SmartMate® Electronic Ballasts With Quik-Start™ Now Available in Flexible New Versions


(June 21st, 2006 – Rosemont, Illinois) Advance announces the enhancement of its SmartMate® electronic ballasts for the operation of one or two 13-watt, 18-watt, or 26-watt compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or one 32-watt or 42-watt 4-pin CFL to include a variety of new chassis options.

Ideal for such applications as offices and hotel bathrooms and foyers, the ballasts are now available in three different housings -- “Dual Entry,” “Bottom,” or “Side Lead” -- for enhanced flexibility and ease of use, for a total of nine product options. Specially designed for applications requiring faster lamp ignition time, the SmartMate models feature Advance’s exclusive Quik-Start™ technology, which ignites CFLs in less than 1.0 seconds, compared to the 1.25 to 1.50-second starting ability offered by rapid-start CFL ballasts. The ballasts feature IntelliVolt® multiple voltage technology (enabling their operation at any input voltage from 120 to 277 volts, 50/60Hz) as well as Advance’s exclusive color-coded, poke-in connectors to insure wiring accuracy while minimizing fixture assembly and ballast installation time. The ballasts’ low-profile, lightweight enclosures provide maximum fixture design flexibility while facilitating shipping, handling, and installation. The ballasts also carry Advance’s standard 5-year warranty and qualify for Advance's exclusive PLUS 90 Protection®, which matches any lamp manufacturer's published lamp-ballast system warranty, plus adds 90 days of additional warranty protection--both lamp and ballast.

About Advance
Advance, a leading ballast manufacturer based in Rosemont, Illinois, offers a full line of electronic and magnetic fluorescent and magnetic and electronic HID ballasts as well as a broad family of drivers for LED light sources.
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