Ive got some old 110v silver (more then 4 years old) ones and 220v purple ones. All 600's and not a single prob. My dimmable china one from a local shop has gone out twice now in a year.I run to the switchable 1000wat Lumateks With 600w Usho Bulbs for 2 years. I have had no problem with lumatek.
Agreed on the dimming feature; between killing your PAR per watt efficiency and accelerating the bulb's lumen depreciation, it's just not worth it. For HPS it's not so bad; for MH it's a deal killer.1000 and 600 lumatek both having strike problems. I had the newer dimming with super lumens and I had to constantly check on both everyday to make sure they were on. The 1000 watt is the worse maybe not striking 2 sometimes 3 times a week. My store likes me so they offered to switch them out for me to another of my liking. I chose quantums because I have heard of phantoms doing the same. Quantums no problems yet. I GOT DIGI BALLASTS FOR THAT DIMMING BULLSHIT THEORY ON DIMMING THE PLANTS AND GRADUALLY CRANK IT UP. SEEN DIMINISHING RETURNS ON YIELDS. NOT COOL! so i just run them at 100% all the time and problem fixed
Hello wretched, I have been running lumatec's for years. Not married to them or nothing but they have outlasted and outpreformed most other ballast's I've used to date. If your in the states and are in a mmj state then I would look to a local source for what ever you buy. Yes I have had some problems wih lumatec, More so in there infancy but I have had problems with most other ballests also. Stay away from ballests with cooling fans unless you can get them cheap. They require blowing out the dust from time to time and blow dust all over the compondnts. (next gen, etc) Often times people will buy cheap lamps and have problems with them. I had problems with some ge lamps fireing. Swiched out to digilux and oshua and have never looked back..I have had striking problems on a flip flop and have seen others with the same problem. Changed out the lamp and problem solved everytime but one. That time was actually a relay in the flip flop. It sounds like you are only using one light though so no big deal. I would look at the new gavita's as ttystik mentions. There is a 600 that might souit your need. They use 400 volts to run the lamp's Evey thing else on the market currently uses 250 volts. Nothing else compairs and cost's are right in line with other set ups. Good luck getting your hands on one in the states though. They go quick. May be a problem if problems arise though so a back up plan is always a good plan. The soltec's look very nice but no local dealers so I stay clear of them. If I was running a large warehouse and demand charges applyed I would then seriously consider there matrix ballest. Automatic soft start, remote programing, yada yada yada,,, Most electronic ballests today work and some are a bit better then others. Stay away from the knock off brands that seam cheap. They are.. Shop on line and find the best price on the ballest that best fits your needs. If you can take that price to a local shop and see how close they will come. My local guy hates me cause I am always beating him up. Remember though, the convinence of being able to exchange/warrenty local is worth something, How much is up to you. As was stated above step up to a 600 or 1000 watter. Run bare bulb and cool the air if you can the difference in yeald should offset the cost to cool and the flowers will be higher quality. Aint nobody going to be lookin for electrical spikes or nothing over 1 light so don't sweat it. Worry more about odor. You can never run to many carbon filters. Best of luck on your expansion/upgrade.has there been any problems with these ballast are the quality or is there defect i should worry about looking to bump up from my mag ballast was wondering about the dimmable's ballast mainly the lumatek 400w dimmable ATM..
any one got and good info!!
nope just switch slow no problems.Looking to get two of these for the next grow I also heard you had to switch off first before changing settings :)