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This died with to puff of smoke and it die in made a terrible sound and died.

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Aug 16, 2018 at 06:30 PM Author: streetlight98
Gee not really all that old. What kind of fixture was it in? If it was a highbay I can see why it died; they run extremely hot. I hate paper-isolated ballasts like this because the paper dries up and cooks from being so hot and then the layers if windings short out. The OEM ballasts such as GE or Cooper/Westinghouse ballasts with just varnish between the windings are many times better.

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Aug 17, 2018 at 03:28 PM Author: alexd120
It was in an old parking lot light along with eight others and I also have the fixtures. They're made by Kim Lighting.
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Aug 18, 2018 at 12:58 AM Author: funkybulb
if capicitor failed shorted it would loose it current regulation also. this can kill the ballast
too.

No LED gadgets, spins too slowly.  Gotta  love preheat and MV. let the lights keep my meter spinning.

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Aug 18, 2018 at 03:52 PM Author: streetlight98
Yeah capacitors are the weakest link of any ballast that has one. It can be hard to spot a defective plastic case dry film capacitor like this but an old oil filled metal case capacitor can show signs of failure like swelling or areas around the terminals that look wet but aren't (oil is beginning to leak). I've had to replace capacitors in a few of my lights, mostly vintage ones from the PCB era. The capacitors either lost farads (lamp took forever to warm up and didn't seem full brightness) or just didn't look quite right. Always best to veer on the side of caution with capacitors, especially PCB ones. Capacitors can make a mess when the fail and the PCB ones have cancerous oil, though you aren't going to be harmed from a one-time exposure. Also though like funkybulb said, bad capacitors can take the ballast out with it when they fail, another bad thing about capacitors.

Personally I like ballasts that don't use capacitors (or if there is a capacitor, it's solely for PFC and is wired across the mains, not integrated into the ballast circuitry, as this means a bad capacitor won't destroy the ballast. However, it's a good idea to fuse HIDs with a PFC capacitor since if it ever fails as a dead short you now have a short circuit from hot to neutral. Depending how many feet of wire between the light and the breaker (and what gauge wire) a decent amount of damage can be done before the breaker pops.

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Aug 18, 2018 at 05:38 PM Author: sol
I have some HX-HPF ballast kits (M98) that have the capacitor loose in the box, with instructions on how to wire it up. Seems like it is across the mains, but with some internally connected CAP wires. I have tried them without, which would mean essentially a HX-NPF ballast, and it seems to work quite well. It gets quite hot, but that is what magnetic ballasts can do. I will have to post a picture sometime. I don't think a couple of those used in a residential application will matter that much to the utility.

I had one outside go bad, it failed open circuit. I still have it and its ballast, it belongs to a H39-only ballast. The lamp was getting gradually dimmer and then refused to light one night. I replaced it with a H39/M57 ballast which had a different value capacitor, so I didn't try to mix and match.
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Aug 19, 2018 at 09:29 AM Author: joseph_125
I believe Venture ballasts still have only varnish between the windings like a OEM ballast. The ones I installed in my M-250R and R47 were both like that. I think the older Magnetek era Universal HID ballasts were like that too.

About half of my streetlights are fused. My M-250R came with the fuse block already installed and I fitted a fuse block in my R47 and B2225. I've fused my 50w MV ballast box too since I often use it to run my gumballs. I used a glass inline fuse holder for that one.
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Aug 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM Author: streetlight98
I don't think any of my street lights are fused though I have several in-line 10A fuses that attach to the hot wire going up the arm. So if I installed any of my lights in the future I could install the fuse between the triplex and the mast arm, where the wiring loops between them.

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Aug 19, 2018 at 10:53 AM Author: alexd120
I was right next to it when it happened.
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