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What is meant by a “program start” ballast?

A program start ballast is a specialized type of rapid start ballast that turns on fluorescent lights in a tightly controlled sequence of steps. This in turn provides a more gentle start-up that results in longer bulb life. This type of ballast is ideal for applications where lights are frequently turned on and off. This includes rest rooms, classrooms, copy rooms and any location where an occupancy sensor is installed.

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