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Fluorescent Ballast – Why It May Help

Are you in the market for some new fluorescent lighting?  If so, you’ll probably want to consider getting a fluorescent ballast with the lamps or lights that you end up buying.

It’s a small touch in the grand scheme of things, but a fluorescent ballast will eliminate the unpleasant flickering that occurs so often when fluorescent lights are turned on.  Don’t know what I’m referring to?  Think back to your school days (this may depend on your age too).  Do you remember the lights turning on and the flickering that would commonly occur when the flip was switched on?  Assuming you do, you should know that a fluorescent lighting ballast will give your lights a jump start, minimizing the occurrence of any flickering.

Have a look at this ballast in action to see its effect on any flickering fluorescent light bulbs:

There are three types of fluorescent electronic ballasts that you may come across.  Without going into too much detail and keeping it in simple terms, let’s have a quick look at each to see which you may need.

First, there’s the instant start fluorescent lamp ballast.  As far as energy conservation goes, this will consume the lowest amount of energy, which is always a good thing for electrical bills.  It’s generally recommended for people who don’t turn their fluorescent lights on and off too regularly.  The most energy in instant start ballasts is used up when the lights are turned on and off, so you’re better off going with another ballast type if this describes your situation.  Otherwise, you’ll end up going through fluorescent light bulbs more quickly than you’d prefer.

Another fluorescent ballast type is the rapid start ballast.  This will help your fluorescent bulbs to last for a very long time, though the energy costs will be a bit higher here.  Think of it as a trade-off, and one that’s more suitable for your situation if you’re constantly turning your lights on and off.

The last style is the programmed start fluorescent ballast, which gives all of the great qualities of the rapid start ballast, and then some.  It’s also programmable, meaning that you can set it to switch your lights on and off when you’re not around, or via motion detection systems.  Think about bathroom lights in commercial settings that turn on and off when people enter a room.  Naturally, these will save owners of these fluorescent lighting fixtures a good deal of money over the long haul.  The up front costs are more expensive, and you’re really only best off going with these if you operate some kind of a business that may benefit from these features.  Otherwise, you’re probably unnecessarily spending extra money that would be better spent on some attractive fluorescent light covers.

The need to replace your ballast may arise from time to time.  While it may seem like something that requires the helping hand of a professional, it’s very well possible to do this yourself.  Here’s a step by step video that shows you how to achieve this on your own if you’re up for the task:

Whether you’re looking for a new electronic ballast or a fluorescent ballast replacement, you won’t have much difficulty finding something available with quick shipping options.  The most important thing to keep in mind is which of these three styles suits your needs, and whether the units you’re looking at fit the size requirements of your fluorescent lights or lamps.  Look for competitive prices and shipping incentives, as you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding either of the two.