Frequent questions & answers about gHID

Q: What types of customers use gHID ballasts?

A: The gHID ballast is an energy efficiency solution designed for any facility that uses HID lighting. If you use HID lighting, gHID will save you energy and money.

Q: How does the gHID ballast differ from other electronic ballasts?

A: The gHID ballast uses patented technology, ensuring superior performance throughout extreme temperature ranges. This is not matched by any other electronic HID ballast on the market. Other electronic ballasts use microprocessors ,which have short lifespans and are sensitive to heat. Other electronic ballasts are actually hybrids, using an inefficient core-in-coil power transmitter to power the electronics.

Q: How is gHID different from LED lighting?

A: gHID is often a more efficient solution than LED lighting for sites where HID is already installed. gHID costs less than LED to install and can be installed in virtually any existing HID fixture. It is a well-established technology with a predictable ROI. gHID produces power cost savings comparable to LED.

Q: How is the gHID ballast different than magnetic ballasts?

A: The gHID ballast operate at ultra-high frequency to drive greater light output at lower wattage, producing a up to 75% energy savings. Magnetic ballasts require much more power to produce the same amount of light. Additionally, when a lamp burns out, the ballast may continue to strike, killing the ballast while continuing to draw power. If a lamp using one of our gHID ballasts burns out, the ballast goes dormant and waits for the lamp to be replaced. Learn more about gHID vs magnetic ballasts here.

Q: How does the gHID ballast affect lamp life, as compared to a magnetic ballast?

A: Lamps controlled by gHID ballasts are not subject to the vibrations, aggressive strike, and excessive heat produced by other ballasts. As a result, lamp life is extended significantly. Both our internal tests and our customers show that lamps using gHID ballasts last 2-3 times longer. The North Carolina DOT reported seeing 3 times the normal lamp life since switching to gHID from magnetic ballasts.

Q: Do we have to replace our entire fixture to install gHID?

A: No, the gHID ballast can be installed in virtually any existing HID fixture. Installation is quite flexible: gHID ballasts can even be remote mounted up to 10 feet from the fixture. It’s also quick to install; most facilities are completed in 1-2 days with no disruption to operations.

Q: Is there a warranty for the gHID ballast?

A: Yes, gHID ballasts are manufactured with warranty by Artesyn Embedded Technologies, a division of Emerson.

Q: What is the ambient temperature range of gHID ballasts?

A: The ambient temperature operating range of gHID ballasts is between -30°C to 105°C (-22°F to 221°F).

Q: Does the gHID ballast provide surge protection?

A: Yes, the gHID ballast is designed to provide over 6 KV of non-dissipative surge protection.

Q: Does the gHID ballast create noise in a quiet environment?

A: No, the gHID ballast eliminates the audible hum associated with magnetic or hybrid-electronic ballasts.

Q: What is the power factor of the gHID ballast?

A: The gHID ballast has a power factor of .98 and is an industry-leading 94% efficient.

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