Just posting a follow up. Been having problems with my $250 ebay fixture and will probably return it if I can.
bulb that came with it stopped working after about 10 days. It would light up for about 20min to two hours then shut off. The seller said it was a bad bulb and would send me a new one (still waiting three weeks later...). I went out and bought a made in japan Phoenix 14000k 150w DE MH
bulb off Amazon for $45 and installed it. Worked fine for 10 days... today it will not light up. When I hit the switch on the ballast, about 3 seconds later the inner bulb glows for about 3 seconds and then goes out. I also tried the original bulb that came with it with the same results. WTF? Is this bulb bad too? Is the ballast making the bulbs go bad? Is the ballast bad (which is what I am thinking)?
Another issue is that two days ago one of the PC
actinic bulbs stopped working after exactly 1 month of running the fixture. I had noticed that it was dimmer, but thought they might be a 420 and a 460 actinic. Nope, just crap bulbs. I switched the bulbs around so I know it isn't the ballast... Again the guy promised to send me a new bulb, but after the MH
not working again today I think I am going to return the fixture. I don't think just bulbs will fix it and would need to drop $150 for another MH
ballast and $120 for new "good" bulbs. (maybe another $40 for a 2x96w PC
ballast when that dies). Still cheaper than buying a "name brand" fixture but not sure if it is worth it...