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Need advice on halide fixture.

Discussion in 'Lighting and Equipment' started by kchristensen8064, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    So do you have any recommendations on replacement ballasts? I found this exact one for around $150 but have seen a lot of others that would bolt into this fixture for about half that so I didn't know how much it mattered?
  2. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    The difference can be as large as driving nice CREE diodes with a cheap chines driver vs a Meanwell (or other high quality). It really can matter.

    Hamilton sells real m81 ballasts - they are external. You can see if you can find an older used light and scavenge parts... AquaMedic used to sell a lot of great 150w HQI fixtures back when their lights were world-class. I think that I have a 150w AquaSpaceLight in the bone pile if you want it... problem is that it is a 230v light made in Germany that does a rail voltage convert to work on 110v, so I have no idea if the ballasts and starters would work right in other fixtures

    There are some real m81 kits on eBay for $35. Dunno if they will fit.
  3. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'll look into those, I think as long as it's this style I can get it to mount into the fixture. RAL00108-2T.jpg I'm not necessarily looking for cheap but cost effective would be good to make salvaging the fixture worth it.

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