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Old 05-27-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Ok with all the talk on here about HPS lights I started to do a little research for myself. I now see why they are so popular, much more light with much less power. On the other hand the expense is much higher than the set up I have now. Some lights I have looked at are "self-contained" some are not. There has been alot of talk about digital ballast, ballast boxes and capaciters. Thats where I get lost. When I am looking at a "self contained" HPS floodlight will I need to plan on any other ballast or capciters to run them?

Note: I run a 1000w generator with 3/300w Quartz now, if I decide to go HPS would like to go with 4/150w. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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The self contained will have the ballasts, some will even have capciters. I will assume the 110v outlet on your generator is rated at 15a, if so you'll be able to run 3 150 watt HPS lamps without issue. The lights draw a higher amps when first warming up, once the lights are warm less amps are drawn.
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I think the 4 150's will work, but they do require more amps when starting up. Xshark is the man when it comes to figuring amps. I'm running 3 400 watt on a Honda 2000. I let the first two warm up and then add the third. Mine are self contained and the only drawback is they are pretty heavy.
I think I've seen your rig. Do you fish Orange Beach regular?
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