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Re: Ballasts for flourescent lights
> Subject: Ballasts for flourescent lights
> From: Diana Berberich <fishfaceid at yahoo_com>
> Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 09:05:15 -0700 (PDT)
> I did call them and speak to them and got answers that made me feel
> that this might solve my problems. I am pleased with it driving my 4,
> 36 inch tubes. But I would like to convert or add some 36 watt or
> 55watt compact florescents (the double tubed jobs). Is there any reason
> to believe that this ballast or any other ballast that is designed for
> single tubes should not be appropriate to drive compact florescents?
> I have asked this question before but never got an answer from anyone.
> Thanks, Diana
The 36W compact fluorescents that are 16.5" long with a single T5 tube
bent in half will work just fine on a F40T12 ballast. That old "tar"
ballast that you have in your junk box from an old 4' fluorescent
fixture should work -- the lamp has *very* similar electrical
characteristics as the old 40W T12 lamps. The 36W to 40W compact
fluorescents that are 22.5" long will work just fine on a ballast made
for F32T8 lamps (usually electronic, but I think there are some magnetic
ballasts out there.)