the only reason in my mind why this would'nt work is if your house got struck by lightening and your ballast wasn't plugged into a surge protector
Most surge protectors on the market (ones that we can afford) really won't help much in the event of a lightning strike. It all depends on rating of the protector and the amount of current from the strike. The good ones cost $75.00 or more. But most everyday surge strips will absorb the occasional power spike.
Here is a side note.....with some of the "older" flourecscent ballasts, if when you hook it up and it don't work (start), try swapping the feed wires around. It has been my experience in the past to do this and the fixture would fire. Really don't know why. I do know that it was usually with the older ballasts that I have had to do this with. I really never paid attention to what type of ballast they were. But I will now. LOL