If you have ever owned a property with florescent lighting, no doubt you
have in some way dealt with a ballast. Fluorescent lights are incredibly
common, especially in homes and business buildings. A ballast is a tool
that regulates the current in a circuit. For fluorescent lights, it regulates
and limits the current running through the tube. Without a ballast, your
florescent lighting would not be able to handle being connected to high
voltage power. Your lamp would overheat and burn out in a second since
the current would increase too quickly.
Atlanta electricians explain more about light ballasts and how they are beneficial to you.
Is there a difference between residential and commercial ballasts?
Commercial lighting is typically more intense than residential lighting.
Because of the intensity needed to light up large factories and warehouses,
commercial lighting produces a stronger magnetic influence and more heat
than the lamps you use at home. If you own a business and have florescent
lights installed, it is essential to call a professional Atlanta electrician
to handle it. Without the proper light ballast or installation procedure,
you could have a fire hazard on your hands.
When should the ballast be replaced?
If you are experiencing flickering or humming coming from your fluorescent
light, it could be a warning sign of an old ballast. The typical lifespan
of a light ballast is 20 years, but poor light bulbs or cold air can cause
the lifespan to reduce greatly.
When a ballast needs to be replaced, and you don’t know what you
are doing, it is in your best interest to always call a professional.
Electrical work can be incredibly hazardous and if you do not possess
the proper training you could severely injure yourself.
For more information about electrical work or how our team at Lightning
Bug Electric can assist with your fluorescent lights,
call our office today. We serve the Marietta and Atlanta areas!