Were those T12 tubes? That gives me a clue, I bought a case of GE UltraMAX ballasts (GE-232-MAX-H/ULTRA) and upgraded mine to T8 tubes.
T12s seem so outdated now.
To get the degree symbol ° on Windows hold down the Alt key and type 0176 on the keyboard number pad. It is also available via the character map, and on Windows 8.1 devices with a touchscreen via the on screen keyboard.
There is no "E" in either BluVac or Blu-ray Disc.
If you are the type where the painting is more important than the frame, or you just like movies, join me in listening to the widescreen.org podcast.