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Old 02-10-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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1st Pulse Start Metal Halide Ballast... Edited...

Finally got a hold of a warm body at the Manufacturer...

They say cap off the second white wire on the ignitor... "it doesn't need to go anywhere", without pointing out the inherent danger.

A comment from another forum pointed out that...

"NO!! The starter is on the secondary side of the ballast. You NEVER hook secondary to primary. That's a great way to inject 2500 volts into your house wiring."

So I'm hooked up for 240V... going to remove and cap the extra white wire from the ignitor.

A little tenuous at this point though...

Any way to check out the set up before taking it live, Multi-Meter maybe?

Other thoughts before mounting, hanging, and energizing?

The Schematic with the kit looks like this:

The Ignitor for the kit actually has TWO white wires, so I've wired it like this; the second White going to Neutral on the Cords Plug:

The Modified Schematic for further clarity:

Am I doing this correctly?


Last edited by unhhuh; 02-10-2011 at 04:00 PM. Reason: Serious Injury And/Or Death...
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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Before I can comment on this one can you run the ballast number and starter number and what wattage MH are you using ??

I look at the photo and it don't look quite right on this one.



The answer will be based on NEC ( National Electrical code ) or CEC ( Cananda Electrical code ) or ECF ( Electrique Code France )
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:42 AM   #3
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You do realize that the 2 white wires coming out of the ignitor are connected together in the ignitor, right?

and the 2 wires labeled "ballast com" are connected together at the winding, right?

the "spare" wires are merely to facilitate ease of connecting the thing to various points that are not close to each other.

I'm missing what "inherent danger" there is by treating the second white wire from the ignitor as you were directed to do by the manufacturer is.

There is no effective difference between your two drawings.
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