How much is a ballast worth in scrap?

A replacement ballast costs about $10-25 depending on capacity and brand. The bite is that an electrician trip charge (which includes 30 or 60 minutes work) is going to be $75-150 probably – for about 5 minutes work on each light fixture.

A replacement ballast costs about $10-25 depending on capacity and brand. The bite is that an electrician trip charge (which includes 30 or 60 minutes work) is going to be $75-150 probably – for about 5 minutes work on each light fixture.

Similarly, what is in a ballast? An electrical ballast is a device that limits the current through an electrical load. The ballast provides for the proper operation of the negative-resistance device by limiting current. Ballasts can also be used simply to limit the current in an ordinary, positive-resistance circuit.

Also question is, where can I recycle a ballast?

You may be able to dispose of a few intact ballasts containing PCBs the same as ordinary trash or at a household hazardous waste collection event or drop-off location sponsored by your county, city, or waste disposal district or company.

What is the black stuff in a ballast?

PCBs are contained within the light ballasts‘ capacitors and in the ballasts‘ potting material (a black tarlike substance used to protect the capacitor). As the ballast ages, it can overheat causing a burning or smoky odor or in some cases, causing tar from the potting material or oil to drip from the fixture.

How long do ballasts last?

about 20 years

Do you need an electrician to change a ballast?

Yes. As a matter of fact, you do need a lock out tag out device in place for changing a ballast. ‘An electrician is replacing the ballast on a fluorescent light. The electrician uses the light switch on the wall to de-energize the florescent light.

What causes a ballast to go bad?

Causes of Ballast Failure Every ballast has an ambient operating temperature range and UL location rating. When it’s too hot or too cold, the ballast can burn or fail to start your lamps at all. Heat combined with prolonged condensation inside an electronic ballast can cause corrosion.

How many types of ballasts are there?

And there are two types of ballasts in each family: magnetic and electronic. Magnetic ballasts are the older ballast technology. For the fluorescent family, both T12 linear fluorescents and two-pin CFLs use magnetic ballasts.

How do you test a ballast?

Turn off the fluorescent fixture’s circuit breaker inside the breaker panel. Remove the fluorescent bulbs from the fixture. Remove the ballast cover from the fixture, if the ballast is not already exposed. Set the multimeter to the ohm setting.

How do you know if a ballast has PCBs?

To find out if your GE Lighting ballast contains PCBs, look for the two-letter date code that’s stamped into the mounting feet at one end of the fluorescent ballast, and then check the chart below to find the month and year of manufacture. Ballasts manufactured after January 1, 1979, do not contain PCBs.

Do you have to recycle electronic ballast?

Electronic ballasts are not regulated as hazardous waste and can be disposed of safely in landfills and municipal incinerators.

Can you scrap electronic ballasts?

Rockaway Recycling accepts ballasts for scrap metal. Coming from light fixtures it is important to know what you can do with them when you are looking to scrap them. Ballasts come from inside of light bulbs and there generally are two types. Electronic and copper based ballasts.

Can I throw away fluorescent ballast?

According to EPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulations, the material must be incinerated. The entire lighting fixture does not need special handling and disposal as long as the ballast (electrical box) is not leaking. The non-leaking ballasts can be removed and recycled or disposed of properly.

How do ballasts work?

In its simplest form, a ballast uses magnetic energy that erupts into the lamp when it is turned on, stimulating the electrodes to make a current and the lamp glows.

What do you do with old fluorescent light fixtures?

Place all cleanup materials, including any used vacuum cleaner bags, in a sealable container or trash bag, and leave outside until the debris and materials can be disposed of. Contact a local recycling company or take all materials to a community drop-off location to dispose of the broken bulbs.