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What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « on: June 30, 2021, 12:22:21 AM » Author: WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA
Feel free to show pictures of the rarest ballasts in your collections and explain how you got them.

The picture depicted below is of my Jefferson Electric 400w H33 HX HPF mercury vapor ballast for 120v 60hz mains supplies. I got it off eBay.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #1 on: June 30, 2021, 02:53:04 AM » Author: wide-lite 1000
My 700w H-35 Ballast in my OV-50 : https://www.lighting-gallery.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5203&pos=66&pid=157879 
 I got it and 2 early GE M-400's from a car wash here in town .
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #2 on: June 30, 2021, 12:23:32 PM » Author: Lumex120
I have 2 Advance 50w mercury vapor HX ballasts.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #3 on: June 30, 2021, 02:22:49 PM » Author: joseph_125
HID would probably be my 50w HX mercury ballast.

Fluorescent would be my Knobel 65w SRS ballasts, imported by Ardco for North American use on 240v 60hz refrigerator lighting circuits and rerated by Ardco for F48 and F60 HO lamps.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #4 on: July 01, 2021, 05:39:53 PM » Author: monkeyface
A reactor ballast for MV lamps of 50W, 80W and 125W all in one by just changing the tap. There is another much older type I have which is either for MV 125W, 185 or 250W.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #5 on: July 01, 2021, 06:29:49 PM » Author: sox35
A reactor ballast for MV lamps of 50W, 80W and 125W all in one by just changing the tap. There is another much older type I have which is either for MV 125W, 185 or 250W.
Hmmm, that would be good. I've got a dual 80/125W one but the addition of 50W would be useful.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #6 on: July 01, 2021, 07:12:22 PM » Author: Bulbman256
A reactor ballast for MV lamps of 50W, 80W and 125W all in one by just changing the tap. There is another much older type I have which is either for MV 125W, 185 or 250W.

Excuse me, but 185w lamps? whaaaaaaaaatttttt. :poof: :o :wndr:
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #7 on: July 02, 2021, 12:54:48 AM » Author: monkeyface
Excuse me, but 185w lamps? whaaaaaaaaatttttt. :poof: :o :wndr:

Yes 185W not 175W.  :)
To be honest I’ve never seen a bulb having this wattage but I assume it once existed here in Switzerland (made by MEDA?) for a very brief time. There are still some ballasts around and lanterns indicating this wattage.
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #8 on: July 02, 2021, 11:16:51 AM » Author: Bulbman256
Yes 185W not 175W.  :)
To be honest I’ve never seen a bulb having this wattage but I assume it once existed here in Switzerland (made by MEDA?) for a very brief time. There are still some ballasts around and lanterns indicating this wattage.

That's just out there man, wonder how good that would be at running a 175w. :wndr:
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 08:21:54 PM » Author: funkybulb
Too many rate ballast to list

  1000 watt 8 amp 60Hz VS mercury vapor choke

   75 watt  mercury post top sola ballast
 
   Ardco SRS ballast from reach in coolers
 
   80 watt 60 Hz 800 MA VS choke to run 80 watt MV
 
   NOS  Westinghouse 400 watt CWA ballast kit for OV25

   1000 watt H36 or H35 700 watt Jefferson mercury ballast
    480 V

   

 
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #10 on: July 16, 2021, 12:24:23 AM » Author: wide-lite 1000
Cool ! Do you have any photos of the H35/36 ballast ?
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #11 on: July 16, 2021, 06:40:36 AM » Author: funkybulb
 I will post it in the gallery
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Re: What is the rarest ballast in your collection? « Reply #12 on: July 17, 2021, 12:10:55 AM » Author: wide-lite 1000
Thanks !
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