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Universal 2xF40T12 Ballast - 466-LR-TC-P (from the free striplights)

Universal 2xF40T12 Ballast - 466-LR-TC-P (from the free striplights)

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A Universal 2-lamp F40T12 rapid start ballast - the gear inside these strip-lights
Mfd in 1979 .. confirming my assumption of "probably late 70's" (by looking at the fixture itself & the house it came from)
Haven't tested yet, but just knowing the reliability of these most likely still works :)

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Universal
Model Reference:466-LR-TC-P
Lamp
Lamp Type:Linear Fluorescent
Base:Medium Bi-Pin
Shape/Finish:T12
Fixture
Fixture Type:2-Lamp
Ballast Type:Rapid Start Magnetic
Socket Type:Medium Bi-Pin
Location:(laying outside)
Electrical
Wattage:2x 40w (or) 34w
Voltage:120
Current:430ma (ea/lamp) // .8a (line current)
Physical/Production
Dimensions:9.5x2.5x1.25 (inches,including mounting tabs)
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:11-1979
Application/Use:General Lighting

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Aug 26, 2011 at 08:10 PM Author: joseph_125
I have the exact same ballast too, mine is from the early 80s though.
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Aug 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM Author: DieselNut
Good old reliable stuff made in good ole USA!

Preheat Fluorescents forever!
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Aug 27, 2011 at 01:28 AM Author: Kev
Yes this looks MINT doesnt look like it has had much use at all??

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Aug 27, 2011 at 10:19 AM Author: xmaslightguy
Tested 'em today..fired right up almost 32 years old & still works perfectly

@kevxsi16v I think its actually had a fair amount of use .. the fixture itself had that typical gray-ish marks on it from hours/years of heat These old Universal ballasts age well(stay in good shape) as long as they don't get overheated.

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Aug 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM Author: Kev
That's what you need if only they still made stuff like this!!

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Aug 27, 2011 at 06:27 PM Author: xmaslightguy
So true!
Sadly due to last year's ballast ban, no more will be made

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Aug 27, 2011 at 06:31 PM Author: joseph_125
Yeah the only magnetic ballasts I see at the stores now are F20T12 HPF single lamp ones and F20T12 NPF double lamp ones. Although some store still have the 2X F96T12/HO ballasts in stock too.

Good thing I can still get magnetic F40 ballasts from surplus and salvage places.
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Aug 27, 2011 at 07:17 PM Author: xmaslightguy
All the Home Depot's here still also have 1-lamp F40T12 HPF ballasts ... but they're on clearance (might grab 1 or 2 when the price goes down more LOL)

I think FxxT12/HO magnetic RS ballasts can still be made/sold, as long as they're designed to work in cold-weather locations?

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Aug 27, 2011 at 09:18 PM Author: joseph_125
I believe the HO ballasts are exempt from the ban is they're rated for cold weather but the Home Depots in Canada switched to selling electronic 8' HO ballasts instead.
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Aug 27, 2011 at 09:30 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Are those electronic HO's at least rapid-start? instead of instant start?

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Aug 27, 2011 at 09:57 PM Author: joseph_125
The cheapo Accupro electronic ballast that I've tried instant starts everything but I'm not sure about the Advance version of it.

I'm probably going to replace the Accupro electronic with a proper RS Advance magnetic after the two Philips 95w Altos goes EOL though.
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Jan 15, 2013 at 08:12 PM Author: ace100w120v
Removed a fixture at my school today with a green-and-yellow-label .8A Universal ballast...Even though that was only two hours ago I don't remember exactly how it looked since I was helping remove the fixtures, I just noticed it was a green/yellow lablel Universal and full power. That one (one of two removed) is going to a friend and mine has a .77A Advance, that must be going bad since it clicks on and off every so often (seen these working for the last five years). So, I need a new ballast eventually...but nonetheless it still works for the most part. They'll be picked up tomorrow and I even put a handwritten sign on them saying "please do not throw away". When I pick mine up I'll post pics.
That one will be my second cool/vintage F40T12 fixture!
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Jan 15, 2013 at 09:46 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Ballast clicks on and off every so often means its overheating (thats the thermal protection kicking in)
Try it with proper 40w lamps (I'm guessing the school probably had that 34w es junk in it?)
If it still overheats, then don't leave it running unattended...

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Jan 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM Author: ace100w120v
It had 40w lamps in it...but it will still work as a "tester" one...I knew it was the thermal protection...
Or maybe it just didn't like those particular lamps...it will be tested with 34w ones of course...
I'm CERTAIN it's had 34w lamps in it before...but .77A ballasts can apparently run those without frying themselves like .8A ballasts tend to do (although my two .8A ballasts list 34w lamps; a dead Advance from 1979 and a 70s-80s GE BonusLine that has lost some tar but still works!
UPDATE: I got the fixture with the Universal AND the one with the Advance! The Universal ballast is almost certainly PCB-containing and is rated for 35w lamps but not 34 watters (although I'm sure it would work and I'm almost certain it had 34 watters at some point in it's past. It's rather buzzy until it warms up...or maybe until the flickery Sylvania /CWP lamp on one side I'm using warms up (seems the new ones do that)...or at least the two pairs I got in August of 2012...and one of those four popped it's endcap right off upon trying to install in the fixture with the Universal...although it had had a few hours of previous use...
I haven't tried it with 34 watt tubes yet but I tried one on the .77 amp Advance (the one that was tripping it's thermal protector) and it tripped. However it's fine with 40w lamps it seems, at least after a couple hours...although in it's previous location on a high ceiling at my school (heat rises; it was sweltering up there when I was helping remove those two fixtures) it was often on like 10-15 hours a day (and tripped on and off occasionally). For now it's running without the ballast cover and the door/diffuser/lens/whatever they are and seems fine.
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