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01/28/2012, 05:38 PM
What happens if you put a 175 watt MH bulb in a 250 watt socket?

01/28/2012, 05:39 PM
I guessing you have a 250 ballast, if this is the case it will work but will shorten the life of the bulb

01/28/2012, 06:19 PM
The sockets for 175, 250, and 400 watt halides are the same so it will fit. A 250 watt ballast will greatly overdrive a 175 watt bulb, I'd be hesitant to do so. Atthe very least I will kill the bulb alot faster.

01/28/2012, 06:35 PM
I have a few 175 watt bulbs from a tank i sold. I was going to toss them buth thought if there will be no damage to my new 250 watt ballast i would keep them for emergency.