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blueblue48 04-06-2008 08:39 PM

when to use a ballast?
Im doing a DIY 81 watt lighting system using 3 quad bulb pc. there 27 watts each and i was just wondering if i need to get some ballasts for them or not? If so would i need to get 3 ballasts or can i just get 1 big one?

fish_4_all 04-07-2008 01:57 PM

While I am not an electronics person, I am pretty sure you need a ballast to run flourescents, period. If you don't I wold still want one just to fire the bubls off right instead of waiting for them to heat up.

blueblue48 04-07-2008 04:14 PM

yeah ive been doing some reading and i definatly need a ballast. now what size?? anyone else around here know anything more?

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