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Old 11-28-2003, 11:18 AM   #21
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okay I think I get it thanks JustDIY, I am now looking for a soldering iron before I leave to go back to gainesville.
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Old 11-28-2003, 01:33 PM   #22
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Oh what about sockets.. should I get any in particular or just any that I can find at either lowes or Home Depot?
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:35 PM   #23
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I modified another one of your pictures.

If you get the Slyvania Quicktronic 2x32 ballast from Lowes (or the GE 232I from Home Depot)... that would give you 64 watts, pretty close to the 65 watts the bulb needs. or you try over driving the bulb with the 2x59 quicktronic and run the bulb at 120 watts.

either way, they all wire the same

you take the "HOT" leads (usually red or blue) and connect them all to one terminal of the socket and the "NEUTRAL" lead (usually yellow) and connect it to the other terminal on the socket...

then wire the ballast to the electrical supply via the black and white wires, and be sure to ground the ballast case using the green wire from your electrical cord.
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what about if I want to do two sockets/two bulb set up??
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Old 11-29-2003, 12:53 AM   #25
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well,

I'd recommend the sylvania quicktronic 4x32 or GE 432I ballast, each runs "four" bulbs at 32 watts each, so you would use two bulb wires for each LOA bulb you wanted to run, connected to each socket like in the previous picture.

or something like a fulham workhorse 7, which will drive the bulbs better as it's more powerfull than the sylvania or GE
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Old 11-29-2003, 01:28 AM   #26
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does lowes or HD have the workhorse? and if I were to get one how would I hook it up to the two different sockets, also should I get some specialized sockets or something or will any do? thanks!
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Old 11-29-2003, 01:48 AM   #27
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no, the only place I know that sells the fulham is reefgeek.com

the workhorse 7 has 4 red wires and 1 yellow wire. 2 red wires would go to each socket and then the yellow wire would go to one socket and then from there jump to the next socket.

from your picture of the LoA ballast, there is a black wire and a white wire going into that socket. so you'd connect the red workhorse wires to the black wire and the yellow workhorse wire to the white wire... use some wirenuts and ya don't have to solder!

as for sockets, just use the least expensive mogul base you can find... try to get ones with screw terminals, then you won't need to mess with wire nuts even.
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Old 11-29-2003, 02:08 AM   #28
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awesome JustDIY thanks a lot... I will prob do the ordering tomorrow, and get the sockets tomorrow to see how they can be placed under my hood. I am glad to know that I can get rid of the LoA ballast.. heck its almost like the real things people buy online.. I mean each LoA bulb is 12 bucks... not sure how much the workhorse 7 is, and sockets.. and voila a lighting system. Granted its prob not the most efficient lighting but either way I think 130 watts for 30 bucks plus the ballast isn't so bad... especially with each bulb being ony 12 bucks if it ever needed to be replaced!
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I couldn't find the ballast on reefgeek.com - how much is it.. and a WH7 will fire two of these bulbs right? If I go with the Lowes or HD method.. is there a ballast there that could even support two of these bulbs?
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Old 11-29-2003, 02:19 AM   #30
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whoa I found it at reefgeek.com and won't 120 watts EACH bub blow the bulbs up????? Should I keep each bulb at 65 watts or maybe a little bit higher.. but 120 watts each?? 8O

Shouldn't I get the WH5 for the two 65 watt bulbs? Or would that be no different from getting the quicktronic or GE ballast?
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