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Ballast

Informal; anything that helps bring balance to an economy or company. For example, if strong auto sales lift an otherwise stagnant economy, it may be said to be a ballast preserving GDP growth. The term refers to the weight that helps balance a ship at sea.
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DOE Energy Conservation Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts sets forth a regulation that creates a new metric for measuring ballast efficiency and establishes a higher standard of efficiency that will impact many of today's fluorescent T8, T5 and T12 ballasts.
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of power MOSFETs for use in high-efficiency power supplies for products such as LCD monitors, televisions and energy-saving lamp ballasts.
International Rectifier introduced the IRS2168D fully integrated and protected high-voltage integrated circuit (HVIC) for advanced electronic linear fluorescent lamp ballasts which incorporate active power factor correction (PFC).
Technology advances and new standards for equipment such as air conditioners, refrigeration equipment, water heaters and fluorescent lamp ballasts may bring further savings to a retailer's bottom line, according to U.
According to "Lighting Products Perspectives," a newsletter from Nashville, TN-based MagneTek, the Department of Energy (DOE) will be implementing new regulations regarding the manufacture and sale of fluorescent lamp ballasts.
The IRS2166 is a 600V fully-integrated and protected control IC for advanced fluorescent lamp ballasts which incorporate power factor correction (PFC).