Metal Halide Ballasts

Industrial Consumer

City staff are encouraged to seek LED replacements for metal halide lamps.

See the Guide for City staff below. 





Info on this product category: Metal Halide Ballasts

Criteria for Metal Halide Ballasts

If LED replacements do not exist,  ballasts must be for pulse start metal halide lamps  with minimum 2-year warranty. RoHS-compliant products are preferred.

Prohibited products:
• Ballasts for </= 400-watt probe-start metal halide lamps;
• HID ballasts that do not have at least a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty;
• Ballasts that do not have a Class A FCC Electromagnetic Compliance rating.


Last updated

Last updated: 
December 2, 2019

Guide for City Staff

City staff should see the buy green guide for lamps (bulbs), ballasts, LED fixtures, and drivers, and recycling.

Need help switching to LEDs?  Get funding for retrofits with the SF Public Utilities Commission: 415-554-2442,

Recycling Instructions

Hang posters where lighting is collected for recycling.

In City-owned buildings, pay for a pickup from your lighting vendor or SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH).

In privately-owned buildings, use companies serving the San Francisco Bay Area.