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Old 12-07-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Lifespan of Ballast Lights


I am new to this Site..Sorry if this topic has been covered before..I am just trying to find out the Lifespan of Ballast Lights..I have a drop ceiling with 2 separate Ballast lights in my Kitchen..The Bulbs have been changed on 3 separate occasions in the past within say a period of 6 or 7 years with No Problems..But Now with a new set of Bulbs put in within a week the Lights have Given me a problem with going out and when I took the Bulbs out and reset them back in they would stay lit for awhile then went out again..Also the Ballast have felt pretty Hot after a short period of time being on...If I'm not mistaken I believe the Ballasts have been in the drop ceiling for approximately 20Years...
I am trying to ascertain is there a Certain Time frame or lifespan of a Ballast before they Start to go and need to be replaced?
Thank You Sincerely...
Perplexed in Floral Park,NY
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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When dealing with ballasts, anything more than 7 years old is considered a bonus.

If you got 20+ years out of `em you have gotten your money's worth.
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The standard magatic ballast can go over 10 years without much issue but with electrionic ballast the early one were alot of issue but now getting better now and they should last more than 5 to 8 years as long it not damaged by surge or overheat.

If the ballast is burnt out then it will be good time to reballast with electronic verison so you can run 32WT-8 bulbs and it will be much quiter than old magatinc ballast which from time to time you will hear buzzing noise.

They tyically run about 20 to 30 Euros depending on which verison you get { they have two and four lamp verison and few others.}

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