Florescent T8 Ballast vs. Electronic T8 Ballast Florescent T8 Ballast vs. Electronic T8 Ballast
The technology around a t8 ballast has come a long way in recent years. There are a number of reasons why florescent ballasts, also known as magnetic ballasts, have been superseded by electronic ballasts, but there are two primary incentives: efficiency and operation.
The electronic ballast uses less energy than the older magnetic ballasts, plain and simple. This is a great reason to replace them with the newer, more efficient ballasts. Money is the greatest motivator. While the light output is slightly lower than the older magnetic ballasts, the loss is not significant enough to outweigh the performance and efficiency benefits.
Perhaps the primary reason to switch to an electronic ballast is the superior performance of the newer ballast. Many people are off-put by the flickering, hum, and slow starting performance of the florescent bulbs in florescent fixtures. These issues were due to the magnetic nature of the older style ballasts. With the new electronic ballasts, these issues are essentially eliminated. With an electronic ballast, there is no flickering of the bulb, virtually no hum, and the lights do not flicker nor do they have to warm up. When you flip the switch, the light comes on the same way an incandescent bulb does, without the annoying side effects.