Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 21
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CaptainOmelette It works!
I was trying to find a replacement ballast for my old kitchen fixture; I knew the old ballast must be shot because I bought new bulbs and it still didn't work. I looked up the old Advance R-2S40-1-TP Magnetic Ballast and could only find it as a special order on the internet and cost over 3X as much as this one. I decided I'd try this ballast and see if it would work instead. It did! It has holes for screws in the same spot as the old ballast so I was able to mount it in the fixture no problem, and as others have mentioned, the wires are the same colors as the old ballast. Not sure how long this will last since I just put it in the fixture last week, but so far, so good.
October 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sborman Excellent value
I researched new ballasts extensively and purchased two of these for my kitchen ceiling fixture, which originally came with very noisy non-electronic ballasts, one of which had died. It's a bit tricky to match new ballasts to the exact type you had formerly, so be sure to research that issue carefully before purchasing. These GE ballasts were an excellent value compared to everything else I found. They were a little difficult to install, as there are so many wires involved. But they fit into the fixture slots for the original ballasts, and when I was finished and turned on the fixture, it worked and was truly better than new, as the new ballasts do not make noise. I was able to save my old fixture by buying these, and the installation was probably easier than if I had had to buy a whole new fixture.
January 22, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DancersMom Easier Than You Might Think..Works Well
Replacing ballasts can be intimidating, particularly the first time or two. But these make it very easy to replace the old, heavy magnetic ballasts with these newer, more efficient electronic ballasts--much quieter, brighter and no flickering. The many ballast wires (8 total) are color coded and should match the wires attached to the ballast you are replacing. This ballast controls (2) 4-foot tubes, so it has the power wires (hot-black and neutral-white) and 2 each of blue, red, and yellow wires. As another reviewer said, if you can see color, and you can cut and strip wires (with power OFF), then you can do this. If fixture is at ceiling, save yourself some hassle and do some prep work before climbing ladder. Gather your wire nuts, or even easier, use push in connectors (Ideal--Home Depot has these too). I installed 2 of these this weekend to fix failing ballasts (flickering tubes, ballast had hot & leaking tar). First one took about an hour, going very slowly, second took less than 30 mins. Biggest hassle was removing the old ballast because builder installed its retaining bolts above the fixture (unreachable with less than 1/2 inch clearance to ceiling), so exposed connections retaining ballast to be removed were locking cap nuts instead of Phillips head bolt. Installing new ballast and connecting wires took less than 15 min total.
July 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CapeCookin Good product and value
Used this to replace old magnetic ballast. Same length but much thinner/lighter. Mounted in old spot just fine without any modifications. Just clipped old wires on ballast and wired same color to color and worked great. LIghts come right on, no delay.
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by NJGuy Novice can easily do it
Our home is old and the old ballasts were like bricks (definitely the magnetic style) - date stamped on them is August 1979! Anyhow, when the lights weren't lighting, and replacing them with new ones didn't help, the ballasts were the next thing to try.
Changing the old for the new couldn't be much simpler. All the wires are colored the same, so you snip the old ones, and cap to the new ones. Flip the light switch on and it works.
It took probably 15 or 20 minutes per ballast and I was being very cautious with what I was doing.
These new ones are significantly lighter and based on my investigation much more efficient as well.
I'll probably pick up a few more of them and just gradually replace the remaining old ones as well.
November 18, 2011