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Old 03-01-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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OK, Currently on my setup I am using halogen lights 150 watts battery powered through a 1000 watt inverter. It actually works fine. However, I am about to rig a much nicer boat with a bigger platform and am thinking about using my 1000 watt honda generator. So my question is should I go to these high pressure sodium lights. any other ideas for lights???
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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If ya can afford the HPS go fer'em,I have one metal halide 75watt in my backyard and its super bright.I need to see if a power inverter would run it.I prefer the MH vs the HPS simply because of the color.I like white better than yellow.

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I know that metal vapor and metal halide are white lights. the HPS have a yellow tint and apparently thats what many people like that flounder or bowfish in murky areaw. I just didn't know how the HPS lights performed in clear water.
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I have a HID and regular spotlights,and I really like the HID better,But I dont run into murky water much,and if I do I move...For me I can see better with white light.JMO
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Go with the HPS lights. I have 4 150's on mine and they work great in clear water as well as muddy. The problem with the white light is that they tend to reflect off of any particulate thats in the water. I started out running 4 300 watt halogens and there is no comparison between them and the HPS. They run cooler(housing cool to the touch) and produce twice as much light using half the amps.
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Thanks five prongs...thats what I'm looking for. Now where is the best place to buy them and if I go with the same 4 150'S like you have will a 1000 watt power inverter or 1000 watt honda gen run them easily and be the best setup.
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LED's used underwater are amazing. Low power draw and some really crisp light. You can tend to have some glare from particulate in the water but what an amazing bit of clarity you have in decent water.
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Thanks five prongs...thats what I'm looking for. Now where is the best place to buy them and if I go with the same 4 150'S like you have will a 1000 watt power inverter or 1000 watt honda gen run them easily and be the best setup.
Econolite(sp). Com, you will need capacitors to use the 1000. Wattage your fine, best I can remember the HPS 150 run a continuous 2.3 amps but start up at 4.3 amps till there warmed up. The 1000 can only run 20 amps, it might still work but it will be close.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:12 AM   #10
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The hps is the way to go and I've tried them all. More lumens on same wattage. I'm running 3/ 400 watt Hubbel hps on a honda 1000 and they light up the world. They have built in capacitors and start up instantly. Takes about 3 min. to come to full light. I don't notice the yellow light and they cut through any stained water. They work even better with clear water.They eliminate any glare off the water, coming back into your eyes
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