Who Makes the Best Digital Ballast?

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by MacGuyver4.2.0, Feb 16, 2010.

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    Josh1r

    Josh1r Member

    I was going to say check out the 1000w solis tek digital dimmable ballast but 420hydro & Pj beat me to it by a few days :D
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    yadidimean14

    yadidimean14 Member

    i got a 600w lumateck and i have no problems with it.
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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    You don't see many references to the MicroMole. Only one place sells it. not many forum reviews, but it sure seems solid. The Solis-Tek looks sweet also. Seems like Solis-Tek and MicroMole might be a cut above Quantum and Lumatek.
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    Bbobbi

    Bbobbi Member

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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    Some of these off-brands are simply private labels of some other ballast. They scare me.
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    Samwell Seed Well

    Samwell Seed Well Well-Known Member

    THE BEST

    [video=youtube;Uw3dlCBxEVY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw3dlCBxEVY[/video]

    OF THE BEST
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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    ... What does that mean?
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    Dennis Rodman

    Dennis Rodman Active Member

    HYDROFARM PHANTOMS FOR ME.

    dimmable at 60/75/100 and run super cool.
    they can be vertically wallmounted.
    have a sweet handle.
    run very cool.

    quantums are good too, but i dont like the built in fan.
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    onegreenday

    onegreenday Active Member

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    Hotwired

    Hotwired Well-Known Member

    My digital Infinity 1000 watters (brand name is now Galaxy) have lasted for 4 years now and are still going strong. My digital Galaxy 600 watters are going strong for 3 years now. They have worked very well for me.
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    dougoly

    dougoly Active Member

    I inherited my digital galaxy 600w from my dad after 5 years of use and an still growing strong with it.
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    smokingrubber

    smokingrubber Well-Known Member

    Lumatek 1000s (8 of them) all going great for 3+ years.
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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    do you ever operate them in a dim mode? Or are yours before that feature came around?
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    smokingrubber

    smokingrubber Well-Known Member

    Mine are all dimmable, but no I've never changed the settings. Honestly... I'm scared, and they work great, so why shake the cage?

    I take that back ... I ran two of them at 750 watts for 1 day once. I thought they were starting to burn a section, but the distance was fine so I added some Magnezium and turned the lights back up the next day. I would never change the settings while the bulb is lit. Other than that, always at 1000 watts.
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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. I've become a real skeptic of the whole dimability value.
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    smokingrubber

    smokingrubber Well-Known Member

    Dimmable ballasts represent the most current technology. When you're spending top dollar, you definately want the lastest technology imo.
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    RawBudzski

    RawBudzski Well-Known Member

    I have been running my two lumateks 600w dimmable ballests for about 2 years 24/7. On all day everyday, w/ a small fan blowing on them. I keep them dusted off well cause depending on the area.. they can get covered in dust & its a bitch to clean. You need pipecleaners & crap.

    Only DOWNSIDE TO DIMMABLE BALLESTS :: o_O Don't forget to make sure your switch is on 600watts.. for an entire grow I had 1 of my lights on 360watts. -_- I was wondering why my plants were smaller than usual.
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    Hotwired

    Hotwired Well-Known Member

    I like the newer 3 way ballasts. No more having to buy separate digital ballasts anymore.
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    Rrog

    Rrog Well-Known Member

    What is an example of a three way ballast?
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    Hotwired

    Hotwired Well-Known Member

    The ones that do the 3 most basic wattages - 400, 600 and 1000

    I guess you can call them "dimmable" but they are really a digital switch type ballast. Here is a link:

    http://www.sunlightsupply.com/p-11884-galaxy-select-a-watt-electronic-ballasts.aspx

    Just wanted to clarify that these ballasts will let you use all 3 types of bulbs (400, 600 and 1000), OR 1 bulb that is the highest wattage for that particular ballast. For example using a 1000 watt bulb and dimming it to 600 or 400.

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