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Old 12-31-2003, 08:52 AM   #1
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Halide ballast Q

Sicne I am having a tough time with the PCs (cramming 10 on a bowfront) I am going halise with 3 55w PC actinic support. I also posted the same stuff I posted here for trade locally and I got a hit from a guy with a coupla 250W setups. However he says that the the ballast will only support a 6500K bulb. *scratches head* Will certain ballest not support a higher K temp of the same wattage? I am waiting on him to respond to my question of what type of ballests they are. Secondly, if this is true will 6500K be too yellow even with the actinic support? Anyone else run 6500Ks?

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Old 12-31-2003, 09:24 AM   #2
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Sounds like he's got a mercury vapor ballast running a 250w Iwasaki bulb. 6.5k will be more yellow than 10k of course, but it'll probably look ok with enough actinic. The Iwasaki is a popular setup.
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Old 12-31-2003, 11:19 AM   #3
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I think you've got it. He says he's running the Iwasaki. Won't run a 10K huh? Here's my situation. I can get a great deal on it and an even better deal on another blueline 250. Together I would have one lopsided looking tank. But I don't necissarily want to downgrade from the blueline. Hrmm. Basically I can get the Iwasaki for $35 complete minus reflector (which I have another anyway) and the blueline complete for 3 of my used actinic PC bulbs. Great deal, but how sould I even the lighting?
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