What kind of ballast is used in CFL?

What kind of ballast is used in CFL?

ICF-2S26-H1-LD Advance SmartMate CFL Ballast.

Do you need a ballast for CFL?

All fluorescent bulbs require a ballast. All compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs require a ballast, which is often integrated. All HID bulbs require a ballast, which is sometimes integrated. No LED bulbs require a ballast, although some are engineered to work with an existing ballast.

Can you replace a ballast in a fluorescent light?

The ballast takes in electricity and then regulates current to the bulbs. A typical ballast will generally last about 20 years, but cold environments and bad bulbs can decrease this lifespan significantly. You can get a new ballast at a hardware store or home center and install it in about 10 minutes.

How long do CFL ballasts last?

One of the reasons behind this modular design is that a typical ballast can last 30,000 hours, while a typical CFL bulb lasts 10,000. Because the parts are independent, you only need to change the bulb part that fails.

What is the difference between a 2 pin and 4 pin CFL?

2-pin CFLs can only be used with magnetic ballasts, and 4-pin CFLs only with electronic ballasts. Many of these bases feature a stabilizing block that helps keep the bulb secure in the fixture once installed.

Are ballasts repairable?

While simply swapping burned out bulbs in an existing ballast is deemed “ballast repair” by many – and can offer advantages in longevity and energy savings – sometimes this simple “fix” is not enough.

How do you know if you need to replace a ballast?

If your fluorescent lighting is displaying any of the signs below, it could be a symptom of a bad ballast:

  1. Flickering.
  2. Buzzing.
  3. Delayed start.
  4. Low output.
  5. Inconsistent lighting levels.
  6. Switch to an electronic ballast, keep lamp.
  7. Switch to an electronic ballast, switch to a T8 fluorescent.