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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.

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Core and coil ballasts consist of one, two, or three copper or aluminum coils on a core of electrical-grade steel laminations. With an exclusive core and coil design and manufacturing process, Philips Advance ballasts offer unparalleled reliability and safety as well as superior performance. Inclusive to a number of different products, including VAL-U-PAK and HID Ballast Replacement Kits and Class N (-200°C insulation) and 5-TAP™ models, Philips' core and coil design for HID ballasts optimally support a range of commercial, industrial, and public/recreational applications.
Philips Advance core and coil ballasts are suitable for such venues as parking lots and garages, landscape lighting, and sports lighting.
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  • 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
CENTIUM Series Image
Reliable and robust, this broad line of Centium high frequency electronic ballasts for T5, T5HO, T8 and T12 fluorescent lamps offers all of the necessary commercial grade specifications plus the added benefits of lamp striation reduction technology making these ballasts compatible with all energy saving T8 lamps. This provides a more sustainable lighting solution over standard T8 or T12 fixtures.
Centium ballasts are an optimal choice for a broad range of new construction and retrofit applications within the commercial sector including general office lighting, conference, meeting, and board room applications, indirect and decorative lighting, and new fixture designs requiring smaller ballasts.
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. A selection of Centium ballasts meet these requirements.
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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.
CENTIUM Series Image
Reliable and robust, this broad line of Centium high frequency electronic ballasts for T5, T5HO, T8 and T12 fluorescent lamps offers all of the necessary commercial grade specifications plus the added benefits of lamp striation reduction technology making these ballasts compatible with all energy saving T8 lamps. This provides a more sustainable lighting solution over standard T8 or T12 fixtures.
Centium ballasts are an optimal choice for a broad range of new construction and retrofit applications within the commercial sector including general office lighting, conference, meeting, and board room applications, indirect and decorative lighting, and new fixture designs requiring smaller ballasts.
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. A selection of Centium ballasts meet these requirements.
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.
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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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