400w HPS??

shuggy4105

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Hey folks,how goes?
have a bit of a problem(i think)with my new HPS lamp n` ballast,
i would like to know if it`s normal or not,for the ballast to get hot after the usual 12 hrs cycle,it`s so hot that it`s very warm to the touch n` almost "hard to handle".
if anyone has any ideas about this problem,i would love to hear them?
cheers.
 

frankpeterson

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the 400 hps we use gets hot. Hot enough it's not recommended that it sit on carpet. We have a wooden box that it sits on top of, but yes it gets hot, but not cook an egg hot and not burning your skin hot, about a hot chocolate that's been sitting for 20 minutes hot.:) Just put it on something for safety. Good luck.
 

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If you're talking about the ballast, I keep a small fan blowing on mine when it's on to disperse some of the heat.
Seems to work well, even during the summer.
 

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If you are a ''safe'' person, that won't hit things or pour water on them and everything.... all u need to do is open the metal box... it'll prop open on itself... it'll drop the ballasts temperature pretty decent... either that or get out the hole saw and get a computer fan on the ole thing.
 
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i slightly melted one of my sprayers with my ballast :p it still works, just flat on one side where its buckled under the heat.

we keep our ballast on a wooden chair :)
 

shuggy4105

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KADE said:
If you are a ''safe'' person, that won't hit things or pour water on them and everything.... all u need to do is open the metal box... it'll prop open on itself... it'll drop the ballasts temperature pretty decent... either that or get out the hole saw and get a computer fan on the ole thing.
The ballast i have is an HPS/MH conversion, i.e it can take both bulbs.
However, it`s not metal or sure doesn`t look or feel metal. it`s more hardened plastic:confused: , maybe it is metal but has a protective covering on it.
you heard of these ones Kade?:ccc: :confused: :confused: :ccc:
 

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