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definition of: BALLAST

What is BALLAST?

A device used to obtain the necessary circuit conditions (voltage, current and waveform) for starting and operating an electric discharge lamp.

All fluorescent and HID light sources require a ballast for proper operation.

references for this page: BALLAST, BF

references to this page: /BL, /SB, BALLAST FACTOR, ELECTRONIC BALLAST, HIGH OUTPUT FLUORESCENT, INSTANT START, LUMINAIRE, PREHEAT, PROGRAMMED START, PULSE START, RAPID START, STARTER, VERY HIGH OUTPUT