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demondope 12-26-2007 06:01 AM

trouble fitting 4 wires into three
 
i have recently baught myself a 400w grow lamp from germany thinking i could just plug into my volt converter and away i go, but the 2 pin plug is seperate from the rest of the lamp. my trouble is that there are 4 wires coming from the lamp (2 brown 1 blue and 1 black) and three wires coming from the plug (1 brown 1 blue and 1 green) i was wondering if any one had any information on how 2 connect them together without frying any components. ive been scratching my head 4 a week now, but to no avail.
thankyou 4 listening

bigredc 12-26-2007 11:32 AM

ballast
 
There is usually a schematic on the ballast. See if you can post a picture, or draw what you see. If it's not on the ballast there should be some paperwork. If not maybe you can download the schematic on line.

Irishking23 12-26-2007 11:55 AM

DemonDope, what are you trying to grow with those powerful lamps?

220/221 12-26-2007 03:19 PM

I always see the kids at Home Depot asking for Metal Halide lamps :whistling2:

Andy in ATL 12-26-2007 03:58 PM

This is a joke, right?:huh:

Stubbie 12-26-2007 04:20 PM

I'm sorry could you provide more details such as you are in the USA and have purchased a german made 400 watt lighting system to be used on American voltages? You mention a voltage converter? Are you sure this isn't the remote ballast? My guess also that this is a single bulb HPS 400 watt grow light?
It could be a switchable ballast which is why it has the black wire but it is hard to say.
The plug with those wiring colors would be a schuko plug like this...... brown is hot, blue is neutral and green is earth.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ewirable_2.jpg

Andy in ATL 12-26-2007 04:46 PM

Burn one for the DIY forum, DemonDope. Let us know how the little guys grow.:laughing:

Andy

Irishking23 12-26-2007 05:17 PM

You can call the DEA to ask them about wiring large grow lamps.

Stubbie 12-26-2007 06:00 PM

Ain't nothing going to grow till we get the light wired......:)

220/221 12-26-2007 06:09 PM

Dude, where's my ballast?:laughing:


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i was wondering if any one had any information on how 2 connect them together without frying any components
Components = brain cells?

Andy in ATL 12-26-2007 06:24 PM

Maybe it is 'mater plants he is wanting to start.:whistling2:

J. V. 12-28-2007 11:58 AM

Twist one up for me. Hey guys, how bout getting this guy some help......LOL


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