Underclocking 1k Watt Hps ?

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Mr.Xagain

Mr.Xagain

Im realizing i might not be able to control my temps and was wondering what thoughts anyone with knowledge may have on light output and spectrometry, color range. If i Underclock a 1k to 65 % 70 % to find my heat limitations. I was hoping to have four 4×8 banks each lit by two 1k ac hoods. But fear i may have to go with two 600 watters in my 4×8 banks. I know hortilux doesn't recommend underclocking they're bulbs but a 600W ballast costs the same as a 1k and if i get proper air conditioning im hoping i can bring up to 1k per 4×4 area, ie 2k W per 4×8 bank. Any suggestions help or feedback is greatly appreciated.
 
fishwhistle

fishwhistle

Dimming does affect spectrum,I think the rule is like 15-20% is OK but much more then that affects the spectrum detrimentally.
 
Midwestjay

Midwestjay

well thats why everyone recommends using the proper size bulb for the wattage dialed,because you will get a better spectrum this way instead of dimming a 1000w bulb.it makes sense to me :)
I get that part completely. My question does turning a 2k spectrum bulb down make the spectrum raise or lower?
 
Mr.Xagain

Mr.Xagain

I spoke with a hortilux sales rep and they are completely against the whole dimming option. Jays question is an interesting one though. What happens when you OVERclock a bulb ? Idk, i started the thread because i want to get the most lumens/PAR possible. Despite not getting optimal color spectrum. Its about the yield im concerned with.
 
Midwestjay

Midwestjay

I spoke with a hortilux sales rep and they are completely against the whole dimming option. Jays question is an interesting one though. What happens when you OVERclock a bulb ? Idk, i started the thread because i want to get the most lumens/PAR possible. Despite not getting optimal color spectrum. Its about the yield im concerned with.
I over clock because it's supposed to increase par. I've seen a few charts but don't have any.
 
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