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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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Electronic fluorescent ballasts market estimate and forecast, 2010 & 2018 (USD Million)
Summary: The research report on "Energy Efficient Lamps and Ballasts market -- Latin America Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 -- 2018" provides detailed analysis of the Latin America energy efficient lamps and ballasts market and market growth.
In November 2011, The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new rules regulating the efficiency of fluorescent lamp ballasts, which take effect on November 14, 2014.
Many older ballasts can leak when they fail, leading to elevated levels of PCBs.
State Systems Inc, a privately owned total protection company based in Memphis, Tennessee, has chosen Green Ballast Inc.'s (OTC BB: GBLL) patented daylight harvesting fluorescent light ballasts to be installed in State Systems' corporate headquarters and warehouse facility.
In the March issue of LD+A, Willard Warren called attention to The New York Times' December report on PCBladen magnetic ballasts in New York City schools.
For example, HPS lamps for use on mercury vapor lamp ballasts that operate at 10 percent lower power have been described in the literature (Ravi and others 1993).
Find electronic ballasts in the lighting department at most home centers.
In addition, amalgam low-pressure UV lamps--the most common type--are usually powered by electronic ballasts. Because low-pressure water systems use a high number of lamps, the corresponding high number of electronic ballasts are extremely costly to maintain and replace.
T5HO ballasts feature Universal Lighting's AccuStart 5-programmed technology and are ideal for high bay fixtures where occupancy sensors are used.
Tom Ribarich, director, Lighting Design Center at International Rectifier, said, "The IR2167 is maximized for high-end, indoor lighting ballasts where power factor correction at the mains input is required by law.
John Ronfell says these Enersave ballasts are technically superior to anything on the market with features of low temperature operation, quality electronics and long life, reduce stock holding requirements and logistics management by a factor of four.