Self-Ballasted Induction Lamps
They are self-contained induction lamps with integrated circuit.
Performance: Their efficacy is close to 50 lm/W, much higher than incandescent lamps, and similar to the least efficient fluorescent sources. However, with no electrode to consider, starting can be instantaneous and lamps can be switched any number of times without the degradation that always occurs when electrodes are present. In the case of self-ballasted lamps, the lifetime is approximately 10000 hours, much less than the fitting-based induction lamps, due to the difficulty to control the temperature of critical components in the ballast.
Applications: Because of their high rated life, these lamps are well suited for areas where access may be a problem. The self-ballasted lamp is intended as a high efficacy replacement for incandescent reflector lamps in the many applications for which a broad light distribution is either desirable or acceptable. Induction lamps can be available in similar shape to the incandescent lamps that they replace.
For new installation, the fitting-based version shall be preferred.