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07-09-2006, 01:39 AM
Ok guys and gals,
This chick I work with is setting up a growroom. She is looking for a hps 400w at a local electric supply house. When calling around she was a little overwhelmed by all the questions that were thrown at her.
Now WHY is she buying this light so as not to seem so clueless, and what EXACTLY is she looking for.
07-09-2006, 04:36 AM
A replacement for a backyard security light that failed.
The fixture is fine, she just needs the guts :)
07-09-2006, 04:47 AM
she wants an HPS ballast kit.... to replace her or her (family, friend ect) security light out back that no longer works like cb said .
A 400w kit should be well under $100
07-09-2006, 10:48 AM
Hey guys, thanks
So what all does she need? Ballast, bulb, mogul base? Am I missing anything? Any wires or anything that wont be included?
How do the ballasts come with a light like that? Is it just a coil and ignighter that need to be wired up and mounted or is it plug N play?
What are all the parts that are needed if you do need to build the ballast.
I just want to know what those "guts" consist of?
As Always, thanks
07-09-2006, 04:04 PM
One of reasons they are asking is to be helpful, I bought a 400 watter at a supply house. Do you want to light up baskestball court? Driveway, Why HPS its a yellow light, we can give you the metal Halide for cheaper and its white light.
Those are just normal Q's they ask. I said no, Wider Area, want the HPS for the dullness of light at night.
check this chart:
Outdoor lights are available in three different bulb types:
High Pressure Sodium (HPS)Appearance: Soft yellow hue
Mecury Vapor (MV)Appearance: Blue hue
Advantage: Higher perceived brightness
Metal Halide (MH)Appearance: White (pure) light
Advantage: Excellent color rendition
1stC, I got a pole light in garage, after crowd up, I'll see if it can be located, its already partially disassembled, I ended up just buying a complete system with remote ballest, thats plugnplay....growroom.com
07-09-2006, 09:50 PM
A ballast kit includes : transformer, ignitor, capacitor and sometimes a socket.
To make it remote an extension cord works nicely. Cut the FEMALE end off leaving about a foot and half to 2 feet of cord. Wire that to the 'lamp socket' leads from the cap/ignitor. Cut the male ended wire to length and wire the socket. When you are ready to use the light, simply plug in the male to the female.
Kits are always available on ebay.
07-15-2006, 05:56 PM
To be brutally honest... she is probably much better off getting a hydrofarm or sunsystems ballast/hood set if she doesn't know how to talk to these people over the phone... it will save her lots of headache later on to bone up the extra 200.00. Trust me! It will be safe, enclosed, and worry free for years to come!
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