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Philips Bodine B50 Linear Fluorescent Emergency Ballast For 1-2 Lamps, 17-215 Watts, Up to 1600 Lumens

SKU: B50 | Ordering Code: B50  | UPC: 663015109948

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Product Highlights

  • Ignites up to two T5/T8/T9/T10/T12/T8HO/T12HO/4-Pin lamps

Philips Bodine B50 fluorescent emergency ballast works in conjunction with an AC ballast to convert new or existing fluorescent fixtures into emergency lighting. The emergency ballast consists of a nickel-cadmium battery, charger and electronic circuitry in one case. When AC power fails, the B50 immediately switches to the emergency mode, operating either one or two lamps at a reduced lumen output for a minimum of 90 minutes. When AC power is restored, the emergency ballast automatically returns to the charging mode and delays AC ballast operation for approximately three seconds to prevent false tripping of the AC ballast end-of-lamp life shutdown circuits. 

  • Can be used with 1-2 lamp T8, T9, T10 and T12 fluorescent lamps. It operates one 22-55 watt (2'-4') T5 lamp, and also including standard, energy saving, HO, VHO, circline, U-bend and rapid start (4-pin) long compact fluorescent lamps. Also operates one 8.5-16.5 watt Philips LED T8 InstantFit lamp
  • Compatible with most single and multi-lamp electronic and dimming AC ballasts
  • Can be used with either switched or unswitched fixtures
  • Produces up to 1600 lumens of initial emergency light output, depending on the number of lamps (one or two), wattage and type of lamps
  • Suitable for indoor and damp locations and for sealed and gasketed fixtures, including fixtures rated for wet locations
  • Battery
    • High temperature maintenance free
    • Nickel-Cadmium
    • 7-10 year life expectancy
  • Recharge time - 24 hours
  • Ambient temperature - 32ºF - 122ºF
  • Two-wire illuminated test switch
  • AC input current - 60mA
  • Illumination time - 90 minutes

B50 Lamp Compatibility:

  • 1-2 lamp, 17-40 watt, 2'-4', T8, T9, T10 and T12, single or bipin base
  • 1 lamp, 40-215 watt, 5'-8', T8, T9, T10 and T12, single or bipin base
  • 1 lamp, 18-39 watt, long compact 4-pin (2G11) base
  • 1 lamp, 40-55 watt, long compact 4-pin (2G11) base
  • 1 lamp, 13-42 watt, twin/quad/triple/twin-tube compact 4-pin (G24q, Gx24q) base 
  • 1 lamp, 15-54 watt, 2'-4', T5 & T5HO, miniature bipin base
  • 1 lamp, 22-55 watt, T5& T5HO, HO circline base
  • 1 lamp, 16-55 watt, 2D 4-pin (GR10q) base
  • 1 lamp, 8.5-16.5 watt, Philips LED T8 InstantFit, Bipin base
Full Specs



Product Line

Philips Bodine

Input Volts

Initial Lumen Output

Initial Lumen Output

The lumen output at first start-up.

Number of Lamps

Ballast Type

Ballast Type

Magnetic ballasts are a legacy technology and use inductance to transform the line voltage to the voltage required to "fire" or excite the gasses in a lamp. Electronic ballasts use a variety of starting methods, and are more efficient than magnetic ballasts in converting input power to the proper lamp power and operate fluorescent lamps at higher frequencies, resulting in an overall lamp-ballast system – increasing efficacy 15% to 20% over a magnetic equivalent.
Length (in)

Length (in)

Also referred to as "Maximum Overall Length" (MOL). For light bulbs, it measures the length of a light bulb, from the top of the bulb to the bottom of the base or pins and is typically expressed in inches. For light fixtures and ballasts, it applies to the total horizontal length of the item.
Width (in)

Width (in)

For fixtures and ballasts, width is the measurement of the total horizontal distance from left to right of the product in inches.
Height (in)

Height (in)

For ballasts and fixtures, height is the measurement of total vertical distance from the top of the product to the bottom expressed in inches.

Lamps by Wattage

1x19W-55W, 1x40W-215W, 2x17W-40W


5 year limited
Ballast Lamp Type

Ballast Lamp Type

The type of bulb the ballast can fire.
AC Input (Watts)

AC Input (Watts)

The amount of watts to operate emergency lamps.
Charging Current (Amps)

Charging Current (Amps)

The amount of current to charge a battery.