Does the ballast put out less par as it ages?

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  1. Rakie

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    I was wondering the other day. I've got a very old Powermodule, it works just fine but I wonder if the ballast gets progressively weaker -- Or if it works until it just doesn't turn on one day
     
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    I would doubt that. Ballast puts out the power to run the bulbs. It’s either power or no power.
     
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    Rakie I am not an expert in this kind of question but I do know ballast mostly lose efficiency, so it will consume more power to offer the same output to your bulbs. To my knowledge they do not lose PAR like bulbs do, but they will cost more to operate. However we are probably talking single digit percentages, not a lot.
     
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    Awesome, thats why I love you guys being here. Sometimes we have these oddball questions and it's great to have an answer.
     
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