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Ebay Find: NOS Advance HPF Single Lamp Trigger Start Ballast

Ebay Find: NOS Advance HPF Single Lamp Trigger Start Ballast

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Got these off EBay for a total of $33. Kinda rare ballasts. Couldn’t pass them up. Got them for my Lithonia single lamp F15 and F20 strips to replace the GE NPF ballasts that we’re previously installed.

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Manufacturer:Advance
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Ballast Type:Magnetic Trigger Start
Electrical
Wattage:14,15,or 20w

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Feb 01, 2020 at 09:32 PM Author: joseph_125
I have a few of these, they used to show up at Restore so often and I would pick one up every time I had to stop buying them because I was running out of room. I think these ran the lamps a slightly higher ballast factor compared to their NPF cousins.
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Feb 01, 2020 at 10:21 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
I got some HPF ballasts in 1,2,3 lamp and they do indeed work better and more reliably in general compared to LPF/NPF.

I agree with Joseph, a higher ballast factor can be noticed

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Feb 01, 2020 at 11:27 PM Author: Seth11
So are these any good, and are they full power?

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Feb 01, 2020 at 11:32 PM Author: Seth11
I also have a two lamp version of these. Forgot to mention that these are from June, 2005.

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Feb 02, 2020 at 12:42 AM Author: joseph_125
Yeah, I like them compared to the NPF versions but you might have trouble fitting them in some fixtures designed around the LPF ballast case length and width. It shouldn't be a problem with most decently built fluorescent fixtures though.
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Feb 02, 2020 at 01:04 AM Author: Lightingguy1994

So are these any good, and are they full power?


Don't worry, those are great ballasts you got and they drive the lamps properly. Ever since i got mine I stopped messing with small LPF ballasts

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Feb 02, 2020 at 12:48 PM Author: don93s
The ones I have, same brand, don't seem quite full power....maybe 330ma tops. It still varies a bit between 14w thru 20w even though HPF. I dunno, some years they may vary. Some GE versions I have actually slightly overdrive lamps.

Advance brand

GE brand
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Feb 02, 2020 at 01:02 PM Author: suzukir122
I have two of these as well, and I highly agree with Don93s. Mine most definitely did not seem to be full power. Neither of them. I used them
with F15T12 lamps. The power was not at full compared to my 0.28amp GE Bonus Line HPF Trigger Start ballasts, AND, my 0.32 GE Bonus Line HPF
Trigger Start ballasts. The 0.32 ones were also 0 degree ballasts. Lamps ran much better with those ballasts, and provided nice EOL shows.
Even my Valmont Bonus Line ballasts, which seemed newer, ran lamps at full power noticeably compared to the Advance HPF Trigger Start ballasts.

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Feb 02, 2020 at 01:12 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
Yeah not sure about the full power on the HPF ballasts but the lamps do run better compared to LPF. The LPF i find makes the lamps rectify for no reason midway through the life span and this kills them faster. The electrodes also seem overly heated on LPF.

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Feb 02, 2020 at 01:18 PM Author: suzukir122
They do? lol they kinda seem overly heated with the HPF ones as well, specifically those GE Bonus Line ones. Not really with the Advance
ballasts though. I kinda wonder if that's why I was getting end blackening fast with the Advance ones?
Although I like LPF ballasts and NPF ballasts, I don't like them nearly as much as HPF ones. This goes for Rapid Start F40's as well.

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Feb 02, 2020 at 01:37 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
I havent noticed premature end blackening myself and i agree i like F40 HPF as well lol

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Feb 03, 2020 at 08:37 PM Author: don93s

Yeah not sure about the full power on the HPF ballasts but the lamps do run better compared to LPF. The LPF i find makes the lamps rectify for no reason midway through the life span and this kills them faster. The electrodes also seem overly heated on LPF.


On the subject of 14-20w LPF ballasts, they aren't created equal either. I have an older Advance that runs 20w at 315ma while an older Universal is around 260ma (about the same as 14-22w choke ballast on 20w).

If the lamp starts rectifying before EOL, there's a good chance one of the socket wires is not contacting properly to heat the filaments. LPF ballasts are really sensitive to this...including up to 40w. Often, a HPF lamp will still light fully, but not always, if one of the filaments isn't heating, depending on the lamp condition, ballast OCV, frequent starting, etc.
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Feb 03, 2020 at 09:30 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Nice!
Not often you see HPF RS ballasts for those shorter lamps

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Feb 13, 2020 at 11:34 PM Author: Seth11
Tested these ballast on my kill-a-watt meter.
F15T12: 0.21 amps, 26.0 watts, 0.98pf.
F15T8: 0.21 amps, 27.6 watts, 0.98 pf.
F20T12: 0.23 amps, 28.2 watts, 0.97pf.

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Feb 14, 2020 at 02:48 PM Author: suzukir122
@Seth11, look around for GE Bonus-Line HPF Trigger Start ballasts on Ebay. I can't stress it enough, there was definitely
a difference between the Advance and the GE ballasts.
Also, the Universal 0.28 HPF Trigger Start ballasts seemed weaker as well compared to the GE Bonus-Line ones. I keep forgetting
about that -- I still have a couple Universal ones left.

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