Performance of Electronic Ballasts and Other New Lighting Equipment

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This study discusses parameters for selecting the most suitable auxiliary lighting device to operate and control gas-discharge lamps. The devices tested in this study include solid-state, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge (HID) ballasts; current limiters; and dynamic lighting controls. They have been evaluated when operating the standard, 40-W, F-40, T-12, rapid-start, cool-white fluorescent lamps.

Solid-state ballast performance varied widely, from 68 to 79 lumens per watt (1m/W) in efficacy, and from 0.83 to 0.98 in ballast factor. System efficacy was measured at up to 26% higher than standard core-coil ballast efficacy.

Current limiters used with standard core-coil ballasts reduce light output and input power by 30 to 50% and may be suitable as retrofit devices to reduce light in overilluminated spaces. In operation a t a constant lamp wall temperature, these devices either maintain or reduce system efficacy.

Dynamic lighting controls (which vary the light output) condition the power to standard core-coil fluorescent ballasts, and low-voltage-type controls alter the oscillating circuit of solid-state ballasts. Power conditioning systems are generally designed to operate many ballasts and most can dim lamps to 50% of full light output. The solid-state ballasts control individual lamps and can dim them to 10% of full light output.

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EEB-L-85-08, L-105