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All fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamp types require the use of a ballast. The basic tasks of a ballast include:
-Provides the proper voltage to establish an arc between the two electrodes of the lamp, so it starts the lamp.
-Regulates the electric current flowing through the lamp to stabilize light output, so it runs the lamp.
In some fluorescent lighting systems, the ballast also provides a controlled amount of electrical energy to preheat or maintain the temperature of the lamp electrodes at levels specified by the manufacturer. This is to prevent electrode filaments deteriorating prematurely and shortening the lamp life.
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