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Old 12-26-2007, 07:01 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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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.

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

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Old 12-26-2007, 04:19 PM   #4
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I always see the kids at Home Depot asking for Metal Halide lamps
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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This is a joke, right?
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Old 12-26-2007, 05:20 PM   #6
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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.
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Burn one for the DIY forum, DemonDope. Let us know how the little guys grow.

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You can call the DEA to ask them about wiring large grow lamps.
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Ain't nothing going to grow till we get the light wired......
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Dude, where's my ballast?


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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?
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Maybe it is 'mater plants he is wanting to start.
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Twist one up for me. Hey guys, how bout getting this guy some help......LOL

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