That makes sense T12's I thought you were saying that he had 60" T5's.reefaddict said:gobi,
e. this same person had done something similar with normal output t-12 bulbs a few years ago. he also talked about going to icecap before trying any of this to make sure he wasn't going to destroy a 660. i was just wondering if anyone else saw that article.
Any chance you could give me a link for the ICECAP 3000 technical info? I couldn't find anything on the ICECAP website.gobie said:I agree with scooter on this. but the best way to find out info upon what your ballast can do is to contact the mfg. if they tell you it is ok than often times if somethings happens they will usually replace it. just make sure you cover your basis first. ice cap makes the perfect ballast for that application which is the 3000 series.
Incorrect, the IC 660 will deliver 420w depending on how it is wired, when you over drive normally your pushing a bulb to the upper design limits at some point the bulb will reach a flood point & burn out prematurely or cause damage, this is easily done with a regular iron ballast, not so by design of an electronic ballast. Obviously he wired these things not accordance to the design of the ballast. If the bulbs were wired according to the design it won't over drive the bulb, I talked to Andy about using T5's over a year ago, at this time they may be able to drive more bulbs because he told me they still was in the testing stage. Now with that said, no way even over driven can he honestly say that his fluorescent bulbs out perform a mh, something is not being disclosed, I ask Again, what devices is he using to test this to make such a statement, we can pull in a few more experts if needed, but I suspect your misreading the article or something is being left out. I will post this web page with some great information, if you wish to read it. I canâ€™t argue without having all of the information, it is pointless, even more so when people donâ€™t even bother reading the Entire thread.reefaddict said:gobie, are you saying that powering the lamp with a 80 watt ballast wont make it burn brighter? . according to the author that is exactly what"overdriving" the bulb does.