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James11
07/27/2006, 02:30 PM
Which ballast would be better to get for 250W MH SE.
Ice Cap 250W electronic
ARO 250W
Or any other brand that may be good.

poedag
07/27/2006, 02:45 PM
i have only had one of the aformentioned ballasts, but i really like my icecap. i don't really haveto worry about which bulbs to get and it should help keep electricity costs down in the long run. i also run mine on a 250w DE ushio 20k, fyi

James11
07/27/2006, 03:02 PM
I've been looking around at the ice cap, that is what I have now, but it is 220V and I wanna get one that is not. Where did you buy yours from poedag?

poedag
07/27/2006, 03:17 PM
good old marine depot. they are reasonably priced and ship fast/without hassle. i have ordered from them 5-6 times without even a hint of a problem. the only thing i reccomend is getting the PFO ballast box (cheaper than the icecap, still fits fine) to help act as a heat sink. hope that helps.

phishlet
07/27/2006, 07:08 PM
PFO HQI ballasts are my 250 watt ballast of choice. Overdrives many SE lamps which means more intensity and PAR. If you like more blue lamps the Radium requires and HQI to fire and they look amazing. I've never had a lamp not fire on my PFO HQI's and I've used XM, Coralvue (all generations of their lamps including Reeflux), SPS, Aquaconnect, AB, Ushio and others.