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Model # 496752

Internet # 202960405

Store SKU # 802261

Metal Black Optanium Ballast

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$14.97 /each




Model # 496752

Internet # 202960405

Store SKU # 802261

The Philips Advance Metal Black Optanium Ballast is UL, CSA and ETL listed and features metal construction with a black finish. This ballast helps to reduce lamp striation when using energy-saving lamps.

  • Black metal construction
  • Striation reduction circuitry helps reduce lamp striation when using energy-saving lamps
  • IntelliVolt technology operates the ballast at almost any input voltage from 120-277 volts, 50/60 Hz
  • Operation between 42 Hz and 52 Hz helps eliminate interference with infrared systems, anti-theft devices, or other electronic equipment
  • Listed by UL, CSA and ETL
  • Note: Product may vary by store.

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Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 
Accessory Type 
Replacement Ballast 
Collection Name 
Input Volts 
Number in Pack 
Number of Lamps 
Product Weight (lb.) 
1 lb 
Recommended Light Bulb Shape Code 
Starting Method 
Instant Start 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
1-UL Listed,CSA Listed,ETL Listed 
Manufacturer Warranty 
2 year limited warranty (from date of manufacture) 


Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by finding the right ballast can be tricky This website says that my local Home Depot has 29 of the 4x48"-T8 ballasts from GE. But, they don't have any ballasts from GE at all, apparently, so I got 2 Philips Advance ballasts instead. One is an AmbiStar, which is marked "for residential use only", and the other is marked as a Centium with a part number that begins "IOPA". The OP in IOPA means Optanium. Optanium <> Centium. I called Philips to ask what the deal was, and the man I spoke with was surprised by the mislabeling, but said the part number, and not the "Centium" part, should be right. He also said that was a good thing, because Optaniums were better (more efficient themselves, and better for use with efficient tubes). This website lists Centiums at 3x the price of Optaniums. In-store, I paid the lower price, despite being labelled as a Centium. The Philips rep also gave me a pretty simple answer to my AmbiStar vs Optanium question. The Optanium (and Centium) are more efficient, and therefore approved for commercial use, but have higher EMI. The Ambistar, on the other hand, is less efficient (and, thus, "for residential use only"), in order to create less interference with radios, TVs, and whatever else. So, I installed the probably-Optanium ballast and it works fine, with no humming or flickering and no noticeable difference in radio interference vs. the Sylvania ballast I replaced. March 18, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Only a good value if you like to replace them every couple of months They last about 6 -7 weeks. I have 4 fixtures in the kitchen. The original ballasts lasted around 3 years and some are still working. The 2 that I have had to replace have each been replaced 3 times now in the last year and a half. Bought the last one somewhere else. Guess I see if those replacements fair any better. September 13, 2013
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