Is there an inrush current associated with the HPS ballasts?

I want to use the HPS lamps to light up the parking lot, and for safety, I wonder if the ballast will generate inrush current.

Some low-end HPS ballasts will generate inrush current, but nowadays most ballasts don’t. Now the manufacturers make sure that the inrush current won’t exceed the regulated value. And many manufacturers apply a soft-start system that has overload protection.

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