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Old 09-14-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default HPS Question

I've got an Econo light 400 watt Hps and the back housing keeps breaking when I run with the light up so I'm going to take the advice I've seen posted about lining the back with Rhino liner. I wanted to ask everyone, who is familiar with using HPS's, how far above the water I should be placing my light? I've noticed when I stand back I can usually view the bottom better in the shadows. This made me think I should have the light closer to the water. Any advice is appreciated. Also I assume the angle of the light is based on the distance from the water. This leads me to believe, that since my light is higher up, I should keep the light parallel to the water. 90 degrees since I am at least a couple feet off the water. Thanks in advance and happy gigging. It is really heating up here.
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:50 PM   #2
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Default Regarding broken housing

Are you using the factory mount, or did you fabricate your own? Do you still have the ballast in it as well? Most of the guys on the forum relocated the ballast, thereby reducing the weight.

I am running 150HPS's and I fabricated my own brackets and mounted them on the side in a manner that you can tilt the light up for running. I also used large fender washers on each side where I drilled through the thin housing to strengthen my attach point.

I used 1/8" X 2" flat aluminum bar material. It is plenty stiff with the spacer and bolts. For the 400wHPS, I am not sure if that would be enough.

Look for my post on the Flounder section if you want to see pic's of my setup. I just posted pic's yesterday.

I can't answer the question about height and position. I just got mine mounted.

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Old 09-14-2015, 09:22 PM   #3
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You must be using the factory mounts, I remove them and use a washer and silicone to seal it up then fabricated brackets. I personally like the lights about 24" from the water.
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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Mounts that will not break.

Note that the housings are Gutted also.... Nothing but a socket and bulb in them.

Here is where the guts reside.

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Old 10-23-2015, 09:11 AM   #5
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Outstanding workmanship!
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