HID lighting is the type that has a very high light output and
operates on magnetic core and coil ballasts. They were developed to be
more energy efficient than the old style mercury vapor lamps they eventually
replaced. It has been a trusted source of light
year after year, and it's the standard for applications like industrial, roadway
or security lighting.
For your general information, the high pressure sodium lamp gives off a golden white color and
metal halide illuminates with a white light, that is how you can tell the
But sometimes it can be a little difficult finding
a replacement ballast. That's where we come in, we're eLightBulbs.com and we carry
the HID ballasts you need at a reasonable price. We have Universal HID ballasts for all kinds of existing
fixtures including industrial low bay and high bay, shoebox, roadway or security light fixtures. You can count on Universal Lighting Technologies for the widest variety
of ballasts for all kind of lighting applications. We're
are one of the largest distributors of this product line and we can't think of a better way
to maintain your home, municipal or security lighting.
As with all HID bulbs, they operate on magnetic or sometimes
electronic ballasts to make them work. Universal ballasts for our HID lamps are one of the most popular brands in the industry with
a history of reliable service that goes back many decades. We stock them in a
multi-tap voltage configuration which
means you can use them on 120, 208 or 277 volt circuits. We have 480 volt
ballasts but those are almost always a dedicated voltage. In either case, we make it
easier for you by providing the correct one, without having to keep individual
voltages on the shelf. It should also be mentioned that ballasts for
various types are not interchangeable. For example, a 400 watt metal halide and
a 400 watt high pressure sodium do not use the same ballast.
The range of the product line includes operation for all the
general categories of HID and all the available wattages used in industry today.
All of them have a capacitor as part of the kit which provides a high voltage
for a moment, in order to start the arc. If you're lamp has quit operating
and you know it's not the bulb, then you must assume that the ballast or the
capacitor needs to be changed. It's a maintenance issue for building
managers of warehouse, industrial, roadway and security lighting. It's
usually okay to retrofit a system such as high pressure sodium to metal halide
as many people prefer the pure white color of the halide lamps. The socket
is usually the same and it's simply a matter of changing the ballast and lamp.
Keep in mind that there are various types of Universal ballasts, we describe some of the general characteristics of them for industrial lighting
today. Whatever type you have, you will be getting the most reliable
ballast on the market today. Our inventory of ballasts is one of the
most complete available online. There's really no ballast,
either electronic or magnetic, that we
can't replace with the Universal brand. If you need help identifying
a ballast, our customer service representatives can help you determine what you
have. They're experts at helping you find what you need. It would be
helpful if you can give them the number off the ballast label as that will help
the process go faster.