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Old 03-12-2005, 08:42 AM   #11
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Did anyone end up trying this stuff out?

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:51 PM   #12
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Got it all hooked up and powered up tonight. Looks like its gonna work GREAT!

Total costs - ballast $31.5
sheet of metal $4.95
mogul socket $16.95
total I paid $53.30

everything else including the bulb i already had, but figure another 80 bucks for the wire, bulb and plexiglass. So total if you were to do this from scratch would have been approximtly $140. Not bad for a 175 watt addition.

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Old 03-16-2005, 11:52 PM   #13
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Quick question about these ballasts....

Hellolights carries an equivalent model (specs/price)


They also carry an equivalent ballast (electronic instead of magnetic) for $50 more.

The electronic ballasts supposedly put out less heat and are more efficient; but are they worth the extra 50 bucks?
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I talked to this guy on the phone and he said that him and his friend have been running this DIY setup for 2 years now and that everything is great. I am going to drive to where he lives and buy some frags, and he is going to give me all the pulsating xenia I want for free!! :P

I will check it out when I am up there and report back..

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