I want to buy a 1000 w set up thinking abour a quantum digital ballast as i love my 600 was wondering what is the hands down best bulb in digi ballast
I’m NOT a lighting expert. But, my vast experience leads me to believe that the piece of eqipment that effects outcome the least is the bulb. As long as they are replaced regularly. About once a year for sodiums, two years for halides. I like Hortilux…:-)
Hortilux = quality! I think there digi should be be out soon or is out. Anyone try it yet or know the release day? Very curious.
I heard a lot about hortilux bulbs not firing right in digital ballast first digi 400 ballast I got wouldnt fire hortilux mh bluedaylight had to get new diff ballast and new bulb and still to this day it doesnt fire every time hopin wont have that
Problem with 1000 hps
The problem might be that you’re trying to fire a 1,000watt Daylight blue at 400watts. You are supposed to light the lamps at their production rating. After the bulb comes to full brightness you can adjust it down. Some digitals allow you adjust while lit, others don’t. What the digital manufacturers don’t tell you is, running bulbs at anything other than their listed wattage will decrease bulb life.
I suggest buying several bulbs to accomodate your needs. And NEVER use the SUPER LUMEN setting…:-)
come on now im not new i was having that problem with global greenhouse 400 watt digital ballast and 400 watt day blue bulb now i have a 400 watt lumitek digital and a newer version 400 daylight hort blue and it still will not come on every time with timer every once in a while when i was using it in conjunsion with hps to flower with fuller spec it wouldnt fire-not that big of a deal becouse i ussually use for veg but when i get new 1000 set up i dont want to have that problem -fyi if u look on hort web sight about 400 dyblue it says its not compatible with didgtal ballsts-there new 600 watt mh blue comin out shouldnt have that problem becouse i think the only 600 watt ballast that will fire mh are digital
600 watt magnetic core ballasts are readily available. I’ve been running Lumatek bllasts for a couple years now and I’ve never had that issue. I just preserve my bulb life by running the appropriate wattage. Buying several bulbs now, rather than replace the bigger ones early.
I don’y like pushing the limits on bulbs burning at 1500 degrees. I’ve only seen one bulb burst in over 20 years. It was very old, more than 4-5 years. I’ll never do that again…:-O
hi kyle what would be a good choice to stay with magnetic ballasts or digital is there any big differance your input is so appreciated if its good enough for you that will do me lol
Magnetic ballasts work fine.
Digital ballasts have several advantages however. Mainly that they fire both Sodium and Halide HID’s. They are also much lighter, which only seems important if your an illegal grower who has to move twice a year.;-)
They are also about half the size and produce significantly less heat. The majority are also feature adjustable wattage settings which afford numerous advantages. Most are also equipped to run on either 110 or 220volts…:-)
Has anyone tried the 600/400 nextgen digital ballast
I have been speaking to Jason Bedell, owner of Lumatek, today about their ballasts and the problems with Vaportrail’s “blown bulb” problems. It seems that not just Lumatek’s but ALL digital or “E” ballasts have a compatibiltiy problem with Hortilux, SunMaster, Agrosun and other “high end” bulbs. It seems that MOST HPS bulbs require 4000-5000 volts to “fire” the bulb and all digital/”E” ballasts fire in this range.
It also seems that Hortilux and these other manufacturers have designed their bulbs to fire at a much lower 1500-2000 volts and these digital ballast a surging over twice that through these bulbs. Therefore, this overload is blowing out SOME (but not all) of these types of bulbs. Anyway, because the Lumatek is not strictly an electronic ballast (it has chip circuitry), Lumatek has redesigned the chips in the latest production models to fire at any voltage requirement between 1500-5000. Now, the Lumatek’s will work with any bulb of your choosing and this is the only ballast that can make that claim. Because of the chip technology, Lumatek is the only digital/electronic ballast on the market that even has the ability to alter their firing range.
I’ve had a couple friends of mine who like to use lumatek but they kept interfering with there wi fi
all that being said i went into my veg room last night and my new lumatek didnt fire my damn hort day blue again took about 10-15 times unplugging and plugging back in before it fired
Hmmm, I’ve been using Lumatek and Hortilux 1000watt Daylight Blues for years and not once have had any issue. Are you firing them at 1000watts?
You should always fire your bulbs at the stated wattage. Let them come to full brightness before adjusting them down…:-)
No my set up is just a 400 watt gift blue mh bulb an a lumetek 400 watt ballast
I’m sorry DJ,
I haven’t had any experience with those.
I suggest you take it back where you bought it and have them exchange it for a system that works properly.
Maybe try one of the other brands they carry…:-)
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