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Full Power GE Rapid Start “Bonus Line” Ballast

Full Power GE Rapid Start “Bonus Line” Ballast

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There are 3 Sears shoplights with these in my basement. Since my house was built in the late ‘70’s, these should be the last of the PCB containing ballasts. They also run 35/34 watt lamps, though they never have for as long as I’ve known. Being a proper 0.8 ampere rapid start ballast, they run lamps quite brightly.

They are on so often that the sound rating A is a joke. They have a bit of a tar drip, and two of them are probably a class D sound rating by now. The third can only be heard if you go into the drop ceiling. Thankfully, my furnace and the compressor on my also vintage ‘70’s GE refrigerator usually cover up the ballast noise, as they are a lot louder.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:8G1022W
Lamp
Lamp Type:Fluorescent
Fixture
Fixture Type:Shop Light (Back when they were actually made well and not just a recycled soda can)
Ballast Type:Series Rapid Start
Electrical
Wattage:40w or 35/34w Rapid Start
Voltage:120v
Current:0.8a

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Nov 08, 2019 at 08:29 PM Author: ace100w120v
I have a Sears shop light over the very desk I am typing this comment at, with this same ballast. It, too, has leaked tar, and is a little noisy, but not bad. One of the brightest F40 ballasts I have. Currently runs a pair of DX Altos. I've also seen those shop lights come with Universal Therm-O-Matic ballasts. I've got several of them in use. I know of another at work I'd like to trade for some modern LED fixture, has a pair of Norelco F40CW lamps!
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Nov 08, 2019 at 09:47 PM Author: Fluorescent05
Nice ballast!

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Nov 08, 2019 at 10:41 PM Author: Seth11
I have an older version from 1972. It runs DEAD SILENT!! Absolutely an AWESOME ballast!!

NO MORE ELECTRONIC BALLASTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

MAGNETIC BALLASTS FOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAY NO TO BULB AND MAGNETIC BALLAST BANS!!!!!

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Nov 08, 2019 at 10:45 PM Author: Fluorescent05
I don't think these contain PCBs. I think the part where the label says "No PCBs" is ripped out.

Don't be fooLED, T8 IS the worst thing to do to a magnetic T12 fixture.

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Nov 08, 2019 at 11:06 PM Author: ace100w120v
I'm fairly sure mine is PCB-laden, but it works well.
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Nov 10, 2019 at 01:19 PM Author: Alights
I know of a township hall/ fire station that has hundreds of fixtures with these, a few 24/7 fixtures we opened still have original ballasts No tar leaks and many have 34W lamps, from 1978
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Nov 10, 2019 at 04:36 PM Author: ace100w120v
Never see that from LED...
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Nov 11, 2019 at 05:50 PM Author: Powergroove
I love changing the whole fixture at work when the ledisasters fail.

Keep government out of the lighting industry.

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Nov 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM Author: ace100w120v
Kind of a waste, as opposed to simply being able to replace lamps or a ballast.
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