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Date Code (?) on One of my F40T12 Rapid Start Ballasts

Date Code (?) on One of my F40T12 Rapid Start Ballasts

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This looks like a date code on the bottom of one of the F40T12 RS ballasts in my 4 lamp F40T12 RS fixture.

If this is a date code could somebody date it please? Thanks.

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Manufacturer:Universal
Lamp
Lamp Type:F40T12
Base:Bi-Pin
Shape/Finish:Linear
Service Life:Varies
Fixture
Fixture Type:Louvered
Ballast Type:High Power Factor Mgnetic Rapid Start
Location:Church Basement
Electrical
Wattage:40W x 2
Voltage:120
Optical
Color Temperature:Varies
Color Rendering Index:Varies
Physical/Production
Factory Location:Paterson, N. J. USA
Fabrication Date:March 1961
Application/Use:Nothing now.

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icefoglights
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Jan 01, 2013 at 10:40 PM Author: icefoglights
I'm going to guess March of 1961

01010010 01101111 01100010 01100101 01110010 01110100

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Jan 01, 2013 at 11:21 PM Author: DetroitTwoStroke
Be sure to use only full power (40 watt) tubes with this one. These full power ballasts can overheat with energy saver (34 watt) tubes, and this one probably has a PCB-containing capacitor.
This ballast will probably outlive dozens of instant start electronic ballasts!

Pride and quality workmanship should lie behind manufacturing, not greed.

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Jan 02, 2013 at 06:02 AM Author: rjluna2
Indeed, icefoglights. It is March 1961 made

Be careful with this ballast, it has PCB inside the capacitor inside it.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Jan 02, 2013 at 08:23 AM Author: mrboojay
Thank you very much for the dating the fixture guys!

Would Phillips Altos count as using full power tubes? Unless those are not made in 40 watt any more.

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Jan 02, 2013 at 10:32 AM Author: DieselNut
You can get full power ALTO tubes, but there are much better choices out there, especially the Sylvania F40T12s.

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Jan 02, 2013 at 03:41 PM Author: DetroitTwoStroke
I agree with DieselNut. Sylvania makes better tubes, and GE aren't bad either. Philips tubes are lower quality and more prone to early failure, as Silverliner shows here.

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Jan 02, 2013 at 04:44 PM Author: DieselNut
Philips has had cheaper quality tubes, with much thinner glass and fragile as hell filaments, even long before the ALTO era.

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