Can you replace a rapid start ballast with an instant start ballast?

The majority of commercial ballasts in the market that operate T8 lamps are instant start. Because of this, when retrofitting a rapid start system to an instant start system, some alterations to the socket wiring are required in order for it to work optimally.

How do I identify a PCB ballast?

Ballasts manufactured between 1979 and 1998 that do not contain PCBs are labeled “No PCBs” If a ballast is not labeled “No PCBs”, it is best to assume it contains PCBs. If the ballast does contain PCBs, they are located inside the small capacitor or in the surrounding potting material.

How do I know if I have an instant start ballast?

You can determine whether you have a compatible fixture in seconds. Simply turn the light on, then take a photo of the fixture using your smartphone or digital camera. If there are no dark bands on the resulting image, you have an electronic ballast that will work with direct drop-in LED tubes.

What are the types of ballast?

Types of Ballast

  • Broken stone Ballast. Broken stone is a widely used ballast in railways.
  • Sand Ballast. Sand can also be used as a ballast material.
  • Gravel Ballast. Ad.
  • Moorum Ballast. Moorum is formed by the decomposition of laterite.
  • Coal Ash or Cinder Ballast.
  • Brickbat Ballast.

How can you tell how old a ballast is?

Five Digit Date Code (Ballasts with “Version D_” indicated on the label)

  1. The first 2 digits (13) refer to the year of manufacture, 2013.
  2. The second 2 digits (49) refer to the week of manufacture.

How much does it cost to have an electrician replace a ballast?

A replacement ballast costs about $10-25 depending on capacity and brand. The bite is that an electrician trip charge (which includes 30 or 60 minutes work) is going to be $75-150 probably – for about 5 minutes work on each light fixture.