Can I replace a magnetic ballast with an electronic ballast?

We have a 4-lamp magnetic ballast that is on the blink. The ballast is a Mark III Energy Saver made by Advance Transformer, catalog number R-4S40-A-TP-AC.
This ballast is a magnetic ballast and costs $60 to replace. I can be a 4-lamp electronic ballast from Lowe's for $30.
Is it possible to swap the bad magnetic ballast with an electronic ballast? If so, are there any modifications that I need to make to the 4' fixture?
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Mark
R-4S40-A-TP-AC.
4-lamp
ballast? If

Just know how to read a wiring diagram and follow the instructions......
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1. The wiring may be different - look at the wiring diagram on the ballast label.
2. Check the ballast label and the lamps to be sure they are compatible with each other.
If you are doing a ballast relacement with an electronic ballast, I would get one for F32T8 (4-foot) or F17T8 (2-foot) (T8 is one inch in diameter) lamps rather than F20 and F40 (T12, or 1.5 inch diameter) types. T8 lamps are mostly a little better and usually have higer color rendering index. Ballasts for T8 are usually better than ballasts for T12 so far in my experience. ------------------------------------------------------------- If you are in for new lamps (bulbs): My favorite T8 lamps have color codes SPX35 or 835. This is (in my words) "semi warm white". 30 is warmer and 41 is "cool white color". SPX or 8 (followed by the 2-digit abbreviated color temperature) means a color rendering index of 82-86, with most of the color distortions in the direction of making colors more vivid than "proper". SP or 7 followed by 2-digit abbreviated color temp. has a color rendering index in the upper 70's. I would not bother with fluorescents with CRI 90-plus - they cost more, have less light output, and their color distortions, although slight, are mostly in the direction of making colors duller than "proper".
- Don Klipstein ( snipped-for-privacy@misty.com)
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On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 14:55:55 -0500, O.B. wrote:

Of course. You need all the old lamp holders, and buy wire nuts for 11 wires I believe (8 for lamp holders, hot, neutral, and one in case you drop any of the first 10). You'll only be able to buy electronic very soon, but they're great. No hum, more light, and less current. And, the tubes will last longer.
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------------------ Why do you say magnetic ballasts won't be available soon? Just curious.
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It may be cheaper to buy a new light fixture too.
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Abe wrote:

One big reason is energy efficiency. Another possible reason may be the cost of electronics going down. I believe they are now required in business buildings. They may even be required as replacement ballasts in businesses also. --Mike
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Magnetic ballasts are considered hazardous waste. At least until recently they contained PCBs, and many jurisdictions (try to) limit how many you throw out in the trash and/or route them to hazmat disposal.
Electronic ballasts work MUCH better at low temperatures too.
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Chris Lewis wrote...

But don't the electronic ballasts interfere with AM radio?
Should I start stockpiling the magnetic ones? :)
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I am VERY interested in whether electronic ballasts (and other domestic devices also) cause radio interference and look forward to further posting on this thread. A large school, nearby refitted with them about a year ago. So much for ecolgy! Their electrical contractor pitched the old ones, some of which must have dated from the school building in 1955 and 1956, perhaps older and then donated and therefore possibly PCB prone! They went to the dump in the regular container! And btw; yes I did stockpile some 20 or so free 'non PCB' ones. Along with a lot of other bits and pieces and dozens of 34/40 watt tubes that were dumped! Boy is my basement workshop well lit when I'm down there! Terry.
PS. Yesterday I was close to and monitored a low frequency coastal radio beacon, operating in the frequency band below AM broadcast. I set my auto radio to 530 kilohertz, as low as it would go and while close to the beacon the signal was strong enough to read its continuous but modulated morse code signal."ZNC". Driving away ZNC disappeared; but I was astounded at the amount of radio noise on that frequency at the bottom end of the AM broadcast band! The nearest local station is on 560 kHz. and about 50 miles away by the way; and it was not yet night time when I do occasionally receive distant AM broadcast stations. So driving home, a distance of some 20 kilometres (12 miles), I left the radio on that frequency. The amount of buzzing and other radio hash especially as I drove under domestic power lines and past certain locations was a disgrace! I thought those discharge street lights might be factor but the interference was worst when driving under/near the wire 'drops' across roads to our regular homes! My opinion is that the FCC and the equivalent authorities in other countries are doing a very poor job or very little to find and control unauthorized and unlicensed emission of energy within the various radio frequency bands. As these frequency bands, including the VHF often used by police and ambulance services, become ever more polluted by radio 'noise' we, the public, are being forced to buy our communications through cable, telephone company and or satellite connections, at increasing cost and complexity. Some of the hype surrounding a push towards such things as DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) Satellite TV and Radio Services etc etc. seems to be covering up the gradual erosion of existing services such as 'Good Ol' simple, cheap and basic AM broadcasting; and even FM broadcasting? Apparently even radio astronomy and in at least one case visible light astronomy, even at locations distant from large centres of population is being adversely affected by the proliferation of electrical devices and use of continuous domestic, street and commercial outside lighting during darkness hours! i.e. It's getting too bright in here to see out! Seems kind of ridiculous when some students get prosecuted for setting up a low power 'illegal broadcasting station' radiating no more power than a flashlight on one specific locally chosen frequency, while ten thousand light switch dimmers are radiating untuned radio hash/noise in the same area. Anyway my rant for today!
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