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Old 03-01-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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I was wondering where is the best place to mount my ballasts. I have three 250W ballast that I need to put somewhere for my new lights. Any suggestions?

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I only have VHO`s but I put mine on a piece of board and attached a light switch to the board also.

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Mount them outside of the canopy. Most ballasts have a max "permissible" length of wire that you can use to connect your lights to it. If that length is long enough, I would mount the ballast inside my cabinet, near the top in a dry location (run the wires inside flexible conduit). <Perhaps on a movable board/case for easy removal during maintenance.>

External (to the fixture) ballasts means they are not exposed to moisture or heat inside the canopy, prolonging life. Also, not having the ballasts in there makes moving the canopy easier.
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