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8G1022W GE Bonus Line Rapid Start Ballast

8G1022W GE Bonus Line Rapid Start Ballast

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I found this GE Bonus Line rapid start ballast at work yesterday. I was a little surprised because I didn't know that GE ever made Bonus Line ballasts in Mexico. The date code is FY.

It has been used but does not appear to have gotten hot. I have not hooked it up yet to test it.

This is also the first full power .8 amp ballast I've seen that is rated for 34 watt lamps. I believe this is the same ballast that is in all the rest of our lights at work. If it is, it does quite well with 34 watt lamps as that is all our maintenance staff buy. I haven't seen any of these die while running 34 watt lamps. They only fail when bad lamps are left in the fixture too long.

This is not long wire but I believe that is because it was chopped out of a light, presumably to be kept as a spare.

-Nelson

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Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:8G1022W
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Lamp Type:Fluorescent
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Ballast Type:Magnetic Rapid Start
Electrical
Wattage:2x 40 watt + losses
Current:0.8 Amps
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Factory Location:Mexico

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May 06, 2010 at 06:23 PM Author: xmaslightguy
I have a GE that looks very similar to this, but its a 8G1022 where yours has a 'w' at the end of the model# 8G1022W. Mine's not nearly in as good condition...

Good Ballast.

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

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May 07, 2010 at 06:17 AM Author: DieselNut
I would say both of yalls were made around the time Valmont bought out or was in the process of buying out GE's magnetic ballast line. They kept the numbers the same and even kept the "Bonus Line Ballast" with the Valmont ones. I need to photograph some of the various ones I have also, although they are not as pretty as yalls! LOL

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May 11, 2010 at 08:27 AM Author: nogden
I just tested this ballast this weekend and it works very well. It starts lamps almost instantly and has no problem driving 34 or 40 watt lamps. It is also the quietest magnetic ballast I have. I think I might keep this ballast. If the boss complains, I will give him one of my new E-Pak ballasts!

-Nelson
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Aug 09, 2013 at 10:52 AM Author: streetlight98
Nice! I have one jsut like it but it doesn't work. When i unplug it the lamps glow (probably the cap discharging). anyways, i needed the wires so i snipped the leads right at the ballast.. It is coded "LX" which is 11/84. your's is FY, which is 6/85.

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Mar 02, 2014 at 08:36 PM Author: ace100w120v
The date is on the flange, right? I once tried removing the (tar-covered) one out of my Sears shoplight to check the date but didn't find one on the flange or underside.
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Mar 02, 2014 at 09:05 PM Author: streetlight98
well in this case here the date is stamped on the ballast label on the far left. my bogusline ballasts had the date stamped on the label too. Not all of my GEs have a date on them though but if it's not on the label, i think GE always stamped it on the side of the flange.

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Sep 07, 2014 at 08:21 PM Author: ace100w120v
Yeah mine is certainly like this though I would NOT advise using 34 watt lamps since mine obviously overheated with them (but still works)
Mine has no date stamp on the underside but on the flange. I estimate it to be from '74='80 but could be wrong.
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Sep 07, 2014 at 08:33 PM Author: Alights
My grandma had one of these in the kitchen from 83' and it needed lamps upon replacing them it wouldn't start reliably, turns out the ballast failed! I took it home and ran some tests it's dead! It showed no signs of overheating and always had 40W lamps

Magnetic ballasts and old school electronic only zone!  No T8 instant start

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Sep 07, 2014 at 08:39 PM Author: ace100w120v
Like how "not reliably"...would it light sometimes?
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Sep 07, 2014 at 09:09 PM Author: Alights
Yeah the cap was on its way out, it would start very slow when it did, and sometimes nothing at all

Magnetic ballasts and old school electronic only zone!  No T8 instant start

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Sep 07, 2014 at 09:12 PM Author: ace100w120v
I wonder if it would work shunted for one lamp?
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Sep 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM Author: Alights
No it didn't, that was one of the 1st things I tried

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