The GE UltraStart line of T5 ballasts incorporates the benefits of programmed rapid start ballasts with the energy savings, fast starting and parallel lamp operation of instant start ballasts. The GE 99655 electronic fluorescent ballast operates (1 or 2) F14T5, F35T5, F28T5, or F21T5 lamps at 120/277 input volts. Ideal for use in normal light areas, this programmed rapid start ballast is typically used in offices, board rooms, and retail.
GE UltraStart™ is a new generation of T8 and T5 Programmed Start (PS) ballasts that addresses the growing demand for energy-saving strategies incorporating occupancy sensors and other automated light controls to meet strict energy legislation. Switching lights off when an area is unoccupied or filled with daylight makes sense from an energy-savings viewpoint and it is also recommended or required now by several energy regulations.
These ballasts use a control circuit to apply very precise cathode heat to ensure that the cathodes have reached an optimum temperature during lamp starting. Precise starting significantly reduces the amount of cathode degradation associated with each start and increases lamp life significantly in frequently switched applications. GE has developed a line of PS ballasts that have the benefits of PS with the energy savings, fast starting and parallel operation convenience of instant start ballasts.