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Old 09-12-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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Hey everyone Im thinking of buying this lighting kit and wiring it myself. Is there anyone who knows how to wirer a magnetic ballast?

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What exactly is included in this "kit"?

Got a link for us to view?

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Hey everyone Im thinking of buying this lighting kit and wiring it myself. Is there anyone who knows how to wirer a magnetic ballast?
Growing something?
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Growing something?
He's growing some killer tea.

Most ballast have their wiring schematic on the label and/or in the instructions.
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He's growing some killer tea.

Most ballast have their wiring schematic on the label and/or in the instructions.
Is that what the kids are calling it now.
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Careful......you might get a buzz.
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Careful......you might get a buzz.
Not bad. Are you starting to lighten up? No pun intended.
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Haha yeah growing something! Thats what my girlfriend said when she saw me looking at it I dont need to grow. No its for lighting my fish aquarium. Everything is included with the kit. Here is the site so you guys can look at it. http://www.prolighting.com/15mehabakitq1.html
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Ummm that must be some aquarium to require a 175 watt metal halide fixture!! How big is it, anyways?

The link you provided was for a 150 watt unit, however. Those "kits" are for replacements in HID commercial and industrial fixtures, and I doubt it was meant for a small aquarium.

I think you might want to stick with a simple fluorescent fixture instead?
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It's not uncommon and required for a small/medium salt water reef.
I know a girl who runs 3-250 watt MH fixtures over her 150 gallon tank + florescents for the actinic lighting.
It's an expensive hobby.
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Yeah exactly its expensive thats why I saw this company and was like oh wow thats cheap! So any ideas I would like to know how to wire in please. 175w or 150w They must have the same wires. Tell me anything you know. I dont want to go out and buy one thats expensive. its a 50 gallon tank. HELP HELP HELP.
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I'm not sure how to wire it but it should come with a wiring diagram.
Make sure it will fire the bulb you want to use.
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At the site you included in your postings, they've a wiring diagram:
http://www.keystoneballast.com/techdocs/MH-150X-Q.pdf
This should help with what you are doing; if not post back, someone will likely help.
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You still need the fixture housing and socket assembly to use one of those "kits". That should be a UL listed luminaire, BTW.

It is a replacement ballast kit you are looking at, e.g) the "guts" of such luminaire.
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Thanks "Bob22 and Kbsparky" thanks very much.

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