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GE's UltraStart® T8 and T5 programmed start and GE UltraMax® Instant Start ballasts are among the highest energy-efficient ballasts available and contribute to significant reductions in energy consumption and the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions.

UltraStart® Electronic Ballast

UltraStart® ballasts are a family of high-efficiency GE Program Start electronic linear fluorescent ballasts designed to optimize GE's T8 and T5 Ultra lamps in frequently switched applications.

Instant Start ballasts provide approximately 10,000 starts before 50% of lamp failure. UltraStart® provides greater than 100,000 starts. UltraStart® have the equivalent energy savings and convenience of instant start ballasts but with the long lamp life of a programmed start ballast.

UltraStart® T8 L, N and H ballasts exceed 90% efficiency and the NEMA Premium® ballast program minimum efficiency requirements.

UltraStart® T8 Full Range Dimming Ballasts
For greater energy savings without sacrificing lamp warranty, GE's programmed start full-range (100%-3%) dimming ballasts offer all the benefits of existing GE UltraStart® T8 fixed-light output programmed start ballasts with the additional capability of full-range dimming. Such flexibility makes these new ballasts ideal for meeting energy legislation and efficiency goals.

UltraStart®T8 Bi-Level Dimming Ballasts
Perfect for reducing light levels in unoccupied spaces, this new portfolio of ballasts is an effective energy management solution. These ballasts will reduce power by over 50% and easily switch from 100% to 30% light with 2 standard switches or a line voltage occupancy sensors. Meeting both the 2010 ASRAE/IES 90.1 and California Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) requirements, the UltraStart®T8 Bi-Level Dimming Ballasts are ideal for new construction and retrofit applications.

T5 47W UltraStart® Watt Miser® System
The new T5 47W UltraStart® Watt Miser® System delivers $23 savings per lamp and $106 per 4-lamp fixture with only 4% less lumens than standard T5 fluorescent systems. The system has a multitude of advantages like parallel operation that keeps the unit operational despite a lamp failure, fast start times, and a continuous cathode cutout functionality that reduces ballast wattage consumption and improves efficiency.

UltraMax® P Series & G Series
Introducing our premium, highest efficiency Instant Start ballasts. The P series is comprised of new micro cans that are the smallest in the industry and allow for light weight retrofits and compact design. The new P series will effectively remote start energy efficient lamps up to 18 feet and have improved UL Type CC Anti-Arc protection and double the surge protection for the high ballast factor category.

Offering more than 90% energy efficiency, the UltraMax G series electronic ballast is designed for all-purpose, long-burn operations. Focusing on the needs of our customers, we've constructed these high-efficiency ballasts to offer cutting-edge technologies for anti-striation control. With an ambient temperature rating of 104°F, the UltraMax G series is ideal for general applications.

UltraMax® T8 Bi-Level Dimming and Load-Shed Ballasts

These ballasts are designed for energy saving applications such as daylight harvesting, scheduled lighting scenes, occupancy and photocell sensors, load shedding/peak demand management, demand response and multi-volt.

Choose between UltraMax® T8 Bi-Level Dimming or Load Shedding to “tune” your light levels between 100%-60%, allowing you to “shed” your demand load to help maximize your energy savings.

RoHS Compliant

Although not required in the U.S., RoHS-compliant ballasts show GE's commitment to helping our customers meet their disposal needs now and in the future. GE encourages customer awareness on the importance of reducing hazardous materials and getting ahead of complying with environmental trends. Look for the RoHS-compliant mark on GE ballasts.

GE Lamp and Ballast Systems Express Warranty Services

GE lamps and ballasts operating in our systems are backed with valuable advantages including:

  • Five-year ballast limited warranty**
  • Toll-free dedicated technical support at: 1-800-GELAMPS and 1-888-GEBALLAST
  • High priority shipping status for warranty replacement
  • Access to our national service network for replacement service
  • Online technical and warranty information
  • Claim-tracking status†

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** Contingent upon maximum rated case temperature. See GE's warranty document for details. † Some restrictions apply