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Old 05-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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In the process of upgrading to HPS lights. Set-up with four 150W HPS floods. I have a Yamaha 2000is Inverter generator that I've been using to run two 500W and two 300W halogens. For some reason the generator will only run three of the 150W HPS. When I plug in the fourth it starts to light then I get an overload on the generator and all the lights cut off. Don't understand why I can run 1600W of hallogens and get an overload with 600W of HPS. Does it take more to start them up or something? Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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The generator has the wattage capacity but not for the load (amp). HPS light draw more amps on start up, as they warm up the load drops off. Allow the first 3 to warm completely up (2-3 minutes ) then start the forth light. Your generator most likely can only handle a load of 20 amps, you will more than likely need to install capacitors. Search the forum, there is plenty of information on this.
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As Gnwdad said....But I have another question. Do your lights have a capacitor in them?

This will cause even less of a amperage draw.
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I'm not sure whether they have capacitors or not. Link below to the lights I purchased. They are so darn bright I could probably get away with just using three of them, but I'd really like to get the fourth on running. Thanks for your help. I'll try lighting three for three minutes and then the forth and see if that works. If I have to add capacitors can I add them inside the light housings? I really don't want to have an extra box between the lights and the generator.
http://www.e-conolight.com/floods/sm...-hc1h151z.html

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Old 05-11-2012, 12:38 PM   #5
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Is this the capicitor I need for 150W HPS? I mounted a small junction box on the light bracket for each light. Could I install a capacitor in the junction box, or does the capacitor install between the ballast and the socket? I'm thinking the capacitor goes between the power source and the leads to the light, but I don't know crap it. I know I could research this myself, but I know there's quite a few guys already using HPS on here (i.e. Xshark) who are experts on them. Thanks in advance for the help.
http://capacitorking.com/14uf-280v-1...2814m-mfd.html

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Open the unit up. Very easy. You should see a transformer. Look to see if it has a capacitor before buying any.

But agree on letting 3 of them warm up and then start the fourth.
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Problem solved.....the lights don't have compacitors, but I tried the "warm up the three, then start the 4th" and it worked. Thanks for the help guys!
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Problem solved.....the lights don't have compacitors, but I tried the "warm up the three, then start the 4th" and it worked. Thanks for the help guys!
Your welcome!
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DFA - where you been hiding at?
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That is from the link you gave....If it has a Cap in it it would say HPF.

The Cap you need is the 55UF
http://capacitorking.com/55uf-240v-4...5m01h-mfd.html

That's the ones I put in mine, when I had HPS lights. It's a snug fit, but will fit in the case.
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