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GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « on: September 15, 2022, 10:02:04 AM » Author: HIDLad001
I am thinking about getting a GE Solaris streetlight meant for the European market. I cannot afford a high-wattage DC power supply and pure sine wave inverter, so instead I will be running it on a step up transformer or a 240V outlet. Would it be possible to run this streetlight meant for 230V 50Hz on 240V 60Hz power, or would it damage anything?
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #1 on: September 15, 2022, 10:09:38 AM » Author: WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA
If the lantern uses a simple series choke ballast, your best bet would be to get a 120v to 277v step up transformer because if you run a 220v-240v 50hz ballast on 240v 60hz, the lamp would be underdriven quite a bit and running it on 277v 60hz mains would compensate for that difference. In addition, another option is to swap the ballast with a North American ballast intended for 120v 60hz mains.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #2 on: September 15, 2022, 10:41:40 AM » Author: HPSM250R2
You could always just remote ballast the fixture.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #3 on: September 15, 2022, 10:43:34 AM » Author: WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA
It is good to know that you can use a North American 70w M98 pulse start metal halide ballast to run a European 70w high pressure sodium lamp.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #4 on: September 15, 2022, 10:53:09 AM » Author: HIDLad001
It is 150w.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #5 on: September 15, 2022, 01:10:03 PM » Author: Medved
So the corresponding US 150W pulse start MH ballast...
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #6 on: September 15, 2022, 01:14:31 PM » Author: HIDLad001
So a European HPS lamp has the starting characteristics of a US PSMH? Also, a US auto-transformer ballast probably wouldn't fit.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #7 on: September 15, 2022, 02:59:31 PM » Author: WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA
It will need to be remotely ballasted if that is the case.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #8 on: September 15, 2022, 03:46:27 PM » Author: HIDLad001
Remote ballasting would be a good idea, because in addition to running HPS and MH lamps, I would also be able to run household incandescent, compact fluorescent, or *gasp* LEDs.  :eoled:
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #9 on: September 15, 2022, 03:52:54 PM » Author: WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA
In addition, a North American 150w S56 high pressure sodium ballast should also be able to run European 150w high pressure sodium lamps very well too because North American 150w S56 high pressure sodium lamps are electrically identical to European 150w high pressure sodium lamps. However, the more common North American 150w S55 high pressure sodium ballasts will have problems running European 150w high pressure sodium lamps because those lamps have a much lower arc voltage drop compared to European high pressure sodium lamps and they run at a higher current than European high pressure sodium lamps. Because of this, the inadequate OCV of North American 150w S55 high pressure sodium lamps will cause European 150w high pressure sodium lamps to cycle indefinitely.
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Re: GE Solaris European streetlight on US power? « Reply #10 on: September 15, 2022, 05:26:32 PM » Author: HIDLad001
I will just use a 150w PSMH ballast, because I don't want to mix up the S55 and S56 ballasts.
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