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Fluorescent Ballasts

Last Updated: 09/19/17

A device used with an electric-discharge lamp to obtain the necessary circuit conditions (voltage, current, and waveform) for starting and operating.

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  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
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Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, energy efficient fluorescent ballasts have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that an installation of 100 instant-start ballasts could save a typical federal agency $1000, and 100 programmed-start ballasts could save the agency $700 in energy costs over the life of the ballasts, by using ballasts with FEMP required efficiency levels as compared to less efficient ballasts. Installing "best available" ballasts could save even more: $1700 per 100 instant-start ballasts, and $1000 per 100 programmed-start ballasts.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Federal purchasers may assume that Energy Star-qualified products and products meeting FEMP-designated efficiency requirements are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR fluorescent ballasts.

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Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings