Philips Lighting Electronics Introduces Optanium Programmed Start Parallel Ballasts for T8 Fluorescent Lamp Applications

  • Philips Electronics
  • 11.02.09
Philips Lighting Electronics announced the expansion of its popular family of Optanium T8 electronic ballasts to include three and four-lamp fixed output models that now feature programmed start parallel operation.

Philips Lighting Electronics’ newest Philips Advance branded Optanium ballasts are ideal for a broad range of office, institutional, educational and commercial applications where occupancy sensors or other frequent switching devices are used.  Their parallel programmed start ignition enables independent lamp operation, a feature which can reduce overall maintenance and relamping costs by allowing for exact identification of the expired lamp (thereby avoiding the maintenance time and costs associated with unnecessary relamping).  In addition, parallel programmed start operation offers enhanced quality of light over the life of the system by minimizing dark spots from expired lamps.  Further, the ballasts’ hot restrike feature in remote wired applications involving standard or energy saving lamps allows users to replace lamps without cycling power, even in tandem wired applications, while the ballasts’ striation reduction feature reduces the chance of striation issues when used with standard or energy saving lamps.

Designed to maximize energy savings, the highly efficient new models are available with a .88 ballast factor and meet all NEMA Premium and CEE Energy Efficiency requirements.  Overall, the new ballasts deliver significant energy and cost savings, help reduce maintenance costs and concerns, and can assist users in meeting power density requirements established by current state and federal energy and efficiency standards.

Suitable for both new construction and retrofit opportunities, the new Optanium programmed start parallel electronic ballasts for three and four-lamp T8 fluorescent systems represent a maximum-efficiency, high-performing alternative to standard fluorescent systems that will help lighting professionals save time and money while fully promoting sustainable lighting design.

A leader in the ballast industry for over 60 years, Philips Lighting Electronics N.A. offers a full line of Philips Advance branded ballasts and drivers for fluorescent, HID and LED light sources to the market’s broad range of lighting fixture manufacturers and electrical distributors. Philips Lighting Electronics N.A. is a division of Philips Electronics North America.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of sense and simplicity. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 118,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $38 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.

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