|More Lumen Output
Up to 30% more lumens output than some old style magnetic ballasts. More light equals more yield. We urge you to test this yourself with a good quality light meter. Be sure to also check how much power the ballast is using with an ammeter as many so called 600w magnetic ballasts now draw up to 750w as standard to try to keep up with Lumatek's lumen output.
More lumens generated per watt of electricity consumed.
Lumatek ballast have increased efficacy over magnetic ballasts. They lose fewer watts from the power supply to the lamp. The high frequency output results in low power loss at the cathodes in addition to better overall power management.
Stable Light Output
Excellent for Pharmaceutical-agriculture, laboratories and other uses where precise regularized output is essential.
It reaches full brightness in under one minute; magnetic ballasts typically take about twenty minutes.
No noise or vibration of any kind.
Small Compact Design
600watt 120v ballast weighs less than 4.5 kilos compared to almost 20 kilos for magnetic ballasts.
Produce Less Heat
Less heat generated by the ballasts allows cooler running of the environment.
Cuts off when a short is detected. For ultimate safety.
Longer Bulb Life
Lumen output loss over time, with the correct lamp, is dramatically less than with magnetic ballasts.
Lumatek ballasts can light both HPS and MH bulbs (excluding the 750w which is HPS only).
The Lumatek ballast is a high performance product that is designed to work with most high quality lamps. Cheap inferior lamps may cause problems and Lumatek recommends only high quality American or European lamps.
Be sure to disconnect the power source before changing lamps. Always use the specified wattage of lamp. (A 400W lamp should not be used in a 600W ballast). Lumatek recommends lamp replacement every 6-12 months.
It is VERY important that the lamp is given adequate time to cool down before it is reignited. You should allow a hot lamp to cool for 20-30 minutes before you try to re-strike it. Hot re-strikes cause premature lamp failure and lumen output degradation. Additionally, the lamp should never be turned off before the lamp reaches full intensity.
Lumatek ballasts are now internally RF shielded and can be used with standard System Cord sets as available in each country worldwide. Our ballasts produce the least amount of EMI (electro- magnetic interference) of any electronic ballast and conform to all international Electro-magnetic emission standards. This applies to all blue and purple models of the Lumatek.
Lumatek ballast include the industry first "super lumen switch". This feature will boost lumen output by 10% when the switch is activated. This allows unprecedented control of lumen output during ballast use. This feature is for HPS lamps only.
Lumatek ballasts operate both metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps. They will not light MV mercury vapor lamps which are commonly sold in hardware and some hydroponic stores.
*Please note the 750 watt ballast is HPS only.