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English translation: ballast cover

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French term or phrase:cache-ballast
English translation:ballast cover
Entered by: Mary Worby
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07:10 Aug 17, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase: cache-ballast
This is from a lighting catalogue. The item in question is an accessory available for flush mounted lights (the ones that fit into false ceilings in offices, etc.)

Sentence as follows:

Un cache-ballast, disponible en accessoire, peut-être encliqueté en fond de caisson pour dissimuler l’appareillage.

The situation is not helped by the fact that I'm not really sure what the 'ballast' is either )-:

All suggestions gratefully received. Also, if anyone could point me at a glossary for light fittings, etc., I would be very much in their debt!

TIA

Mary
Mary Worby
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:29
ballast cover
Explanation:
Hi Mary,

AFAIK, a ballast (same word in English, apparently) is a transformer of some description (often used with low-voltage or halogen lighting systems).

A 'cache-ballast' would simply be a 'ballast cover' or a mount, depending on whereabouts it is situated...

Sorry, I don't know of a glossary, but here is a link to a site with lots of useful information on ballasts, including photos...
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jgal
Local time: 06:29
Grading comment
Thanks, Julia! It's always so much more obvious once you know the answer, isn't it! I'd been thinking 'masking' and 'concealing' and that sort of thing - but I'd somehow managed to miss 'cover'!
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na +2ballast cover
jgal
na +1ballast coverMarcus Malabad
naballast cover
Nikki Scott-Despaigne


  

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25 mins peer agreement (net): +2
ballast cover


Explanation:
Hi Mary,

AFAIK, a ballast (same word in English, apparently) is a transformer of some description (often used with low-voltage or halogen lighting systems).

A 'cache-ballast' would simply be a 'ballast cover' or a mount, depending on whereabouts it is situated...

Sorry, I don't know of a glossary, but here is a link to a site with lots of useful information on ballasts, including photos...


    Reference: http://www.advancetransformer.com/default.asp
jgal
Local time: 06:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 897
Grading comment
Thanks, Julia! It's always so much more obvious once you know the answer, isn't it! I'd been thinking 'masking' and 'concealing' and that sort of thing - but I'd somehow managed to miss 'cover'!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Hi Julia! Your answer came through as I posted mine up. Same answer but your explanation is spot on - ha! ha!
8 mins

agree  Marcus Malabad: I guess we were all on the same thing at the same time ;-)
11 mins
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32 mins
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Explanation:
Ballast to do with lighting??? I see the sort of light you mean and "cache-ballast" might be translated by "ballast cover", ballast being weight added to something to that it sits in the way required.

Ballast is a common nautical term. Sailing boats have ballast in their hulls so that the boat resists heeling force (leaning over to one side from the force of wind in the sails and, to a lesser extent, the waves) thereby improving stability. Ballast is either fixed or moveable...

Why any light should ever need to be ballasted at all is a mystery to me. In any event, all the bits and bobs of the weighting apparatus (worse than 'ballast') are hidden under a cover. Heaven knows why!

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 06:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4431
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34 mins peer agreement (net): +1
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Explanation:
Mary,

The 'ballast' your text is referring to is the fluorescent lamp ballast. The ballast is that part of the fixture that transforms electrical power to the light. It's a device that is used with an electric discharge lamp (e.g., fluorescent lamps) to obtain the necessary circuit conditions for starting and operating.

The 'cache' is simply the cover for the ballast. Your text even says that it can be "disponible en accessoire" and may be attached at the bottom of the "caisson" to hide the lighting fixture. It's clearly a cover.

See first link below in reference area for pic of this ballast. See second link for ballast cover.

I found a lot of glossaries, here are the best three:

http://www.concentric.net/~Durotest/dtbglt.htm

http://www.pegasusassociates.com/Glossary.html

http://www.starlitepro.com/glossary_of_lighting_terms.htm



    Reference: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/nlpip/guidtofluorl1.html
    Reference: http://www.retrolite.com/wide3.htm
Marcus Malabad
Canada
Local time: 06:29
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in TagalogTagalog
PRO pts in pair: 390

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxxxxxxxmkr: Thanks for those glossary links, Marcus. I'm sure they'll come in very useful! Mary
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