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The 804BL Ballast Load

Source: California Instruments
The 804BL Ballast Load
The 804BL Ballast Load is designed to support testing of both magnetic and electronic lighting ballasts in high volume, high speed production environments...
The 804BL Ballast Load is designed to support testing of both magnetic and electronic lighting ballasts in high volume, high speed production environments. This modular, programmable load simulates different fluorescent or HID lamp types to a ballast under test. It is an ideal companion product to the BTS Series of Ballast test systems. Each unit mainframe accommodates up to four lamp load modules for testing one, two or four lamp ballast types. All lamp load parameters can be controlled from the front panel for bench use or over the standard RS232C and IEEE-488 remote control bus for ATE applications. Multiple 804BL loads can be combined to create higher power load configurations if needed.

With a wide frequency range from DC to 100 KHz, the device is capable of testing modern electronic ballasts of all types. A carefully designed low inductive and capacitive design ensures optimal performance at both line frequencies for magnetic ballasts and high frequencies for electronic and HID ballasts.

The 804BL was designed to function in harsh conditions occurring in a typical ballast manufacturing environment. Full optical isolation of the external interfaces from the load modules and the ability to handle start-up voltages to 4000 V, all contribute to a robust load that can stand up to real-world use. Rear panel access to individual load modules supports easy maintenance in production settings.

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