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Old 09-15-2003, 02:52 PM   #1
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dimmer for Icecap 430 Ballast


Does anyone have any experience and any recommendations on a dimmer for this ballast? Thanks
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Old 09-15-2003, 05:27 PM   #2
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championlighting.com has a lighting controller that is compatible with the ICECap ... they advise that your icecap be a certain model, or be modified by icecap to support the dimmer.

http://www.championlighting.com/e/en...ers/solar.html

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Old 09-16-2003, 09:35 AM   #3
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Actually I checked them and then contacted the manufacturer that made the unit they sell (Solar brand). I was told that the dimmer they make will only work on a properly modified 660 ballast. They said that they have had problems with this working properly on a 430. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with any other dimmers that was compatible with the 430. Thanks for the feedback. 8)
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what does icecap say you need for a dimmer, is it low voltage or line voltage dimming?

I know some of the VHO ballasts (for office buildings / lecture halls) use a low-voltage control that puts out 0 to 10 volts DC through a simple rheostat to control the dimming. Other ballasts have 3-5 "legs" on their transformer, which you switch power to causing different light outputs.
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This is for VHO lighting. Actually all IceCap said was that the solar ones were the ones certified for use with their ballasts. Solar technical assistance is the one telling me that the 430 will not work with the dimmer. Do not know off hand if their product uses a low voltage relay with a rheostat or uses a differential power output control for the dimming. All I am able to verify (via e-mail) is that it would not work.
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