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NOTE
Using Battery Powered Emergency Backup Ballasts in
Conjunction with Lutron Dimming Ballasts
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Overview
In commercial fluorescent applications, battery backup ballasts are sometimes used for required
emergency and egress lighting. Battery backup ballasts provide one solution for addressing
emergency lighting. These ballasts provide light on a temporary basis when normal power has been
interrupted. Some of the major manufacturers are Bodine Emergency Lighting, Exide Technologies
and Iota Engineering.
To unswitched AC:
use proper tap and
cap unused lead
Typical Wiring Diagram:
LINE
BLACK
WHITE
LUTRON
DIMMER
BLACK
BLUE
BLUE
ORANGE
BLUE
BLUE/WHT
WHITE
DIMMING
BALLAST
RED
YELLOW
RED
YELL/BLK
EMERGENCY
BALLAST
BLACK
120V
ORANGE
277V
WHITE
COM
RED
YELLOW
YELLOW
RED
LAMP 1
WHITE
BATTERY
CONNECTOR
INDICATOR
LIGHT
LAMP 2 (EMERGENCY)
Emergency Ballast Recommendations
Lutron fluorescent ballasts are designed to provide lamps with a precise amount of voltage to ensure
long lamp life, flicker-free performance and lamp balance. The addition of an emergency ballast can
affect the amount of voltage delivered to the lamps. It is imperative that any emergency ballast should
not significantly alter the amount of voltage that is delivered to the lamp and filaments. We
recommend choosing emergency ballasts from manufacturers who take these considerations into
account. Please refer to the emergency ballast manufacturer for compatibility.
Wiring Recommendations
While the wiring method may change for each manufacturer, the main function is to illuminate one
lamp or two lamps within the chosen fixture in an emergency condition. There are several guidelines
for using this technology with Lutron dimming ballasts.
• Always keep the lamp wires as short as possible. The total lamp wire length for Lutron fluorescent
ballasts includes the wire length of the back up device. Please see Lutron ballast specifications for
maximum allowable lamp wire length.
• Depending on the fixture layout there may be a slight imbalance of illumination on a multi-lamp
ballast during normal operation.
• Contact Lutron Technical Support for further information.
Worldwide Technical and Sales Assistance
If you need assistance, call the toll-free
Lutron Technical Support Center.
Please provide exact model number when calling.
24 hours/day + 7 days/week
North and South America
U.S.A., Canada, Caribbean: 1.800.523.9466
Mexico: +1.888.235.2910
Central/South America: +1.610.282.6701
Europe
Technical support: +44.(0)20.7680.4481
Asia
Northern China: 10.800.712.1536
Southern China: 10.800.120.1536
Hong Kong: 800.901.849
Indonesia : 001.803.011.3994
Japan: +81.3.5575.8411
Macau : 0800.401
Singapore: 800.120.4491
Taiwan: 00.801.137.737
Thailand: 001.800.120.665853
Other countries: +65.6220.4666
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
7200 Suter Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036-1299
U.S.A.
Phone: (610) 282-3800
Fax: (610) 282-3090
Visit us on the web at www.lutron.com
Lutron and Hi-lume are registered trademarks of
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Eco-10 is a
trademark of Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Need additional assistance? Call the Lutron Technical Support Center 1-800-523-9466.
Please provide exact model number when calling.
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