Discussion in 'Indoor Growing' started by bob223, Mar 31, 2016.
I think we know the same people, or at least run in close circles
I haven't been around long so I'm not sure what circle I am running in.
Can anyone shed light on the 315lec being set up as 220v?
I have 110 now and would like to hard wire new 220v ones on a dedicated breaker board.
Right now I run the phantom from hydrofarm. It does not appear to have a switch.
If you mean 120/240v , my CMH 315 ballast does both
I bought my LEC without specifying the voltage....stupid...well, I had to buy
a converter but it is working fine.
110/220V? Are you sure you don't have 120/240V?
In any case the driver automatically detects voltage and acts accordingly.
The Galaxy LEC ballast has an optional power cord available and runs on both voltages.
Careful. The original Phillips ballast loaded units are 220 only. They use a built in step down transformer for 110. That's why they cost more than the commercial units.
Thanks all yes 120v versus 240v
Am I under the wrong impression that using a 240 will reduce operating cost ?
I would have my friend who is an electrician do this but I want to buy the correct ballast
Most of these ballasts prefer 240V. My Philips won't run on 120V at all. The square wave needs plenty of headroom to work properly- think high end amps for audio.
No the electricity costs the same but it reduces the load on the circuit. You can run about double the amps on the same breaker.
The Phillips ballast is made to be run on 220 but "prefer" has nothing to do with it.
and my high end audio systems always worked fine plugged into the 110 living room outlet with the plug that came with it.
Prefer = cooler operation, more efficient, more light, longer life.
Right. None of that applies to the voltage in this case.
You really are trying to say you can run double the ballasts on the same circuit. The circuits amp rating doesn't change.
Yes. Thank you.
315w @110v is 2.8a
315w @220v is 1.6a (iirc)
This is on prism ballasts
Yes thank you now I understand
Here are the next 2 plants finishing under the LEC. The light is really bringing out the colors.
In front Citral Pow 33 in rear Pow 33
Citral Pow 33
How far is your canopy top to bottom of hoods?
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