Lighting Ballasts

A lighting ballast helps to safely start and operate lighting equipment such as fluorescent or HID lamps. They provide the lamp with the correct voltage at its initial start up and then adjusts the voltage input to maintain the safe running of the lamp during use. Our range of lighting ballasts includes electronic and electromagnetic products from some of the industry's leading brands, including Osram, Philips Lighting, Tridonic and our own RS PRO.

How do lighting ballasts work?

Without a ballast to limit its current as part of its circuitry, a fluorescent lamp would overheat and burn out within seconds, drastically reducing the bulb's operating life. The ballast counteracts this by briefly supplying an initially-high voltage that establishes an arc between the two lamp electrodes when the bulb is turned on, bringing the light to life. Once the arc is established, the ballast quickly reduces the voltage and regulates the electric current to produce a steady light output without overheating or overpowering the bulb, allowing it to remain lit without issue and therefore extending its performance life. For more information on how it works, you can consult our complete Lighting Ballasts Guide.

Types of Lighting Ballasts

The most common types of ballasts are magnetic and electronic, and they come in several start technologies to suit different purposes.

  • Magnetic Ballasts – Magnetic ballasts are located inside your light sockets between the plug and the light bulb and the power cable. They convert mains electricity into a correct voltage to start, make sure that you always match the wattage of the ballast to the wattage of the lamp.
  • Electronic Ballasts – Electronic ballasts alter the flow of electricity in the light bulb by using a series of induction coils that are separated from one another. They change the frequency of the electrical current without changing the voltage. While magnetic ballasts in fluorescent lamps work at a frequency of 60 Hz, electronic ballasts greatly increase that frequency of 20000 Hz. This high frequency ensures you will not see the lights flickering and will not hear a buzzing sound.

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Description Price Wattage Ballast Type Supported Lamp Shape Supported Lamp Type Voltage Rating Dimmable High Frequency Length Width Height Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Dimming Protocol EU Energy Efficiency Rating
RS Stock No. 778-5329
BrandRS PRO
SGD54.64
Each
units
18 → 36 (T8) W, 24 → 36 (TC-F) W, 24 → 39 (T5 HO) W, 34 → 40 (TC-L) W Electronic T5 HO, T8, TC-F, TC-L Compact Fluorescent, Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 360 mm 30 mm 26mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 796-1909
BrandRS PRO
SGD98.73
Each
units
32 W Electronic - LED 220 → 240 V Yes - 103 mm 67 mm 21mm -25°C +50°C DALI -
RS Stock No. 796-1918
BrandRS PRO
SGD97.69
Each
units
80 W Electronic - LED 220 → 240 V Yes - 360 mm 21 mm 30mm -25°C +50°C DALI -
RS Stock No. 778-5326
BrandRS PRO
SGD48.66
Each
units
18 → 36 (T8) W, 18 → 36 (TC-F) W, 18 → 40 (TC-L) W, 24 and 39 (T5 HO) W Electronic T5 HO, T8, TC-F, TC-L Compact Fluorescent, Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 285 mm 30 mm 26mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 796-1898
BrandRS PRO
SGD84.68
Each
units
80 W Electronic - LED 220 → 240 V Yes - 280 mm 21 mm 30mm -25°C +50°C - -
RS Stock No. 796-1895
BrandRS PRO
SGD90.23
Each
units
50 W Electronic - LED 220 → 240 V Yes - 124 mm 79 mm 22mm -25°C +50°C - -
RS Stock No. 778-5323
BrandRS PRO
SGD46.40
Each
units
54 (T5 HO) W, 55 (TC-L) W, 58 (T8) W Electronic T5 HO, T8, TC-L Compact Fluorescent, Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 285 mm 30 mm 26mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 778-5313
BrandRS PRO
SGD42.39
Each
units
14 → 35 (T5) W Electronic T5 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 285 mm 30 mm 21mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 721-0853
BrandRS PRO
SGD21.88
Each
units
1 x 14 → 18 W, 1 x 18 → 24 W, 1 x 22 W, 1 x 24 W Electronic T5, T8, TC-F, TC-L, T-R5 Compact Fluorescent, Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 80 mm 41 mm 18mm -15°C +55°C - A2
RS Stock No. 778-5317
BrandRS PRO
SGD58.34
Each
units
14 → 35 (T5) W Electronic T5 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 360 mm 30 mm 26mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 775-3997
Mfr. Part No.22185217
BrandTridonic
SGD64.15
Each
units
36 W Electronic T8 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 280 mm 30 mm 28mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 873-5108
Mfr. Part No.QTP-T/E 1x18, 2x18
BrandOsram
SGD25.99
Each
units
18 W Electronic CFL Compact Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No - 103 mm 67 mm 31mm -20°C +50°C - A2
RS Stock No. 775-3981
Mfr. Part No.22185214
BrandTridonic
SGD58.73
Each
units
36 W Electronic T8 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 230 mm 30 mm 21mm -25°C +65°C - A2
RS Stock No. 775-3988
Mfr. Part No.22185216
BrandTridonic
SGD64.15
Each
units
18 W Electronic T8 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 280 mm 30 mm 21mm -25°C +70°C - A2
RS Stock No. 899-7854
Mfr. Part No.HF-P 3/414 TL5 III
SGD39.24
Each
units
- Electronic TL5 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 280 mm 39 mm 21mm -25°C +60°C - A2
RS Stock No. 789-7930
Mfr. Part No.PCA 2X36 T8 ECO lp
BrandTridonic
SGD130.18
Each
units
2 x 36 W Electronic T8 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V Yes - 360 mm 30 mm 21mm -25°C +70°C DALI A1
RS Stock No. 784-0515
Mfr. Part No.7840515-N
BrandParmar
SGD113.69
Each
units
400 W, 450 W Electromagnetic - SON 220 → 240 V No - 150 mm 96 mm 81mm - - - A2
RS Stock No. 775-4000
Mfr. Part No.22176407
BrandTridonic
SGD75.07
Each
units
18 W Electronic T4 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 103 mm 67 mm 31mm -25°C +70°C - A2
RS Stock No. 873-5032
Mfr. Part No.QTP-OPTIMAL 1x54-58
BrandOsram
SGD24.55
Each
units
50 W Electronic T5 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No - 280 mm 30 mm 21mm -20°C +50°C - A2
RS Stock No. 781-2939
Mfr. Part No.22185153
BrandTridonic
SGD49.11
Each
units
49 W Electronic T5 Fluorescent 220 → 240 V No Yes 280 mm 30 mm 21mm -25°C +60°C - A2
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