type of light fixture, then usually it's mounted somewhere in a box or behind the actual light bulbs somewhere. You can't miss it, it's very big and heavy and that's the difference between an HID and a fluorescent ballast. There are two main types of ballasts, one would be electronic, the other would be magnetic. The ballast is a solid-state ballast that has no windings inside. It is therefore much lighter than the magnetic. The magnetic ballast is an older style of ballast that has copper windings and electronics making it much heavier. The ballast is much more energy-efficient and it's what most people are using today. HID ballasts are core and coil ballasts, they are very heavy-duty and you will see the characteristic windings in the core. If you have any questions about replacing a ballast or which one you need to use, you can always give us a call or email us for the answers. We know all about ballasts and which ones to use for your situation. Here's one of the most common types that we carry, a T8 2-lamp ballast that we carry and a listing of many types that we have online.

Product features:
- Universal voltage 120 or 277 volt.
- Operates 2 - F32T8 light bulbs.
- fewer than 10% total harmonic distortion.
- Full light output.
- 5-year warranty.

Our goal is good lighting for you.
If you’re an electrical contractor or a commercial building owner, we especially will take care of you with lighting that’ll be the most energy efficient possible but also will come at a reasonable price. As we’ve stated many times on our website, we sell USA made products whenever possible and many times we can do just that. The quality of products made here in the USA is superior to a lot of the imported stuff that comes in. But of course, there are times when we can only sell and imported product. But be assured that we get just the highest quality proven products that will last for the long term for you. One of the services that we provide is doing layouts for people that need to know how many fixtures that they will need for their situation. It’s essential that we understand what you’re going to be doing underneath the lights whether it be a manufacturing facility, a warehouse or if the work is general lighting or delicate tasks. It matters because then we can help you determine what kind of foot-candle level you’ll need so that people can be the most productive they can in the workplace. It’s crucial to get lighting right the first time, so a lot of costly adjustments don’t need to be made later. And one of the things that we like to see people invest in is a lighting system that works with them far into the future.

Saving money is a good thing.
With today’s LED technology you not only get excellent lighting but you also get fantastic energy savings that will is gained in just a couple of years or less. Be aware that there are electric utility rebates that could help you reduce payback on a new lighting system. On the left-hand column of our website, we have a downloadable Excel spreadsheet that will give you simple lighting calculations as to how much you can save in both energy and maintenance. And if you’re a more significant quantity user of any of these type of light fixtures, we can get you special discount pricing. We stand behind our products with excellent warranties provided by our manufacturers against anything defective or damaged. We go to great lengths to properly package everything and make sure that never happens, but if it does, we stand behind it and will take care of you. Lighting is one of those things in life that never seems important until it’s not sufficient. It’s one of those things we take for granted as long as it works okay. But as soon as it doesn’t work correctly, you’re going to hear about it. That’s why we carry many replacement items that are part of any light fixture whether it be sockets, ballasts or lamps so that you can keep your systems running well. It’s vital for any business to have good productivity and lighting is one of those essential things that make it all possible.

How can we help you today?
If you’re unsure as to what might be the best light selection for your application, give us a call, and we can help you discover what might be best for you. And even if we don’t have what might work for you, we can refer you to others we know in the industry who may be able to help. It’s not just about selling you a light fixture or a light bulb; it’s about getting you the best possible lighting. Of course, we believe we have a wide variety of products that are going to be able to satisfy almost any need that most people have, and we're going to do it at a price that will make you satisfied. Once you see the quality of our lighting products, you’ll be back again when you have further need in the future. And that’s what we’re trying to create; we want to be your lighting vendor, we want to be a part of your business. You can contact us anytime by phone or email, and you can even text us to get the answers that you need. There’s never been a time to take a look at new lighting because of all the high energy efficiencies and how well they perform. Light can be a beautiful thing, and we want to show you how we can make it work optimally for you.
Item Number: BLF42816

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