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While many will argue that electronic ballasts are the best, most reliable ballasts for tanning beds, they aren't used as commonly as choke ballasts. Oftentimes, tanning beds aren't engineered to use electronic ballasts making it difficult to install them.
Electronic ballasts actually include several types of ballasts that are electronic in nature. With beds engineered to use these ballasts, they are the simplest to install and are also fairly cost effective because they use the least amount of electricity.
One of the major downsides to electronic ballasts is that they will have very poor performance if they are improperly installed or the system is not just right for them.