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Old 01-28-2003, 10:54 PM   #11
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I wonder if the ballasts being in the hood will complicate the heat issue? I've never used MH, but I'm guessing the ballasts get pretty hot. If it does cause a heat problem, is the unit designed in such a way that the ballasts could be removed from the hood and remote mounted? I know...I'm such a cynic. Did I mention that the sky is probably going to fall tomorrow?
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I prefer the ballasts to be in a separate enclosure. I don't like the extra weight in the hood. Regular core&coil MH ballasts get hot enough to fry eggs so you don't want them in your hood. Electronic HQI ballast should be lighter and cooler but I still wouldn't want them in my hood. If you don't have room for a remote enclosure then I guess you don't have a choice. Ballasts that close to a tub of SW sounds like a bad idea. I would worry more about corrosion than heat although if that's how they are designed it's probably OK.
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Old 01-29-2003, 02:05 PM   #13
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I am going on the premise that these folks, aqualine buschke, have a very high reputation for quality. On that note, I am hoping they know what they are doing.

I have read, on other boards, that people that own this system are quite pleased with it and have not mentioned a heat issue.

Time will tell.

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