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OfflineBlueDruid
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what's wrong with my ballast?
    #30274 - 05/15/08 08:49 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

I've had a 250w ballast & light for a few years (though not in constant use). I haven't used it for over a year and when I set it up yesterday it was REALLY noisy, much more so than it has been before. Anyone know what it could be & how to fix it?

Thanks


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OfflineSirius
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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: BlueDruid]
    #30538 - 05/15/08 05:00 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Do you know more about which ballast you have? I don't know anything about ballasts, but I did some looking around and if it became really noisy, the transformer, or other parts may have become loose, or the transformer plates are shaking apart. Is the noise like a buzz? Hopefully someone knows more.


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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: Sirius]
    #30770 - 05/16/08 12:43 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Yah what's the noise? Who made the ballast?


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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: coda]
    #31307 - 05/16/08 08:53 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

I'm not sure who made it, it doesn't say on it other than "power plant horticultural lighting ballast".
The noise is a buzzing/humm occasionally varying in pitch/loudness but always (now) loud. There is also a lot of vibrations I've found out so it looks like it could be just a loose transformer. I'll take a look inside it tonight and tighten up whatever I can.


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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: BlueDruid]
    #31417 - 05/16/08 02:10 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Keep us posted. :thumbup:


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OfflineBlueDruid
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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: Sirius]
    #31480 - 05/16/08 06:46 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Problem solved. It was something loose. I opened it up and nothing really seemed that loose but I tightened everything up as far as it'd go and when I turned it back on it was back to being quiet again.


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Re: what's wrong with my ballast? [Re: BlueDruid]
    #31748 - 05/16/08 10:08 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

good deal, wish i could open up my hydrofarm 430 watt ballast to replace the capacitor. They must have jacked the screws on with a an impact driver because those motherfuckers won't come loose.


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