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GE Ultra Start High Output T8 Ballast

GE Ultra Start High Output T8 Ballast

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With Magnetic T12 ballasts getting hard to come by, and "long lead" ballasts nearly imposable to find, I decided to give in and get a couple T8 electronic ballasts. I'll be converting a pair of fixtures (one in use and one unused) to T8 so I can have their old ballasts available for other projects.
Since these particular lights are a PITA to open for relamping, and used in frequent switched applications, I'm going to be using programmed start ballasts to prolong lamp life. I was also pleased to find this ballast actually slightly overdrives the lamps, with a BF of 1.15. Most T8 ballasts I looked at only had a BF of 0.88.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:GE Lighting
Model Reference:GE-232-MVPS-H
Lamp
Lamp Type:Linear Fluorescent
Shape/Finish:T8
Fixture
Ballast Type:Electronic Programmed Start
Socket Type:Medium Bi-Pin (G13)
Electrical
Wattage:32
Voltage:120-277V
Current:0.64 amps
Physical/Production
Factory Location:China
Application/Use:Frequently switched applications

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Apr 18, 2011 at 05:37 PM Author: Luminaire
How much and where did you get this from?
This ballast is parallel wired and its rated for one lamp use as well. According to GE datasheet, it will drive it even harder, at BF of 1.37 with an input power of 46W driving one 32W lamp.
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Apr 18, 2011 at 05:51 PM Author: icefoglights
I got it from an electrical supply store locally. I think these were around $35 a piece. Despite the slight overdrive, it's fairly easy on lamps, thanks to its starting method. I opened this fixture up last week and even though it's been flipped on and off many times, there is no sign of darkening on the ends of the tubes. In another T8 fixture with an instant start ballast I have, the lamps are already developing dark spots on the ends, and that one has been T8 only about half the time as this one.

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Apr 18, 2011 at 07:22 PM Author: Luminaire
When you're operating two lamps, its fine, but 1.37 in single lamp mode is a hard drive. I wouldn't do it to expensive special lamps.
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Apr 19, 2011 at 12:57 AM Author: yuandrew
I bought the normal-output version of this ballast for the restroom at my Uncle's auto garage when they did a T8 conversion last August. Knowing that the light in there gets switched on and off over 20 times a day, I suggested the programmed start ballast over the cheaper, more common instant start. Working great so far and I don't see any end blackening. Expensive but we got a discount under a program through Anahiem Public Utilities.

Mine looks the same but says 2N in the upper right corner. The 2 denotes a tu-lamp ballast and the letter N means normal (.89) ballast factor. H would be a high ballast factor in your case. Great feature as it lets you know what ballast is what at a glance in a box

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Oct 21, 2011 at 07:38 PM Author: icefoglights
I just got a pair of the 2N versions.

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Oct 22, 2011 at 01:25 AM Author: Ash
Why are the normal ballasts 0.89 and not 1.0 ?
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Oct 29, 2011 at 04:24 PM Author: icefoglights
I'm not sure, however I just discovered there is also a 2L (and 4L) low output version with a ballast factor of 0.71.

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