Use 1 Lamp Only On 2 Lamp Ballast

Old 02-14-16, 04:26 PM
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Use 1 Lamp Only On 2 Lamp Ballast

one quick question for you experts. I need a one lamp ballast but cannot find any in the local electrical stores can I buy the ones which have two lamps ?
Old 02-14-16, 06:51 PM
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Sure... you can buy a two lamp ballast. Will it work.... maybe.

Usually the electronic ballasts will work with one tube but the tube may not last as long.
A standard old style magnetic ballast may not operate with only one tube.
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If it's instant start electronic you can usually simply cap one of the blue leads. Read the label on the ballast. If it lists 1-lamp, then it's OK. Many do.

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