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Ballasts to drive fluorescent bulbs/tubes

30.9.2014

 

Our UV lights are mostly based on fluorescent bulbs.  These bulbs require a special ballast to operate.  Lots of folks buy surplus transilluminators on Ebay and upgrade them to very powerful SW lights using off-the-shelf bulbs and new electronic ballasts.  When asked, I always recommend Fulham ballasts.  They have a complete line of ballasts which will drive anything from a 9 watt bulb to 240 watts.

 

So if you're upgrading a "trannie" (DIY instructions here) or simply building your own light, use this chart to select your Fulham ballast.  (Of course there are other manufacturers, but I've tested Fulham - they just work).

 

Fulham Ballast Selection Guide

 

 

 

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