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Ballast and Driver


Overview

Ballasts and drivers are devices, other than the lamps themselves, that convert raw power into a form suitable for a light source. ​

Devices include electronic and electromagnetic ballasts in interior and exterior fluorescent, high-intensity discharge (HID), and low-pressure sodium (LPS) lighting systems.

Products are essential in transformers and other conversion devices employed in the operation of low-voltage lighting systems, light-emitting diodes (LED), and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) drive circuits and power supplies for electrodeless lamps.

Activities

  • Recommends Standards to ANSI as American National Standards under the ANSI canvass method
  • Acts as Secretariat for the American National Standards Lighting Group (ANSLG), which covers lighting technology through Accredited Standards Committees (ASC)
  • ​Influences Standards development within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) by providing technical knowledge and submitting Section Standards for consideration as components or references of IEC Standards
  • Works with UL and CSA to develop North American Ballast Safety Standards
  • Addresses power quality and harmonic issues
  • Advocates for ballast in-rush and device compatibility

Applications

  • Industrial, commercial, and residential systems and standalone applications
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Lighting distributors
  • Lighting designers
  • Niche residential consumers
  • Retrofit and new buildings
  • Specifiers​

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