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General Electric 32 watt Halarc M-100 Ballast

General Electric 32 watt Halarc M-100 Ballast

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Here is a GE 32w Halarc PSMH ballast . I bought 2 of these from Ebay to run my 32 w Halarc lamps. These things are rather heavy so I'm guessing they're magnetic ???

Since the OCV is 1,500 VDC I plan on being VERY CAREFULL around the output leads on this little beast !!

UPDATE : This ballast is indeed magnetic! Unlike electronic ballasts , it hums when you put your ear to the case ! LOL!!

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Manufacturer:General Electric
Model Reference:HAL32/120 GE order code 18778
Lamp
Lamp Type:32w PSMH
Filament/Radiator Type:Arc-tube
Base:Medium
Shape/Finish:ED-17 coated
Service Life:10,000 hrs
Fixture
Ballast Type:M-100 Magnetic
Socket Type:-
Photocell Type:-
Arm Type:-
Location:my collection
Electrical
Wattage:32 w
Voltage:120v , 60 hz
Current:.400 amps
Physical/Production
Dimensions:9.5"L X 3 1/8"W X 1 7/8"T
Factory Location:USA
Fabrication Date:???? Any Ideas ?
Application/Use:lighting 32w Halarc lamps !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 07:07 PM Author: Wireman
Very nice! I'm certain that this ballast is from around 1992, give or take a year.
Where do you plan on using these lamps?
If there is anything I want to add to my collection next it would easily be these 32w Halarcs. I'd like to use them in recessed lights.

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Nov 21, 2020 at 07:29 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
These are probably gonna end up being used in my attached garage. These ballasts are relatively cheap and easy to find considering their "rarity" The seller accepted my $25 for the pair offer ($16.80 list) with free shipping!! . They still have a bunch more .
https://www.ebay.com/itm/GE-HAL32-120-18778-HID-Lamp-Ballast-for-MXR32-Metal-Halide-Lamp-120-V/302415506514

Thanks on the manufacture date . I figured these were somewhere in the 90's. There are 2 different codes on the ballast ,9704 on the label and 9510 stamped into the back cover .

There WAS a bunch of the lamps for sale on eBay but it appears someone bought all of them !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:01 PM Author: Wireman
Thanks for the link on the ballasts!
It's something I'll have to look into. As for the lamps I'll keep looking but I'm really surprised that somebody bought all of them on eBay.

Do you think it's possible possible to convert recessed cans to this type of lamp?

As for the date on the ballast just glad I could help!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:12 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
It appears 1 buyer bought them all ! Total of 17 lamps ! DOH ! I'm glad I bought those when I did . BTW , I did find some available through Atlanta Light Bulbs : https://www.atlantalightbulbs.com/light-bulbs/metal-halide-bulbs/metal-halide-protected-ed17p-medium-base/mxr32-c-vbu-o/ Others may pop up at some point . I'll keep an eye out .

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:27 PM Author: Wireman
Hmmmmm I think Ria and Sammi just recently raised a little hell about hoarding bulbs.

But thanks to your help looks like I might be able to get these long sought after lamps and ballasts afterall! Thanks Tim!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:39 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
No problem ! I just hope whoever got them all is actually gonna use them . If you want one for collection get ONE not all of them !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:46 PM Author: Wireman
I wouldn't be surprised if whoever bought them is just going to turn around and sell them for double or triple what they paid for them.

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:49 PM Author: Wireman
What kind of fixture will these be installed in in your garage?

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:50 PM Author: Lumex120

I wouldn't be surprised if whoever bought them is just going to turn around and sell them for double or triple what they paid for them.

I remember when that happened with some cheap medium pressure 400w mercury lamps... someone bought like 10 or 20 and relisted them at 4x the price.

Any machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.

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Nov 21, 2020 at 08:59 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
@ Wireman : I'm thinking of using some fixtures I made from ass't fixture parts that have nice open Holophane style glass on them similar to these : https://www.vintagehardware.com/proddetail.php?prod=0615G The ones I have I bought from a going out of business sale at a Sears Hardware years ago for something like 50c each.

@ Lumex120 : I hate when people do that !!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 09:07 PM Author: Wireman
I've seen shades very similar to the one in the link. Seems to me like you've got something very special in the works.

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Nov 21, 2020 at 09:15 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
Thanks ! I think it will be a wise idea for me to to add a pulse rated socket due to the voltage ratings of the ballast !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 10:19 PM Author: Wireman

Thanks ! I think it will be a wise idea for me to to add a pulse rated socket due to the voltage ratings of the ballast !

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Nov 21, 2020 at 10:22 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
I just thought about that one when you asked about the fixtures !!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 10:27 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
These are indeed magnetic !!

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Nov 21, 2020 at 10:41 PM Author: Wireman

I just thought about that one when you asked about the fixtures !!

Yeah! The same thought crossed my mind!

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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:30 AM Author: joseph_125
Interesting, I'd always thought the 32w Halarc ballasts were electronic. Anyway even the label says to use a pulse rated socket and surprisingly, 1000v rated wire.
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Nov 22, 2020 at 12:38 AM Author: wide-lite 1000
I don't understand why the OCV on this thing is 1,500 VDC , that's just nuts ! a 1000w MH ballast has an OCV of only 450v.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 02:58 AM Author: 589
its also rather large for the lamp its running.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 10:54 AM Author: wide-lite 1000
Well , yes and no . You gotta figure , there's a ballast , an ignitor and a capacitor all packed inside there.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 01:42 PM Author: rjluna2
The date on the ballast label seems to be April 1997 vintage

Could it also be October 1995 vintage for the ballast?

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 02:53 PM Author: joseph_125
The size seems quite reasonable to me considering that it's a magnetic ballast. I have a 50w MH F-can ballast and it's pretty hefty too. It's the same size as higher wattage HID F-can ballasts or a HO fluorescent ballast.

I guess 1500 VDC is the starting voltage as it seems like the running voltage is a much more reasonable 90 VDC.
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Nov 22, 2020 at 03:40 PM Author: Lumex120

I don't understand why the OCV on this thing is 1,500 VDC , that's just nuts ! a 1000w MH ballast has an OCV of only 450v.


I'd imagine the Halarc lamps are probably pulse start, in which case that's actually pretty low. If I remember correctly, "normal" PSMH ignitors have OCV ratings in the 4-6kv range.

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Nov 22, 2020 at 09:14 PM Author: wide-lite 1000
You are correct . From what I've seen the Multi-Vapor II became Halarc which then became Pulse Arc . All 3 are just different GE brand names for PSMH.

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Nov 23, 2020 at 12:52 AM Author: joseph_125
I think 4kV is standard for most PSMH and HPS lamps. The 1kW HPS uses a 5kV pulse and I think instant restike systems can have upwards of a 10kV pulse. Never actually seen a 10+kV pulse rated socket though, even a 5kV one for that matter.
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