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01-16-2005, 11:17 AM
The "commercial use only" sticker relieves them of any potential liability if you burn your house down. forget about it.
As far as using it for T8's or T12's what end caps are you using? Are they water proof? If not, consider some nonconductive method to protect them from any salt spray. HD has adapters that go over the ends of T8 tubes to use them in T12 endcaps, a buck or so each maybe. They work. Still water proof them a bit if you can. If you go that route why not toss in the extra couple of bucks and grab some of the plastic T8 bulb covers too.
Yes it'll fire T-12's, most ballasts are under rated by 10-12% of their running/starting capacity, that's just the nature of electronics in general... no worries there. T8's are a tad more efficient running than T12's, but their current draw is very similar.
Now as far as the ground goes, it should ultimately end up at the earth ground wire heading to the breaker panel. (UL calls for wire insulation to be green).
Are you sure on the ballast part number? Just went looking for the data sheet and can't find one listed for a ballast with that designation. But pretty sure I know which one you hvae in your hand I was looking at them a while back, but I was looking for something cheap to fire 6' T8's.
A final suggestion.... GFI breakers, or at least one of the newer GFI strips sound to be in good order here.
What kind of tubes are you going to fire?
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