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Advance Mark III Replacement Ballast

Advance Mark III Replacement Ballast

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I used this ballast to replace the HomeBrite ballast that came in a mid-90s Lithonia wraparound fixture in a storage room in my house. It is sold as a replacement ballast, which meant it had short lead wires. With the ballast offset to one end in the fixture, the red/blue wires were long enough to reach their sockets, but the yellow pair had to be spliced. Huge improvement in brightness.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Advance
Model Reference:R-2S40-1-TP
Lamp
Lamp Type:Linear Fluorescent
Shape/Finish:T12
Fixture
Fixture Type:Wraparound
Ballast Type:Magnetic Rapid Start HPF
Socket Type:Medium Bi-Pin (G13)
Electrical
Wattage:2x40
Voltage:120v
Current:.73 amps
Physical/Production
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:2006

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Jun 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM Author: DieselNut
If you think that sucker is bright, you ought to try a .85 amp full power ballast! Actually, even these Mark III ballasts will soon be collector items. They are out of production now, right?

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Jun 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM Author: icefoglights
I don't know if they are or not. I as at HD yesterday and they had new stock of Philips Advance Mark IIIs. A week ago all they had were Sylvanias.

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Jun 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM Author: DieselNut
It seems like I remember reading somewhere on Lighting Gallery that the ballast ban ceases production of almost all magnetic ballasts after July 1st, 2010. I hope they are making the HELL out of them right now if that is the case!!!!

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Jun 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM Author: Alights
@Icefoglights: thats strange my depot here sells GE ballasts and phillips lamps and lowes sells Advance, but sells sylvania and some GE fluorecent lamps. and menards sells sylvania ballasts, lamps ,and fake westy Hid lamps as well as sylvania.

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Jun 29, 2010 at 03:08 PM Author: icefoglights
In Louisiana I remember seeing Home Depot selling GE ballasts too. Here, Lowes sells Advance ballasts, which are almost all electronic now. Home Depot sells mostly Sylvania, but some Advance too, and most of their ballasts are magnetic with a few electronic T8 ones.

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Jun 29, 2010 at 03:51 PM Author: joseph_125
The Home Depots in Ontario sells Advance ballasts with Philips lamps while Lowes sells Sylvania ballasts with Sylvania and GE lamps. Both stores now sell mostly electronic ballasts now since the ban had already started up here in Canada. The local Rona stores here sell mostly Sylvania ballasts and Sylvania and Globe lamps

I remember the Home Depots in New York State selling GE ballasts and Philips lamps too.
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Jun 29, 2010 at 03:57 PM Author: icefoglights
Our Home Depot sells mostly Philips lamps, while Lowes sells Sylvania and GE lamps.

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Jun 29, 2010 at 05:10 PM Author: Luminaire
@DieselNut, this is a full power ballast. The power use is lower while the lamp power is about the same, because the ballast core and coil is made to be less lossy compared to older ones.
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Aug 14, 2010 at 12:02 AM Author: icefoglights
Ballast factor is .95.

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Oct 27, 2013 at 08:16 PM Author: Seth11
So, this ballast drives the lamps at full power?

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Oct 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM Author: DieselNut
No. If you do a side by side test using this ballast and full power .80/.85 amp ballast, using 40 watt tubes, the difference is obvious. The "energy saver" ballasts make the tubes flicker for a few minutes when they are cool, whereas the full power ones do not. Full power rapid start ballasts will also usually start without a ground, where as "energy saver" type will often not. When using 34 watt tubes, the brightness difference is not noticeable, by what I have seen. Still, these are great, reliable ballasts compared to the junk made these days.

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Aug 31, 2014 at 08:53 PM Author: themaritimegirl
This is a full power ballast. As Luminaire said, the Mark III Energy Saver ballasts have lower line current than other full power ballasts because they are actually more efficient than other ballasts. According to Advance's catalog, all Mark III Energy Saver ballasts are full power, and the specifications for this ballast state a 0.95 ballast factor, as well. I have the single lamp version of this ballast, and lamp current is a full 0.43A.

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Sep 02, 2014 at 10:57 AM Author: DieselNut
Do a side by side comparison with a .8 or .85 amp ballast (like a GE Bonus Line or Universal Therm O Matic) and you will see the difference. The newer ballasts were optimized for 34 watt tubes and will not cold start a 40 watt tube as well as the older types. I am no expert. I am only telling you my personal experience and observation.

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Sep 11, 2016 at 03:55 PM Author: ace100w120v
I hate the short-lead ballasts! (having to splice the wires). I can see why it's easier from a maintenance perspective, but to me it just seems like more points for failure, AKA wire nuts.
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