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Old 01/02/2018, 10:11 PM   #1
Western_reefer
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HELP! Need lighting advice

Hey everyone, my 250 w galaxy ballast just pooped out after 5 years of use and i currently have no lighting over my tank and i need to buy a new ballast ASAP, seems like most of the good nice brands of MH ballast don't exist anymore.. what's a really good brand of 250 w ballast out there to run a single ended 20K 250w Radium bulb? Seems like the only MH ballast that most stores sell/offer are Reef Brite and Luxcore??? Please help!


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Old 01/03/2018, 03:07 PM   #2
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Look for an icecap ballast. I've had them running on my reef tank without issue for over 10 years. I run SE, Radium bulb, 20k, 250W just like you do.
Try ebay, they're normally available.


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20K SE Radium bulb has M80 for a spec ballast, not electronic. I would call Hamilton - they have them. Electronic will work fine if that is what you want, but the output is lower and the color is a tad more blue.


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Old 01/03/2018, 03:40 PM   #4
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20K SE Radium bulb has M80 for a spec ballast, not electronic. I would call Hamilton - they have them. Electronic will work fine if that is what you want, but the output is lower and the color is a tad more blue.

Should have mentioned this, yes, true. I don't mind the bluer hue. They run like champs.


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Old 01/04/2018, 08:48 AM   #5
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Luxcore ballasts are good. You have the hqi option as well.


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