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Interesting Gear box that operates 2x 175w MH and 2x F96T12HO

Interesting Gear box that operates 2x 175w MH and 2x F96T12HO

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Two of these on the shelf at electrical distributor, new in box. No info whatsoever on box (just a cardboard box filled with packing peanuts). I bought one as they were only $75 ea.. Upon opening the housing I found two Advance 71A5500's and Advance R-2S110-TP ballast. There is a UL sticker on housing, but that's it. No mfg info. Any guesses as to what this remote gear would be used for??? All three ballast's outputs are wired to two DSMT 6-pin connectors. Both halides on one connector, the other for the 6 HO T12 output leads

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Mar 02, 2016 at 04:19 PM Author: BlueHalide
Guys at electrical desk thought these are for an illuminated sign, but weren't totally sure. Apparently have been in inventory since 2004
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Mar 02, 2016 at 05:38 PM Author: xelareverse
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Mar 02, 2016 at 06:40 PM Author: Globe Collector
Bit of a "spagetti factory" in there! A few cable ties would not go amiss!

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Mar 02, 2016 at 06:52 PM Author: BlueHalide
Ha! yeah very messy, I actually don't plan on using this complete assembly though, as this appears to be a custom made enclosure for a particular application. Those DSMT connectors are also custom (I cannot find them anywhere online). Im just gonna remove the ballasts and use them for other projects. This thing must feed a single fixture that contains both the MH and T12 lamps, as the only grounding is through the MH connector. The T12 HO connector has no ground wire as all 6 pins are used for the 6 output leads. Ide like to know what this was used for, I cant think of one application that uses both 8' fluorescent and 175w MH
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Mar 02, 2016 at 07:30 PM Author: Globe Collector
That's the way! It obviously was made for a specific purpose but it is good to see you "re-purposing" it for your own ends...."Waste-not, want-not"!

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Mar 02, 2016 at 08:12 PM Author: BlueHalide
I wonder why Advance makes so many different M57 ballasts (core/coil kits), the type used here (71A5500) was apparently discontinued in 2007. Nothing special though, just a standard CWA HPF M57 ballast. Philips Advance has at least 6 other M57 ballasts (four of which same CWA type) all with different product codes. And from the spec sheets, the only difference I see is quad and 5-tap input, but 3 of them are quad tap
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Mar 02, 2016 at 08:18 PM Author: BlueHalide
Now that I know that all three ballasts in these things have been discontinued for years, im gonna buy that second one they had, and see if I can get any more info on them. You know its been sitting in the warehouse forever when nobody knows what its for, how they got it, or who even made it. "5/7/04" was just written on the box with sharpie.
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Mar 02, 2016 at 09:01 PM Author: xelareverse
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Mar 02, 2016 at 10:06 PM Author: nicksfans
Maybe it's for some sort of grow light or aquarium light?

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Mar 02, 2016 at 10:52 PM Author: xmaslightguy
If that was a VHO ballast instead of HO, I'd say "aquarium light", because I've seen aquarium fixtures with just that setup: 2 MH lamps (for bright white light), and a pair of VHO Actinic-03 (for the needed Blue/UV)

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I bet this gearbox gets blazing hot with these 3 ballasts close together like that.

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Try google'ing the numbers on the UL sticker. that might get you a manufacturer name...

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Mar 02, 2016 at 11:36 PM Author: BlueHalide
I too immediately thought grow/aquarium lighting system, but this came from a regular commercial electrical distributor, also the power cords have just hardwired stripped ends, no plugs. Also as you've said xmaslightguy I cant say I ever seen an F96T12HO in an "aquarium" spectrum. I tried googling the UL listing number and all I get is a Conair blow dryer Obviously the company that made this, no longer does as everything in it is either obsolete or custom made.
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Jul 13, 2016 at 06:34 AM Author: LampLover
I also think this is for lighting a sign and or building of some sort
Maybe a back lit sign and two up lights for a tree or building feature or even a flag pole
but your and everybody's guess is as good as mine

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Jul 13, 2016 at 08:11 PM Author: nicksfans
I have seen gas station signs with a pair of MH/MV lamps for the top section. Maybe it was intended for use in a sign with a section like that plus a lower marquee section with 96HOs.

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Jul 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM Author: BlueHalide
Thats all I can think of, I too have seen electric signs that use both fluorescent and HID. However the ballasts are almost always mounted inside the sign itself usually alongside the lamps. I cant say ive ever seen a remote ballast box with 120v power cords and custom connectors for such an application before though.
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