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Ballast
A ballast is an electronic device that limits current. These are required for fluorescent bulbs.

The old school incandescent lamps didn't need a ballast, they used simple resistance to limit the current. CFL replacements have a ballast in the base of the lamp. This is why the screw in bulbs have that heavy base, the ballast (current limiter) is inside. The same is true for all fluorescent lamps, they must have a ballast.

Fluorescent tubes work by allowing plasma to flow through them, there is NO device in the lamp to limit this current. If you connected them directly to electricity, they would rapidly increase the power flowing through them until they exploded, a few seconds later. The ballast limits how much electricity will flow, thus protects them.

Some ballasts are a fixed wattage type, say 32 watts or 40 watts. Most of the ballasts we sell are not, and are adaptive wattage. These are much more efficient and allows for the same ballast to be used a lot of different ways. For example, a SunHorse will power 4 F71 lamps, or it will power 4 F40 lamps. It just automatically powers down when it senses the load on the F40 lamps, which are 2 foot shorter.

Fixed wattage ballasts are simpler to work with, but we use the new high frequency adaptive ballasts due to the flexibility and better power utilization. Our kits are designed around them, utilizing the best mix of power and output.

Solacure Means Quality

Solacure ultraviolet lamps aren't just good, we guarantee they are the best. We don't use stock parts anywhere in our products. Our glass is a special blend, and more transparent to UVA and UVB. Our 32 watt lamps use 60 watt rated cathodes and are tested at almost 70 watts of power. Almost all our lamps have built in reflectors. All are designed to be overdriven to extra high wattages. We test, and test, and test our lamps.

We stand behind everything we sell and guarantee each will perform exactly to specification, or we will replace them. We don't want your business this week, we want it every week, and we are willing to earn it. There really is a difference in quality when it comes to ultraviolet bulbs, and Solacure tops the list.

Buy with confidence: We like what we do, and we've been doing it for over 30 years.
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