Faulty ballast: 9 weeks in - I refuse to give up all my hardwork. I need to CFL FAST

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by JonTheBaptist, Feb 2, 2013.

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    JonTheBaptist

    JonTheBaptist Active Member

    I bought my Apollo Horticulture digital ballast in October and started my grow in November. Well today the ballast came on, running as usual - but the bulb refused to heat up past a faint glowing filament, occasionally flickering for a second then turning off. It does this every few minutes so I'm assuming the light is trying to turn on.

    I hope the good people at Apollo honor the 3 year warranty card I received with my order. I will update you all as to how they handle the return.

    My question is this: I have some CFL's and a CFL base plate. I just need to know what wiring I need to actually make this work. Also, I'm 4 weeks into flowering and my babies are looking good. If I theoretically get this up and running today (saturday) but they go without light for 12 hours, what will happen? Is my grow officially worthless? Please help.

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    JonTheBaptist

    JonTheBaptist Active Member

    I switched back to MH for the day. Lets see if the ballast will run throughout the day. Will the MH make my situation better or worse? Should I just let the plants languish in the dark? Will the MH confuse and stress the plants to death? Thanks for any help

    - J
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    robert030188

    robert030188 Well-Known Member

    You can use MH just keep your light schedule the same...they may get a lil taller bu thats it
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    TheOrganic

    TheOrganic Well-Known Member

    Could be your bulb also. Take a look at it close and see if there are any flaws.
    I just got 2 1000w replaced by Ipower because at socket it went black after 7months and had a melted hole were metal meets glass on bulb. Good luck.
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    applepoop1984

    applepoop1984 Well-Known Member


    that is not correct blue spectrum from mh will prevent stretching
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    Kush Killington

    Kush Killington Active Member

    You can flower just fine with MH. Buds will be a bit leavier and yield reduced, but buds will be sugary and tasty! Sacrificing quanity for quality.

    Sir KK

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