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Discussion in 'Electric Signs & Channel Letters' started by xtreme872, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. xtreme872

    xtreme872 Member

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    Just curious as to what everyone is using for replacement ballast and signs with flourescent bulbs..Which brand you prefer for ease of use etc.
     
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  2. John L

    John L Very Active Member

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    We carry Advance ballasts (Advance/Phillips now)

    1,2, 4-12'
    2,3,4, 6-20'
    2,3,4, 12-24'
    4,5,6, 24-48'

    For Neon we only need two France Service Masters to cover the spectrum (in 30ma that is anyway).

    LED we carry only one type. 12v 60w
     
  3. jzorn

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    The last few I've had were Keystone from ilightdepot.com I believe
     
  4. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    +1 on Advanced Ballasts
     
  5. FS-Keith

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    Alanson for ballast and trannys

    meanwell and signa for 12v 60w power supplies
     
  6. xtreme872

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    We have been using several different kinds.. Just trying to keep a ballast that is relatively easy to use for replacement to eliminate alot of installation time. We pulled a vertex out the other day.. one red out the bottom and all blues up top...
     
  7. FS-Keith

    FS-Keith Active Member

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    ventex? sounds like it was an electronic you just pulled out. We stock mainly magnetic ballasts but also have electronic that wire like magnetic.
     
  8. xtreme872

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    electronic in one side and magnetic in other side
     
  9. xtreme872

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    Is anyone using electronic vs magnetic
     
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    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

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    Signa for ballasts. France or allanson for outdoor transformers, ventex for indoor electronic transformers.
     
  11. Westcoast Sign Guy

    Westcoast Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    Transco Electronic Ballasts

    Transco UNT Tanks for Neon Transformers, 100% copper vs Allanson's alum wire.


    Those Ventex HO Balasts were pretty cool but they stopped making them. They were pretty unique compared to what's on the market today.
     
  12. xtreme872

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    any disadvantages to changing magnetic over to electronic?
     
  13. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    You have to rewire socets usually!
     
  14. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    yup
     
  15. FS-Keith

    FS-Keith Active Member

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    alanson rss line is an electronic that wires like a magnetic. so that's an option if you want to stock those. The good thing about them is you only need to stock 4 diff kind of ballast if you want to stick with just them as opposed to having all the magnetics you need to stock your service trucks. my trucks have 10 diff size magnetic ballasts on them. Its a lot of $ in inventory for just flourescents. I would switch to all rss but i had a few fail on me in a short amount of time and heard it from others as well so I am Leary to make the switch just yet.
     
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