Electronic Ballasts feature instant-start design.

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Optanium(TM) Ballasts for T8 lighting systems are offered in standard and low-watt designs with ballast factors of .88 and .78, respectively. Independent lamp operation allows other lamps to continue operating if one or more lamps should fail. Operation between 40 and 50 kHz helps prevent interference with infrared control systems. Ballasts are available for 1, 2, 3, or 4 lamps, on both 120 and 277 V systems. Energy-efficient ballasts are suitable for long-burning applications.

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Advance Launches Highly Efficient Optanium(TM) Instant Start Electronic Ballast Line

Advance Transformer Co., Rosemont, Illinois, has announced the availability of its new Optanium(TM) line of energy-efficient electronic ballasts for T8 lighting systems. According to Advance, the line is designed to maximize energy savings while providing optimal lighting system design flexibility.

To meet users' specific needs, Optanium ballasts are available in two versions: a standard light output design with a .88 Ballast Factor, and a low-watt design with a .78 Ballast Factor. All Optanium ballasts are instant-start, high-efficiency designs that substantially reduce ballast wattage losses compared with standard-efficiency units, helping users lower their operating energy costs significantly. As an example, an Optanium ballast with .88 Ballast Factor operating two standard F32T8 lamps will provide savings of 4 input watts compared to a standard electronic ballast operating the same lamps, with no difference in light output. Utilizing the new 30W F32T8/ES lamp will yield further energy savings. The resulting energy cost savings can total over 10%, with even further savings made possible through the substitution of an Optanium low-watt ballast with .78 Ballast Factor.

Optanium ballasts' efficiency makes them ideal for long-burning applications, particularly in locations where energy costs tend to be high. The ballasts are highly suitable for both new construction and retrofit installations, especially in retail, warehouse and general office applications.

For optimal fixture design flexibility and ease of shipping and installation, Optanium ballasts feature a low-profile, lightweight housing with the same mounting "footprint" as standard electromagnetic and electronic ballasts. Also included is an independent lamp operation (ILO) feature, allowing other lamps to continue operating if one or more lamps in a fixture should fail. The ballasts' operation between 40 kHz and 54 kHz helps prevent interference problems with infrared control systems and commonly used Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems. An auto-restrike capability feature eliminates the need to reset power mains after failed lamps are replaced.

Optanium ballasts are designed for maximum versatility, enhanced by such features as 0°F starting on standard T8 lamps for reliable operation in cold environments, and 20-foot remote mounting/tandem wiring capabilities. Each ballast will operate a variety of lamp types, including F32T8, F32T8/ES, F25T8, F17T8 or F40T8 lamps.

Both standard and low-watt Optanium ballasts are available for the operation of one, two, three or four lamps, on both 120-volt and 277-volt systems. (Three and four lamp versions available in December, 2002.) Optanium ballasts featuring programmed-start lamp ignition and IntelliVolt® multiple-voltage technology will be made available in the near future.

Advance Transformer Co., a leading ballast manufacturer based in Rosemont, Illinois, designs, produces and sells a full line of magnetic and electronic ballasts for both fluorescent and HID lamps. For more information on Advance's complete product line, visit Advance's web site at www.advancetransformer.com or call Advance at (847) 390-5000. Advance is a division of Philips Electronics North America Corporation.

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