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    Bodine - Emergency Lighting

    Tech Notes

    Bodine Tech Notes provides the latest information on product-related issues such as special wiring requirements and incompatibility problems. To learn more about these issues, see below. New topics are added as needed, so please check Tech Notes regularly.

    Philips energy-saving 40W long compact issues

    Bodine’s fluorescent emergency ballast line is currently incompatible in emergency mode with the new Philips energy-saving 40W long compact lamp, the PL-L 40W/8XX/XEW/4P/IS 25W. Even Bodine units running high frequency AC output show striations in emergency mode.

    Contact Bodine Tech Support for available options or advice when using these lamps.

    Energy-saving T8 lamps

    Energy-saving T8 lamps include 30W, 28W and 25W versions of the standard 4-foot 32W T8 lamp. These lamps require more open circuit voltage than the standard F32T8 to reliably start. The B100, B90 and B70A emergency ballasts will not reliably start these lamps in emergency mode and should not be used.


    Dimming ballasts

    All dimming ballasts typically require a short remote mounting distance. Therefore, emergency lead wires must be cut as short as possible during installation. In some cases, the 2’ length of flex on the emergency ballast prohibits emergency ballast use with dimming ballasts.

    Because of EOL (end-of-lamp-life) error detection operation in Osram/Sylvania PRS ballasts, we recommend reversing red and blue ballast leads for all two-lamp applications with Sylvania program start ballasts. We also recommend caution with all Sylvania PRS ballast one-lamp applications.


    Can Bodine FEBs be used in IC-rated fixtures?
    Yes. UL does not offer an IC rating for emergency ballasts, but it is okay to install Bodine emergency ballasts into IC-rated fixtures. The IC rating refers to products that come into contact with insulation. An emergency ballast installed inside a fixture would not be in contact with insulation. Because emergency ballasts generate very little heat, it would not be a problem to install them on top of fixtures near insulation, but local codes may prohibit this type of installation. Please check applicable codes in your area.

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