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Old 03-20-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Running 2 bulbs on 4-bulb ballast


Hey guys,

Just wondering about energy consumption/engineering question.

If I run 2 bulbs on a ballast that drives 4 bulbs, how many bulbs am I paying electricity for?
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Hey guys,

Just wondering about energy consumption/engineering question.

If I run 2 bulbs on a ballast that drives 4 bulbs, how many bulbs am I paying electricity for?
If the ballast is designed to run only two bulbs (you'll know cause it'll either work or it won't) then you'll be using electricity for two bulbs plus probably a tiny bit more cause a lot of ballasts drive less bulbs slightly stronger (as compared to driving all the bulbs the ballast was designed for).

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My ballast is designed to drive 4 bulbs, but if I only have 2 bulbs in, it still works. I just want to know if it's more energy efficient if I use 2 bulbs.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:49 AM   #4
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Most energy is lost in heat, hence less heat one would assume less power is being used.

Incandescent light bulbs are better heaters than light sources, I know that much.
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