Energy Manager

Electrical & Lighting
American Ballasts’ high-efficiency ballast series

American Ballast, a global commercial and residential power solutions company with worldwide manufacturing capabilities, has developed a line of NEMA approved high-efficiency, multi-voltage ballasts. Providing up to 45 per cent energy costs savings in a wide range of applications including general, decorative, retail and indirect lighting, the energy-efficient electronic ballasts are designed for retrofits installations or new construction.


March 19, 2009
By Energy Management

The NEMA Premium Electronic Ballast Program provides the method for identifying the most efficient T8 fluorescent ballasts available in the market and identifies models that are consistent with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) specifications for high performance lamps and ballasts, tested in accordance with ANSI C82 Standards. Qualifying products have a special mark to help lighting professionals and end users identify the market’s highest performing electronic ballast products that will help support energy-efficient objectives.

American Ballast’s NEMA approved multi-voltage ballasts operate one, two, three, or four T8 lamps at an installer-simplicity universal input voltage of 108-305 volts. The electronic ballasts also feature parallel lamp operation, which enables lamps to continue operating normally in the event of a single lamp failure. The high-efficiency ballasts can utilize the same wiring and mounting footprint as conventional ballasts, negating the need for any expensive electrical work.

"Our new NEMA approved high-efficiency electronic ballasts use less input watts than standard efficiency electronic ballast and consume less energy than Rapid-start ballasts," said Eric Hsieh, American Ballast’s R&D Director. "The high-efficiency series allows our customers to experience maximum light output combined with minimum power usage."

The electronic ballasts feature Instant Start technology with parallel circuit configuration and are engineered to outperform other instant start ballasts as well as rapid start ballasts in short-cycle and frequently switched applications. The high-efficiency ballast series has exceptional power quality with a power factor of >98 per cent and a THD of 10 per cent. The ballast series also features silent, flicker-free operation and anti-striation control creates an even level of light output. The lumen output for these NEMA approved ballasts is 0.87. The minimum lamp starting temperature is -18°C.

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With a NEMA certification, customers are guaranteed a high-performance T8 ballast that meets FCC rules and regulations, ANSI requirements and complies with all applicable state and federal efficiency standards, as well as meeting RoHS standards.

Through its extensive burn-in, full-functional and advanced-life testing procedures, American Ballast confidently offers a five year warranty on the ballast product family. All American Ballast lighting solutions are UL and CuL Listed.

For more information about the NEMA approved high-efficiency ballast series, visit American Ballast at www.americanballast.com.