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Universal Lighting Technologies is launching a new online eHID course at its award-winning e-Learning Center. Subjects covered include a history of eHID technology, an analysis of its performance and benefits, and a review of its most common applications, including a detailed replacement matrix for retrofitting magnetic HID systems.

Electronic High Intensity Discharge (or eHID) ballasts can significantly reduce energy use and monthly operating costs in a broad range of applications such as warehouses, big-box retail stores, factories, manufacturing facilities, schools, and parking lots. The Vossloh-Schwabe line of eHID ballasts from Universal Lighting Technologies are ideal for metal halide lamps ranging from 20 to 210 watts, with energy savings up to 17 percent compared to magnetic HID ballasts.

All Vossloh-Schwabe eHID ballasts feature industry-leading intelligence in the form of a microprocessor that continuously monitors lamp characteristics during operation and adjusts the lamp current to optimize lamp performance. They also stabilize lamp color temperature by providing a relatively constant output power, and they provide flicker-free performance throughout the lifespan of the lamp. In addition, Vossloh-Schwabe eHID ballasts offer the opportunity to downsize the luminaire housing and reduce wiring costs. Additional features include quiet operation and a rugged, lightweight design.

The e-Learning Center is designed to educate lighting contractors, distributors and end users about the latest lighting technologies, and many courses qualify for continuing education credits through professional certification organizations such as NAED, NALMCO, and NCQLP. The eHID module is now available online free of charge to anyone involved in the lighting industry. Other courses include Ballast Basics, DCL Technology, and Fundamentals of HID.

To sign up for the e-Learning Center, visit Universal Lighting Technologies online at www.unvlt.com and click the square e-Learning Center icon at the center of the page. Each course features user-friendly point-and-click navigation so students can learn at their own pace, at their own computers, at the time most convenient for them.