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lanyard_loop 05-16-2007 11:06 PM

Commercial Ballast for Residential ????
Hi All-

Subject: New General Electric commercial
electronic fluorescent T8, 32W, two bulb ballast.

Why is GE so adamant (in their instruction sheet)
about not using this commercial ballast for
residential? They even underlined the sentence.

Is it safe to use in my kitchen?

Thanks in advance!

hbsparky 05-17-2007 09:02 AM

have you checked the voltage....It could be marked commercial because the ballast is not a residential voltage. It could be 277 or 208 or something, however, most ballasts are dual voltage, until you hook it up, then it will only work on that voltage. check the voltage of the unit

lanyard_loop 05-17-2007 09:09 AM

Dual voltage input.


hbsparky 05-17-2007 10:18 PM

what is the model number

memargolis 11-11-2008 01:52 PM

Electronic Ballasts contain circuits that limit electrical noise conducted onto the power line or radiated through the air, otherwise referred to as EMI/RFI. This noise can interfere with electronic devices, and the FCC regulation you specified has a both a somewhat leniant commercial level of compliance and a much stricter residential level of compliance. You just might experience some whackiness with your consumer electronics gear, or you might not. I'd say roll with it and see what happens. The residential level of compliance is strictor so your lights won't disturb your electronics, or more importantly, your neighbors electronics. The FCC assumes commercial buildings are larger, thus the risk of neighbor interference is lessened, thus the standards for commercial buildings were loosened.

See for a detailed discussion. I have no idea where to buy a residential rated ballast.

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