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affixes to Universal's fluorescent ballast catalog numbers « on: August 31, 2018, 11:39:16 AM » Author: musictomyeyes
Following affixes and definitions found in Universal's fluorescent ballast catalog UNIVERSAL BALLASTS for fluorescent lamps Dec. 1, 1977.

PREFIX TO UNIVERSAL CATALOG NUMBER

W- pp3
indicates the ballast complies with Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. requirements for Type One outdoor use and for wet or damp locations as well as for indoor use.

WP- and WPR- pp27
indicates the ballast is enclosed in a WEATHERPROOF case designed to withstand direct exposure to rain or snow.  A watertight junction box should be connected to this ballast.  The new round weatherproof ballasts have the prefix “WPR-” in the catalog number.  The rectangular weatherproof ballasts will continue to be available; use the prefix “WP-” in the catalog number when ordering.

SUFFIX TO UNIVERSAL CATALOG NUMBER

-2L pp9
TWO LEVEL LIGHT OUTPUT — These two level light output ballasts will operate 40 watt straight or “U” shaped Rapid Start fluorescent lamps.  They offer the user the option of operating at full light output or at a light output reduced to approximately 50% when full illumination is not required for the task being performed.  A proportionate decrease in energy consumption is realized resulting in a power cost saving when the ballast is operated at the low level.

-G pp31
low leakage to ground  Special one and two lamp, 30 and 40 watt, high power factor Rapid Start ballasts and a 20 watt, low power factor Trigger Start ballast are available to meet requirements for “low leakage to ground”.  When ordering these ballasts, specify “LOW LEAKAGE” and add the suffix “-G” after the regular catalog number.

-L pp8
indicates the ballast is manufactured in a LOW PROFILE (SHALLOW) cross-section case allowing for greater flexibility in fixture design.

-LH -VLH and -SLH pp3
indicates three types of ballasts with various heat characteristics.  The “-LH” ballast is a LOW HEAT rise ballast, the “-VLH” ballast is a VERY LOW HEAT rise ballast and the “-SLH” ballast is a SUPER LOW HEAT rise ballast.  Any one of these ballasts is to be used when the heat characteristics of the fixture/installation combination do not permit the use of a standard ballast.  These ballasts also generally contribute to a reduction in the use of energy.

-QP
I discovered this affix on UL Product Spec, later I found an example of it here on Lighting-Gallery.net: MagneTek UNIVERSAL™ 446-L-SLH-E-QP.  It seems Universal/MagneTek QUICK PLUG™ ballasts have no captive wire leads.  Instead of permanent wires, QUICK PLUG™ is an on-body coupler connector, used with an appropriate harness assembly.

-PL pp9
These two level ballasts are also manufactured with plug assemblies permanently attached to the ballast lead wires.  The switching from one lighting level to the other is accomplished by means of a reversible plug assembly.  All that has to be done is unplug, reverse and plug in again to change the light level.  The use of the plug assembly eliminates the need for wire nuts.  Also, the ballast is automatically de-energized when the assembly is unplugged.  To order the two level ballasts provided with plug assembly, use the suffix “-PL” with the catalog number.

-STF pp2
Safe-T-Fuse protection is available for all CBM (ETL) ballasts and high power factor Trigger Start ballasts.  To order, suffix the catalog number with “-STF”.

-TC pp2
Universal non-Class P ballasts with built-in automatic resetting protection will continue to be manufactured for those applications where Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. listed Class P ballasts are not available but automatic resetting protection is required.  To order, suffix the catalog number with “-TC”.

-TC-P pp2
Universal's Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. listed Class P ballasts should be specified as Therm-O-Matic Class P ballasts and are identified by the suffix “-TC-P” after the regular catalog number.

-WS pp3
indicates the ballast is provided WITH SOCKETS attached to the ballast leads.



meaning not known
Many suffixes appear without definition in that catalog.  I found (twice as many!) more mystery affixes in UL File FKVS.E15265.  http://productspec.ul.com/document.php?id=FKVS.E15265  Please add to community knowledge, reply with what you know about Universal model/catalog number affixes.

