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Another ballast question

Original poster: "J. B. Weazle McCreath by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <weazle-at-hurontel.on.ca>

Hello Coilers,

Someone had mentioned the other day about having taps on the ballast
inductor can cause it to behave a bit like an autotransformer with the
windings beyond the tap point being subject to possible high voltage.

What would the effect be of putting say a 50 or 100 ohm, high wattage
resistor across the entire ballast winding so that when a tap point
is chosen that leaves "unused" windings, the voltage developed there
would have somewhere to go?

Perhaps it would create another problem, while solving the first one,
but I didn't think it would hurt to ask about it, as possibly it has
already been tried by someone on the list.