Durability of MH ballast ?

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  1. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    As some of you know I been struggling with equipment issues and was seriously considering getting out. I decided to give it one more shot and that's it I am finished.

    So these are some of the options I am considering.

    1) Nova Extreme Pro 36" 6-lamp reef fixture with 6 UV Lighting Co 39W lamps, reflectors, UV shield, two cooling fans, separate power cords for blues/whites (dawn to dusk) $250 includes 11 bulbs.

    2) 48" Current USA Outer Orbit HQI 2 x 150W MH, Dual Actinic 2 x 130


    3) 120W Bridgelux Value LED Fixture 2 x $179


    4) Never mind! I just got my replacement fixture, #2 takes it $300 and is only 6 month used

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  3. Rarend99

    Rarend99 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    It's a decent light with the right bulbs, in the long run I think the LEDs would have suited you better, but I'm glad you're happy with your choice and good luck!
     
  4. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    So this is what the lights look like, I got until morning to pay my $340. I'm still scratching my head though.
     

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  5. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Will I got more information on this system! The bulbs are slightly used, however the system is 4 years old. Which makes me even more skeptical. Could the ballast for this system be at or near the end of their life cycle? Typically how long does good ballast last for?
     
  6. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    So no success on returning the other unit?

    This looks similar to it, but a trusted brand rather than EBAY?
     
  7. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    He wouldn't even entertain the idea of a return, 30 days that's it for a return policy.

    It is a brand name and quite spendy at that, but if the unit can get me through the next few years it would be more than worth it. The ballast on this one already lasted 4 times longer than my cheap unit I have now.
     
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  9. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Scumbag.

    Your ballasts should last on the order of years, not months like your old one. I have halide lighting, but not long enough to comment further on longevity. What brand is the ballast?
     
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    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    I'll be honest, if I were going to spend $350, O would buy Logans less (reef breeders) and get that 2 year warranty.
     
  11. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    I sure would feel better on having a warranty on the lights, more so after what happen with the junk I got now. But I have to say I sure liked the way my SPS Corals were growing under the 250W MH.

    I am keeping my finger crossed on this lighting system that I should be getting around Wednesday. This system should be even better since the 2 150W MH lights will be on each side of the center brace.

    The one thing I liked the best about the unit is the words USA and I am hoping it means it an American made product, I tend to believe in that ::) as silly as it may sound.