MSB- productspec
OD- productspec
USB- productspec
-3 pp4
-3L productspec
-A pp3
-B pp3
-BR pp3
-BE productspec
-BES productspec
-BK productspec
-C pp3
-CR productspec
-D pp3
-E productspec
-F1 productspec
-F2 productspec
-F4 productspec
-FL productspec
-H pp3
-H2 productspec
-H2P productspec
-J pp5
-JR productspec
-K pp7
-LL-TL-P productspec
-LR pp3
-N productspec
-P productspec
-PG productspec
-QC productspec
-QCZ productspec
-R pp7
-RP productspec
-RS pp3
-S pp4
-SL pp4
-STF productspec
-TC productspec
-TH pp6
-VLH0-QC productspec
-X pp4
-XLH productspec
-XR productspec
-Y productspec
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Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. bulldozed all legacy product resources. « Reply #1 on: December 11, 2020, 04:05:50 PM » Author: musictomyeyes
Until a few months ago, Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. (A member of the Panasonic Group) was hosting/serving a sizeable volume of articles and documentation covering their legacy products on their Web server.  Perhaps most useful, with highest amount of facts per file size, and of use to widest audience (buyers and sellers and maintainers, all), was Application and Performance Specifications (specsheets).  They were serving literature and documentation of perhaps every MagneTek/Universal ballast sold since 1990s.  It's gone, all gone.  I absolutely hate companies who do this.

To delete product knowledge and support resources, is to disrespect all: company's own heritage, company's reputation and customer confidence, mankind and planet.  If ever a thread starts with a wider scope, of any and all deleted/bulldozed support; then I will oblige to move this post to there.

Following locations were all on-line, serving files or lists, at 2020-07-03.  As of 2020-10-19, all were killed.

https://unvlt.com/pdf/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/addl-notes/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/application-notes/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/application-notes/linear-fluorescent/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/application-notes/superdim/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/applications%20docs/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/applications%20docs/articles/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/archive/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/archive/specsheets/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/ebook/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/_old/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/brochures/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/brochures/SuperDimProd.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/brochures/Surge%20Protector%20Flyer.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/catalogs/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/catalogs/Linear_Luminaires_Replacement_Parts_Catalog.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/flyers/Vossloh-LampHolders_Small%20Version.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/general-ballast-specs/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/general-ballast-specs/T5%20and%20T5HO%20Ballasts%20Specifications.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/media/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/obsolete/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/obsolete/Obsolete%20Cross%20Reference.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/tech-guides/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/techSupport/general_ballast_specs/index.html
https://unvlt.com/pdf/literature/troubleshooting/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/master_xref.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/productLines/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/productLines/ap_sheets/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/productLines/ap_sheets/Lamp/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/ES/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/439-L-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/704-L-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/ACMDCLUNV.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/Circline_T-9.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/CoverCaps.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specs/F54T5HO.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/439-L-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/446-L-SLH-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/449-LR-LH-WS-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/449-LR-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/449-LR-WS-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/specsheets/D700C150UVT-F.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/spectacles/439-L-TC-P.pdf
https://unvlt.com/pdf/xref/
https://unvlt.com/resources/literature-finder/articles-and-tech-papers/programmed-start-the-new-way-to-start-a-fluorescent-lamp.html

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Re: affixes to Universal's fluorescent ballast catalog numbers « Reply #2 on: December 11, 2020, 04:38:34 PM » Author: Rommie
What a company does with its own website is really up to them at the end of the day, you or I can agree or disagree all we like. Although I don't think posting all those dead links is going to help any, we'll get people complaining they don't work (even though you said as much).

Have you complained to the company concerned..? They may have moved the information to an archive somewhere.
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Re: affixes to Universal's fluorescent ballast catalog numbers « Reply #3 on: December 11, 2020, 04:56:19 PM » Author: Lumex120
That's just unbelievable. At the very least they could have posted a warning on their site a few months in advance to give time for anyone who wants to to download the stuff.

You might be able to find some of the pages on waybackmachine.org.
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Re: affixes to Universal's fluorescent ballast catalog numbers « Reply #4 on: December 11, 2020, 08:47:57 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
All I'm gonna say is NO company big or small is gonna save what they deem to be obsolete information .  We do exactly the same thing at work . After so many years it just becomes a waste of server space . My company won't even service some of our older vehicles anymore as they are considered obsolete in the industry due to outdated electronics , outdated lighting , etc. Therefore all specifications , schematics , diagrams , parts and manuals have been discarded .

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