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Sarahnya

Electric or Magnetic?

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I bought mine second hand. How do I tell if it is an electric or Magnetic ballast? 

 

I read you could take a picture of the bulb, mines not showing any line etc it's a sun master hps bulb. Just not sure if this is a 100% way to tell. 

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Take the model number and google it

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The magnetic  ballasts I have had in the past have always been heavy in weight, when you start a digital ballast most soft start these days so you will see the light power up slower than a magnetic.  

 

atb

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Thanks I'll look later. If its magnetic should I get another? 

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Are these okay. There is a guy selling one for half price on Facebook 

 

Bay 6 600w digital dimmable ballast 

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Sorry for all the questions but if I can dim it down to lower wattage would I be able to put it closer to seedlings

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Dimmables are great, I would suggest a bulb for each setting though.

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2 hours ago, Jimboo said:

Take the model number and google it

There's no make or model on the damn thing, its just s big black box with the power consumption on

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If it’s heavy and big it’s likely to be magnetic. Digital tends to be lighter and smaller.

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8 minutes ago, Johnny2 said:

If it’s heavy and big it’s likely to be magnetic. Digital tends to be lighter and smaller.

Okay cool I'm gonna pick up the new one. 

 

This shit gets expensive! 

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Stick a radio near it :D

 

I'm into amateur radio and wouldn't have one in the house.

 

I like my magnetic ballasts - the heat warms my grow.

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49 minutes ago, cultivateur said:

Stick a radio near it :D

 

I'm into amateur radio and wouldn't have one in the house.

 

I like my magnetic ballasts - the heat warms my grow.

lol don't confuse the issue now 

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1 hour ago, Sarahnya said:

There is a guy selling one for half price on Facebook 

 

 

I would avoid it like the plague mate, buy new and no one knows your game :) 

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Dimmable electronic is the way to go for good reason.

 

I run a Lumatek 250w for veg and dim it down to 125 to start then up it to 175 or 250 as the seedlings grow.

 

For flowering I have the Lumatek 600w and, similarly, start off by dimming to 250w for the first 2 weeks then up it to 400w for week 3 then 600w for weeks 4-7 for an 8-weeker before dimming down to finish.

 

Where I live the cost of leccy is prohibitively expensive so this method saves me a good few bob.

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1 hour ago, Peregrine said:

Dimmable electronic is the way to go for good reason.

 

I run a Lumatek 250w for veg and dim it down to 125 to start then up it to 175 or 250 as the seedlings grow.

 

For flowering I have the Lumatek 600w and, similarly, start off by dimming to 250w for the first 2 weeks then up it to 400w for week 3 then 600w for weeks 4-7 for an 8-weeker before dimming down to finish.

 

Where I live the cost of leccy is prohibitively expensive so this method saves me a good few bob.

Talking if electric how much money does it cost to run a 600w for 18 hrs a day just out if interest. I'm in UK 

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