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Offlinetrichome
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I Love Digital Ballasts
    #484938 - 10/04/10 11:04 AM (6 years, 2 months ago)

Past few years I've owned a 400w hps with analog (old school) external ballast.  The (sun system) ballast is really heavy, hums, and gets really hot during use.
Then I got a 600w digital ballast.  It's much smaller, lighter, quieter (nearly silent w/cooling fan running!), and stays COLD to the touch!  The analog and digital ballasts run side by side, and the differences are obvious, the digital ballast starts the light with much less electricity and fires the bulb right up, while the analog powered bulb fights its way to life (both lamps have new bulbs).

In conclusion, I think everyone should buy digital ballasts, unless there is some really good reason (like you already have an analog).  I was really surprised by how much more efficient the digital ballasts are.

What are your thoughts? :stoned:


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: trichome]
    #485034 - 10/04/10 05:25 PM (6 years, 2 months ago)

They produce more light too, so you would be an idiot to go the other way.  I think a lot of people are all about budget though.


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: SmOakland]
    #485060 - 10/04/10 07:12 PM (6 years, 2 months ago)

Do they even sell magnetic ballasts anymore?  Pretty much figured every MFR was making digital/electronic ballasts now.  I'd imagine the market for a magnetic ballast would be minuscule these days.


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: coda]
    #485113 - 10/04/10 09:23 PM (6 years, 2 months ago)

now switchable ballasts are all the rage.  Get one ballast to do 250 - 1000 watts.


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #485117 - 10/04/10 09:28 PM (6 years, 2 months ago)

I love the one I got.
Quite and low heat.Being able to change the watts is a big Plus.


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: KaptKid]
    #485148 - 10/04/10 11:02 PM (6 years, 2 months ago)

Would love to have one  :dead: its next on the list :awesome:


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: xX42oXx]
    #485214 - 10/05/10 07:12 AM (6 years, 2 months ago)

I'm looking to pick up 2x 600w digital in the next month.

I don't know a ton about them, I'm buying Lumatek, unless someone can recommend something even better for a reasonable price increase...


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: Inverted]
    #485730 - 10/07/10 12:33 AM (6 years, 2 months ago)

Well Phantom's are pretty good but so is Lumatek :thumbup:


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Re: I Love Digital Ballasts [Re: trichome]
    #485776 - 10/07/10 09:42 AM (6 years, 2 months ago)

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trichome said:
Past few years I've owned a 400w hps with analog (old school) external ballast.  The (sun system) ballast is really heavy, hums, and gets really hot during use.
Then I got a 600w digital ballast.  It's much smaller, lighter, quieter (nearly silent w/cooling fan running!), and stays COLD to the touch!  The analog and digital ballasts run side by side, and the differences are obvious, the digital ballast starts the light with much less electricity and fires the bulb right up, while the analog powered bulb fights its way to life (both lamps have new bulbs).

In conclusion, I think everyone should buy digital ballasts, unless there is some really good reason (like you already have an analog).  I was really surprised by how much more efficient the digital ballasts are.

What are your thoughts? :stoned:




Magnetic ballasts really use magnetic coils to transform energy from your service provides to what your lamp needs.  This process builds up heat, which is a form of waste.  The electronic ballasts are all solid state (circuit boards), so they do not create the heat and they conserve energy. 

Some electronic ballasts can actually make your lamp put out the same amount of light while using less energy (400w light using 390watts).  Most energy saving lamps, like the 360 that can work in a 400, will also show a drop in lumen output.  That is not the case for using the electronic ballasts. 

Magnetic ballasts are being outlawed in many countries due to their waste.  There are still a lot of them in service.  Many will be serviceable and can be serviced under law.  Also, some manufacturers are still allowed to make magnetic ballasts for fixtures that require them.  Those manufacturer's can't make the original ballast/fixture cobination to sell new, just supply the ballast for maintenance purposes.


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