GE Enters New Territory with 347-Volt High-Efficiency Instant-Start UltraMax® and Proline® Ballasts, Achieves Industry’s Lowest Input Watts

CLEVELAND, Ohio  (NYSE: GE)  GE Appliances & Lighting vastly expands its trusted line of high-efficiency GE UltraMax® and Proline® ballasts available in Canada with the introduction of new 347-volt offerings that are among the industry's highest-efficiency electronic T8 ballasts. Eligible for most utility rebate programs, the 347-volt GE UltraMax T8 ballast delivers an efficiency performance that exceeds 90 percent, qualifying it as a NEMA Premium Standard product.

“We’re bringing the performance of GE UltraMax ballasts for high-bay applications to all of Canada, since we now offer both 120-volt and 347-volt ballasts,” says Jeff Plaskon, ballast product manager, GE Appliances & Lighting.

The robust design of the new 347-volt GE UltraMax T8 ballast — its high-efficiency circuits, high-quality magnetics and components, and superior thermal management — significantly reduces ballast energy consumption by 5 to 7 percent versus generic electronic ballasts. It also operates in series-parallel mode, a unique feature that keeps lamps in a fixture working when another lamp fails.

Engineered to work in any fixture tray, GE UltraMax and Proline ballasts can be used in combinations of low, normal and high ballast factor applications. The can design (metal housing of the ballast) is the industry's smallest, measuring 8.9 inches x 1.3 inches x 1.18 inches. It will house 1, 2, 3 or 4 lamp fixtures. GE’s size advantage ensures that its ballasts will fit virtually every application, making it an especially attractive solution for fixture manufacturers.

The 347-volt GE UltraMax ballast offers excellent thermal control. It starts at –30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit), and when combined with qualifying fixtures could receive UltraCool System Certification, which offers the manufacturer of the qualifying fixture a 5-year, 55-degree Celsius (131 degree Fahrenheit) ambient temperature limited warranty. “This is particularly important to businesses operating high-bay lighting,” notes Plaskon.

The new ballast is CEE Compliant (Consortium for Energy Efficiency). It can be used to accrue points for project LEED® certification. GE UltraMax ballasts also are RoHS compliant (the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive).
GE Appliances & Lighting encourages customers to work with GE distributors to address wasteful spending on energy. Several of its energy and cost saving estimating tools are available online at Value Light, GE's advanced, proprietary cost–of–light tool, is available exclusively through GE distributors. For more information on using the 347-volt High Efficiency Instant-Start GE UltraMax ballast, please contact a local GE supplier, visit or call 1–800–GE–BALLAST.
UltraMax® and Proline® are trademarks of the General Electric Company.