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Customer reviews for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps

2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps

The lightweight GE 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps features parallel design and quiet operation. This instant-on ballast's Multi-Voltage technology handles 108 - 305 volts.
Overall rating:
2.833 / 5
2.8
 / 
5
(6 reviews) 6
Open Ratings Snapshot
50%of customersrecommend this product3 of 6reviews
Rating Breakdown 6 reviews
2.8 out of 5.0
5
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4
(2)
3
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2
(1)
1
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4.3 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
Value 
2.7 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5
Ease of installation 
4.7 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5
50%of customersrecommend this product3 of 6reviews
Customer questions and answers:
2 Questions | 5 Answers
Customer reviews for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
Review 1 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
from Austin, TX, USA
Age Range:55 to 64
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:Professional

Not for residential use

PostedOctober 8, 2012
Overall rating 
2.0 out of 5.0
2 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
I bought this ballast to replace a failed magnetic T12 ballast. It works and fits the old mounting holes in the fixture. However, the instruction sheet from GE states the following:
"This Ballast should only be installed in a commercial environment. Do NOT install this ballast in a residential environment". Considering that I bought this at "Home" Depot, it would have been nice to at least have had a warning before purchase that it is not suitable for home use. The instructions were not readable until the package was opened. I installed it anyway because the issue related to radio frequency interference and FCC compliance and my fixture is in a little used bedroom closet so was not too concerned.
Cons: not for home use
+5points
5out of 5found this review helpful.
Review 2 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
from Hawaii
Age Range:45 to 54
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

Much better than expected!

PostedAugust 13, 2013
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5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
Was shopping for a replacement ballast for my fluorescent lamps and stumbled upon this one. It didn't look exactly like my previous magnetic ballast so I was a bit worried that it would not work. Reading the negative reviews also gave me less confidence, but couldn't resist the price. When I got them, the ballasts were much more compact. It still fit perfectly where my old ballast were. Had to be careful of how I cut my previous ballast wires because the wires that came with the ballast may be just long enough depending on which way you face them in the light fixture mount.
Being electronic, I can expect the lights to use less energy now. It also doesn't have a loud hum associated with the magnetic ones. Lights turns on quickly so if anybody has a slow "light on" response after installing it, consider returning them back for a new one. I did not know the difference 10 years ago when I bought a light fixture from another building supplier (won't say which one). It took almost 10 seconds to come on even when it was brand new. Changed the ballast to this one and now - Voila! Instant on!!!
Don't forget to buy some wire nuts too if you are doing this as a DIY project!!!
Pros: Easy to Assemble, Looks Great, Good Size & Weight, Fast / Speed, Eco-Friendly
Cons: wiring might be a bit short
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 3 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
from Central CT

PostedDecember 30, 2009
Overall rating 
4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5
Easy hookup with wire pre-stripped. I am not sure if it is my fixture's "fault" or this item, but the ballast was about 1/8 inch longer than the old one and I had to grind down the retaining screw and eventually the flange on the ballast to get it to fit. Plenty of wire included. Works fine... not much else to say.
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 4 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
from Auburn AL

Good product

PostedApril 17, 2011
Overall rating 
4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5
Good replacement for old ballast. Easy to install, plenty of wire although wire was thinner than the wire on my old ballast.
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 5 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps

Not an instant on ballast

PostedApril 25, 2013
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3 out of 5
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1.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
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5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
I recommend against buying this ballast.
It claims "Instant-on design" but isn't. It has a second or two lag and takes two steps turn on. Very annoying since the GE97499 that was replaced was instant on.
The insert on this ballast said it was also for residential.
Cons: not instant on
0points
1out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 6 for 2-Lamp Rapid Start Ballast for 4 ft. T12 Fluorescent Lamps
from cedar hill, tx
Age Range:45 to 54
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Gender:Male
Home Improvement Profile:DIYer

6 seconds to start!

PostedJune 1, 2013
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1 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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2 out of 5
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4 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
This is taking 6 seconds to start a 2 bulb 4' T12 fixture! They may call it rapidstart, but it's not fast enough for me!
The magnetic ballast it replaced took less than a second.
I'll probably return it.
Pros: Easy to Assemble
Cons: slow starting
0points
0out of 0found this review helpful.