A complete and comprehensive range of electrical ballasts and associated components for starting and regulating linear and compact fluorescent lamps, halogen and HID metal halide, mercury lamps and sodium lamps. Lighting Control Gear performs a number of functions; limiting and stabilizing the current in an electrical circuit, ensuring continuous operation of the lamp, providing ignition voltage, reducing/eliminating flicker and noise, reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency.
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Our product range includes High Frequency Electronic Ballasts, Dimmable Ballasts, Electromagnetic Ballasts, HID, Sodium and Fluorescent Ballasts (Instant, Rapid and Programmed Start), Ignitors, Capacitors, Lamp Holders, Clips and Ends, Emergency Lighting Modules, Transformers, Batteries and Pre-Wired Gear Trays (Fluorescent, Mercury, Metal Halide and Sodium). We can also supply Pre-Wired Gear Trays and can make up Gear Trays tailored to suit your bespoke requirements.
We have categorised our extensive control gear catalogue primarily according to market leading brands; within each section is a detailed choice of products with individual specifications to aid you in your selection. In addition we have dedicated sections to Gear Trays and Lamp Bases and Accessories. BLT Direct can supply you with every type of control gear you need, as well as the mundane but necessary end caps for fluorescent tubes, cable and mounting clips!
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Switch Start Switch start is the control gear that has been used by the industry for many years. The current is limited by a wire wound magnetic choke or ballast. The choke, which is a coil of wire makes the circuit inductive. The advantage of switc…Read More »
An electronic transformer is used to reduce mains voltage to a suitable voltage for halogen light bulbs (Not to be confused with LED Drivers). When selecting a transformer it is important to ensure the max wattage is not exceeded by the total wattage consumed by the light bulbs.
Please Note: It is not recommended to "max" out transformers.
IE 5no. lamps x 10 watts each = 50 watts therefore a 60 watt (60VA) transformer would be acceptable, however if you had 6 lamps a 60 watt transformer would be "maxed" out. In this case we would then recommend a 105 watt (105VA) model.
The original type of ballast, the electromagnetic ballast was introduced with the first iteration of fluorescent lamps.