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The Philips Bodine B50 made even better

Our best selling product just got better!
B50 upgrade offers AC output for T5 operation in a low-profile enclosure.

The popular Philips Bodine B50 Emergency Ballast has been upgraded to offer more options and greater flexibility to the lighting market. The B50 now provides AC output for one T5 or one T8 lamp, as well as DC output for one or two T8s. In addition, the size of the unit has been reduced, making it a better choice for low-profile designs. Maximum initial lumen output has also been increased.

  Features Dimensions Initial
lumen output
New B50 AC Output for one T5 or one T8; DC Output for one or two T8s 13.3” L x 2.2” W x 1.18” H Up to 1600
Old B50 DC Output for one or two T8s 13.3” L x 2.4” W x 1.5” H Up to 1400

The BSL310The B50 works in conjunction with an AC ballast to convert new or existing fluorescent fixtures into emergency lighting. When normal power is lost, the B50 senses the outage and immediately begins supplying power to the lamp(s). It will support the lamp(s) for up to 90 minutes.

In addition to fluorescent operation, the new B50 works with Philips InstantFit LED T8 retrofit lamps and LED retrofits from other manufacturers to provide emergency lighting. Please contact the Philips Bodine Sales Team at 800.223.5728 or Tech Support at for more information on B50 compatibility.

Product Highlights

  • Supports the lamp load for a minimum of 90 minutes, in accordance with the NFPA® Life Safety Code®.
  • Provides AC output for one T5 or T8; DC output for one or two T8s
  • Low-profile design (13.3”L x 2.2"W x 1.18”H)
  • Universal input (120-277 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz)
  • Suitable for a wide range of input voltages and frequencies
  • Compatible with most 17-215 W (2’ – 8’) T5 - T12 fluorescent linear lamps
  • Compatible with Philips InstantFit LED T8 retrofit lamps and others
  • Compatible with end-of-lamp-life circuitry
  • UL Listed for the U.S. and Canada


Please note that as we ramp up production of the upgraded B50, we will be shipping the current B50 (2012) until stock is depleted.



Brochures Spec Sheets Instructions Sheets

Download PDF New B50 Product Sheet
Download PDF New B50 Spec
Download PDF New B50 Instruction


For more information, please contact us at 800.223.5728.

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