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Old 03-08-2004, 04:06 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if a ballast gets too hot will it cause the lights not to work. I have the ballast out in the open (so its not enclosed) but I don't have a fan on it. Could it still get too hot to function. I know ballasts get really hot, which this one is, but to me it's not getting any hotter than the other ballast I have and that one works fine. Both ballasts are brand new. It is part of a DIY lighting project that I put together. TIA
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Found the answer for myself....I just propped the ballast up on some blocks of wood and presto, they started working again and seem to be doing fine. yay
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Sounds like you should rewire them, if you move it and it fires up....there is probably a loose connection somewhere.
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Most electronic ballasts have a high temp limit switch that is supposed to trip the ballast if it gets too hot. If it's getting hotter than the other identical ballast, I would suspect something is causing it as Kevin said. The ballast, if mounted in the open, should not need a fan and should not get hot enough to trip the limit switch.
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I have a PC ballast and a 175 watt MH ballast and neither gets that hot.
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