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1000 watt Bulb with 600 watt Digital Ballast? Could it Work?

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by kovo, Oct 2, 2010.


    kovo Active Member

    Anyone try it?

    squarepush3r Well-Known Member

    dont think it would start

    Spanishfly Well-Known Member

    I thought we ALL knew that the bulb must match the ballast.
    sunny747 and skunkwreck like this.

    jondamon Well-Known Member

    Those of us that take grow room safety into account do already know this.

    sunny747 likes this.

    TheOrganic Well-Known Member

    Thats not a good Idea there is a reason why they match ballast watt with bulb watt. If you have a 400w you can put a 430w in an hps ballast. Or Digital ballast where they have a 1000w max and dimmable to 600w and 400w with the 1000w bulb. But to put a 1000w into a 600w ballast, pry wont work or could blow up in your face or burn your house down if you left it running.

    g0dl1ke New Member

    Really, does that question even need to be asked???? its like saying would a fat bitch fit in a mini...........actually, i take that back, try it, see what happens.......lol

    TheOrganic Well-Known Member

    I know huh! Kovo DO NOT DO THAT its a bad idea man don't be that guy that's get caught growing cause he burned his house down or has to go the the ER!!
    Rolando Mendoza likes this.

    kovo Active Member

    Yeh I thort I might be able to get away with it.
    I don't feel like burning the house down il give it a miss.

    steelersfan420 Well-Known Member

    No no no no no no no

    freddyc Well-Known Member

    I do believe that some folks are talkin out their asses on this one...Variable output ballasts ie; 75%, 50% etc. A 1000 watt ballast driven at 50% = 500 watts...etc
    If anything the bulb would fail to strike. I have done it when the situation called for it. But if you do not have a sound understanding working with electricity then do not risk it....period.
    I took the ignitor out of a 600 hps magnetic to run a 1000 mh bulb in a pinch one time.
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    keepitcoastal Well-Known Member

    i know this is super old but i just wanted to clear some things up. theres tons of fail in this thread. you people diffidently dont understand electrical very well...

    anyway i run a 1000 watt bulb in a 600 watt ballast on my scrog for afew positive reasons!! just to clarify and make this make a little more sense to you guys that dont get it yet, just like how dimable ballasts allow you to run 50% (500W) 75%(750w) through a 1000w bulb you can also run the bulb just fine on a 600w ballast at 60% its maximum rating. the up sides to this are the 1000w bulbs are much much bigger so the light is more evenly dispersed in my hood and through the canopy, not only that but simple science and my own observations also say that the 1000w bulb on a 600w ballast runs cooler than a 600 watt bulb with a 600w ballast because the larger the object the better the heat is dispersed my setups runs 4 degrees cooler.... think about it from another simpler electrical stand point think about car amplifier and subs you have no problem running a 600watt amplifier on a 1200watt subwoofer because its under powering it! i also have theorys that the 1000w bulb with 600 watt ballast combo makes the bulbs last longer because there being used at practicly half energy so i dont think the filament will break down as fast.

    oh and the only reason that it wouldn't work for any reason what so ever would be because the bulb striker (a part of the ballast) might not be powerfull enough BUT i know for a fact and have seen multiple times at commercial lighting stores that the 600w/1000W use the same striker or at least can .

    just felt like i would clear alot of the bullshit up
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    209 Cali closet grower

    209 Cali closet grower Well-Known Member

    god damn it!I was thinking of doing that, but said no, now you say this will work???

    keepitcoastal Well-Known Member

    I promise you it will work I'm running the setup right now and I can see right in front of me that my tent is 2-4 degrees cooler and the fact that the bulb itself is so much larger and actually fits center in the hood unlike 400's and 600's which always sit on the side of the hood closest to the bulb socket just because there not long enough. The 1000w bulb should make for less of a hot spot. And although I can't prove it I think it's fair to say sense a little more than half the power is being out out the bulb and it's not being stressed or heated to its normal heat it should be all mean retain par lighting longer and just last longer in general

    Btw i love Atwater haha I used to go out there to race!

    Louisville79 Member

    I have an Apollo 600 watt dimmable ballast and I have A 1000 watt Luminex high pressure sodium bulb if I decide to use my Luminex thousand watt bulb with my 600 watt ballast should I still leave the dimmable setting on 100%?
    Last edited: May 3, 2015

    keepitcoastal Well-Known Member

    Yes it does work. No I do not recommend it due to change in spectrum. I have done it on a budget in the past but if you can afford to get the right bulb I highly recommend it

    sunny747 Well-Known Member

    Maybe it works, and maybe it runs cooler, but you would have to be able to test the spectrum. I feel that you are not getting the correct spectrum.
    neil jerrim

    neil jerrim New Member

    Your wrong a 1000watt bulb run via a600watt ballast will work but will work as a 600watt bulb

    ISK Well-Known Member

    did anyone actually say the 600 watt would 'work' as a 1000 watt....the question was would it work at all

    Really nice first post you made to criticize someone with a stupid comment, not to mention the person you quoted has been offline for 5 years, also "your" first posted word shows your lack of English skills, as it should have been "you're wrong"

    BTW: Welcome to RIU
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2015
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