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Old January 20th 05, 07:55 PM
Nikki Casali
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Is this the holy grail of electronic fluorescent ballasts?

http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...at=340&page=12

Anyone ever used one? I'd like to use it to power 4x24W T5 bulbs and
also to simulate sunrise and sunset.

With the current exchange rate I can't go wrong!

Nikki

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Old January 21st 05, 04:21 AM
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Nikki Casali wrote in
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Is this the holy grail of electronic fluorescent ballasts?

http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...uctid=907&cat=
340&page=12

Anyone ever used one? I'd like to use it to power 4x24W T5 bulbs and
also to simulate sunrise and sunset.

With the current exchange rate I can't go wrong!

Nikki



You might want to be really careful and make sure of a good return policy.

I'm in Canada and I tried some icecap ballasts for my MH lighting as the
electroic were low noise and low heat VS the old transformer types. I
never got them to work, only one bulb of my pair ever fired up and this
stoped firing up after a couple of days, tried different bulbs etc but no
go. After talking with the store (in the USA, they were very good and
helpful) I found that they can be finicky depending on your power supply.
They didn't have many problems with customers in the USA but have had
before from the ones in Canada. So if your local hydro cheats a little bit
and gives you 105 instead of 110v say (220 230? in the UK) you might have
problems.

Cheers.
P.
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Old January 21st 05, 04:59 AM
Nikki Casali
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Pete wrote:

Nikki Casali wrote in
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Is this the holy grail of electronic fluorescent ballasts?

http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...uctid=907&cat=
340&page=12

Anyone ever used one? I'd like to use it to power 4x24W T5 bulbs and
also to simulate sunrise and sunset.

With the current exchange rate I can't go wrong!

Nikki




You might want to be really careful and make sure of a good return policy.

I'm in Canada and I tried some icecap ballasts for my MH lighting as the
electroic were low noise and low heat VS the old transformer types. I
never got them to work, only one bulb of my pair ever fired up and this
stoped firing up after a couple of days, tried different bulbs etc but no
go. After talking with the store (in the USA, they were very good and
helpful) I found that they can be finicky depending on your power supply.
They didn't have many problems with customers in the USA but have had
before from the ones in Canada. So if your local hydro cheats a little bit
and gives you 105 instead of 110v say (220 230? in the UK) you might have
problems.


I have been searching the Internet for information on these ballasts.
No-one appears to be using these to light planted aquariums, mostly
reefs. One experience from a website mentioned that the IceCap MH was
terrible, e.g. flickering that couldn't be corrected, but the IceCap
for fluorescents was excellent.


Nikki

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Old January 21st 05, 05:41 PM
JockoBailey
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"Nikki Casali" wrote in message
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Is this the holy grail of electronic fluorescent ballasts?


http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...at=340&page=12

Anyone ever used one? I'd like to use it to power 4x24W T5 bulbs and
also to simulate sunrise and sunset.

With the current exchange rate I can't go wrong!

Nikki


I think that ballast would be overkill for a 100 watts. I have an icecap
ballast burning 4x96W PC's and it works great. BTW it has a 3year warrantee.

Jocko


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Old January 21st 05, 06:10 PM
Nikki Casali
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JockoBailey wrote:

"Nikki Casali" wrote in message
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Is this the holy grail of electronic fluorescent ballasts?



http://www.aquadirect.com/store/cust...at=340&page=12

Anyone ever used one? I'd like to use it to power 4x24W T5 bulbs and
also to simulate sunrise and sunset.

With the current exchange rate I can't go wrong!

Nikki



I think that ballast would be overkill for a 100 watts. I have an icecap
ballast burning 4x96W PC's and it works great. BTW it has a 3year warrantee.


I don't think there is a cheaper alternative around that allows dimming.
The overkill doesn't really bother me, at least in terms of functionality.

Nikki

 




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