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OfflineMrAl
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Fucking Digital Ballast!!
    #236814 - 06/06/09 02:44 PM (7 years, 6 months ago)

I have a HPS 600 watt digital ballast.

I used it several years ago.

It went through a couple bulbs back then.

I thought it was due to some power surges and fucked up wiring in a very old building.

Tried it last night with a brand new highly recommended 600 watt bulb.

It is fucking dead as of today.

Bulb doesn't look FUBAR or anything.

Red light on the side of the ballast is on when it's plugged in,

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.

Does anyone have info on how to troubleshoot this?

Time is critical.

I could hold things over for maybe 3 days with a couple flourescent shop lights (with plant/aquarium bulbs) but even that looks dicey.

I would sincerely appreciate your knowledgeable assistance!


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Re: Fucking Digital Ballast!! [Re: MrAl]
    #236821 - 06/06/09 03:01 PM (7 years, 6 months ago)

Take the bulb back. Tell em your back up bulb that is old works in the ballast so it can't possiably be the ballast. They should give ya a new bulb (be sure to explain how it only worked for a few minutes) then try the new bulb and you'll know for sure then.


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Re: Fucking Digital Ballast!! [Re: Magash]
    #237142 - 06/07/09 09:59 AM (7 years, 5 months ago)

Thank you for your advice.  I bought the bulb online.  I am pretty sure it was the ballast. I wouldn't want the company to pay for my mistake.  Either way though, by the time a replacement get here it would be too late.  I think next time I will invest in a few ballasts/lights before I attempt anything.  It was my mistake expecting a ballast that fucked up two bulbs a couple years back at a different place to behave differently.

I didn't have this problem with some older type ballasts years ago.

Are digital ballasts the way to go?  The one that I'm not going to use anymore was a digital ballast that could switch between HPS and MH.  Yes, I did buy the correct HPS bulb for the system.


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Re: Fucking Digital Ballast!! [Re: MrAl]
    #237156 - 06/07/09 12:17 PM (7 years, 5 months ago)

i don't know anything on digi ballasts but if you're going to hold over you plants with shop lights, get the 5600k daylight bulbs. i know they are a but pricey at $10 usd for a pack of 2, but the extra lumin output is worth it.


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Re: Fucking Digital Ballast!! [Re: Yasi]
    #237305 - 06/07/09 09:32 PM (7 years, 5 months ago)

I had started them with those kinds of lights (but with the aquarium/plant flouros, not clear as to whether that is better or worse than the "daylight" ones).  They needed more so I ended up sending for a new HPS bulb.  The ballast appeared to kill the bulb overnight.  Anyway, I ended up moving them elsewhere as their situation was not viable here.

I thank you guys for your advice.
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