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A suggestion realization

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When I made my (ugly) grow light from wood, I mounted the ballasts directly on the wood, and one viewer advised me to put in a spacer beneath the ballasts so air could circulate and cool the ballast more effectively. I thought that was a great idea and I realized it. I had these hexagon shaped metal extensions for circuit boards spacing and I used them to equally space the ballasts from the wooden board.

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Jan 22, 2019 at 08:23 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Yep.. a space underneath like that is perfect.
You might want to spread the ballasts out instead of having all 3 right beside eachother (depending on how hot they get)

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Jan 23, 2019 at 02:16 AM Author: vytautas_lamps

Yep.. a space underneath like that is perfect.
You might want to spread the ballasts out instead of having all 3 right beside eachother (depending on how hot they get)

The three ballasts that are in a bunch like that are made by WS (Wossloh schwabe) and they are quality french made ballasts with good inductance and efficiant heat loss so they don't get hot. Yesterday i was testing the light and i left it on for 2 hours, and after that all three big ballasts were warm to the touch, not hot at all. While the other two amaller ballasts are chinese crap so they get very hot quet quickly so i will probably change them to WS ballasts, as soon as my home center restocks them.

New lighting technologies is a pity fest everywhere you look. From LEDs that last only for two months, to a never-ending global starvation of t8 fluorescent tubes.
We shall reinforce ourselves with good old full mercury t12s and HIDs made to surpass one's life, and give them all the middle finger ;

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Jan 23, 2019 at 11:37 AM Author: Powergroove
VS Vossloh Schwabe.

Keep government out of the lighting industry.

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Jan 25, 2019 at 09:16 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Nice that the VS ones don't get hot, that's how a properly made ballast should be
Not surprised about the smaller cheap ones

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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