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How to Replace 3 Lamp Series-Parallel Ballast with Series

3 Lamp Series-Parallel Ballast

Factory wiring

One of our readers wrote us about replacing some T8 Motorola 3 lamp series-parallel ballasts (first image below). I suggested he replace them with 3 lamp parallel instant start ballasts. Unfortunately, this involved removing (or replacing) and rewiring the lampholders. He was looking for a solution that did not involve replacing or rewiring lampholders.

He was able to locate a 3 lamp series ballast (second image below). Just to see if it might work, he wired the new ballast to the fixture lampholders while matching colors (third image). As it turns out, the lamps lit up and are still on.

This reader David is a retired electrician and doing volunteer work at the local library.

3 Lamp Rapid Start Ballast Wiring Diagram

Replacement ballast

3 Lamp Series Ballast Wiring Diagram

6 Individual wires, 2 common wires

After 3 Lamp Ballast is Replaced with Rapid Start

As seen below, the wire colors on the ballast match the wire colors on the lampholders. Orange wire connectors are preferred for joining 4 ballast wires (18 AWG).

3Lamp Seriesparallel to Series Lampholder Wiring Diagram

3 Lamp Series-Parallel Ballast

Replace

Ballasts

Replace 1

Lamp Series Ballast with 2 lamp Parallel

Replace 1 Lamp Series Ballast with 2 Lamp Series

Replace 2

Lamp Parallel Ballast

Replace 2

Lamp Series Ballast with Parallel

Replace 2

Lamp Series Ballast with Parallel 2

Replace 2

Lamp Series Ballast with Series

Replace 3

Lamp Parallel Ballast

Replace 3 Lamp Two Parallel Ballasts with Parallel

Replace 3

Lamp Series Ballast with Parallel

Replace 3 Lamp Two Series Ballasts with Parallel

Replace 3

Lamp Series-Parallel

Ballast with Parallel

Replace 3

Lamp Series-Parallel

Ballast with Parallel 2

Replace 3

Lamp Series-Parallel

Ballast with Series

Replace 4

Lamp Parallel Ballast

Replace 4 Lamp Two Series Ballasts with Parallel

Replace 4

Lamp Series Ballast with Parallel

Replace Fluorescent Tubes with LED

Direct-Wire Dual-Ended

LED Tube

Lights

Direct-Wire Single-Ended LED Tube

Lights