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Old 02-08-2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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Now, Last year I ran my honda2000 with 3 500 watt halogen's for the entire year which is like 13.something amps and 1500 watts.

With only 3 lights there were some dark spots in between each light. I know it's a 2000 watt generator, however I've had other generators claim 2200 running watts but yet they wouldn't power 1500 continuous.

Would I be able to stick a 250watt halogen in between the 500watt lights to take away some of that darkness? I would be running the genny at full load then and I'm not sure I like that idea much.

The would really like to be able to run 5x 500 watt halogens on the front, but the only problem is the generators that are 3500 watts etc are not exactly HEAVY but at 97 lbs I sure don't want to take it in and out of the boat every single night for weeks on end. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Also gigability when are they coming back ;P I need my fix!




I guess I could solve all of this by using HPS lights, but whenever I start looking into them, and ballast and the weight and this and that, I'm not electrician and it tends to steer me away from them ;(.

Not a fan of LED's, although I thought about sticking 2 of jerry's 40 watt LED's underwater directly in front of the boat..
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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Get 4 150w HPS and you won't sorry and your gen. will run at just above idle. Depending on your boat you might can get by with 3
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:09 PM   #3
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I do want HPS lights, and a lot of light, if I could run 3 250's, I would probably be happier then running 3 500 watt halogens. and at half the wattage.

The problem is, like I mentioned I don't know what lights to get, where to get a ballast, how it's assembled, I keep searching the forums there dosen't seem to be a HOW TO anywhere and that's what I really need.

Or someone who has done it and can tell me what to do basically, I've googled until my eyes bleed and I find more crap for hps lights for growing pot then for fishing applications.
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This is the exact boat I am using by the way.
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Have you looked on Bowfishing Country site. econo.light is where I got my 150s
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No need to take the ballasts out of the 150 watt HPS fixtures. They weigh about 9 lbs each. Make yoke style mounts and bolt thru the sides of the lights and use 2" fender washers for backing. They only pull 1.3 amps each and put out 14,400 lumens of light each compared to the 500 watt halos that only put out about 8500-10000 lumens and draw 3 times the amperage. You also have to worry about getting burnt on the fixture. Your Honda Genny is rated for 13.3 amps and only 1600 continuous watts.
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Hi 5 prongs, I mean is there a place on ecolight that I can order exactly what I need already made? I start reading about HPS and i hear ballast and capacitors etc etc.

could I run 5 150's with my honda 2000?
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so if the 150's only pull 1.3amps then I answered my own question.


Also what is a yolk mount? Could I use heavy duty zinc and bend it as desired and pre drill holes for mounting bolt? since i have a very small rail to mount the lights with on my boat.
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Use aluminum flat bar. 2" wide by 1/4" thick. Get the single tap, 120 volt lights. They'll say HPF for high power factor. This designates that they already have the capacitors installed. Without them your amp draw go way up. I run 4 150s on a bigger boat than yours and its plenty of light. The econlite site is hard to navigate but yes you can order what you need ready to go. You'll just have to make your power cords for them whatever length is necessary. Make sure you use heat shrink on everything!!!
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http://www.e-conolight.com/shop-by-p...-hc1h151z.html


So these are not the correct light as there is no "HPF" designation?
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