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Apollo lights and ballast

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  • Dec 28 2012 02:07 AM
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:07 AM

I'm thinking of ordering Amazon.com: Purple Apollo brand 600w Watt Digital Dimmable Ballast Hydroponic Grow Light System with Gull Wing Reflector and Metal Halide(MH) and High Pressure Sodium(HPS) Light Bulbs, Cord + Rope Ratchet Hanger: Patio, Lawn & Garden anyone have any experience with these? the reviews seem good.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:06 AM

I have the same exact one in my Cart ready to check out lol. I can't decide between this kit and or the ipower kit with the air cooled hood for 200 something

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:27 AM

Same, i went with this one (Apollo) because it looks awesome.

The ipower light should be just as good, i almost went with that one because i like the hood a little more and it was a few bucks cheaper, but both should do the same exact thing.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:41 AM

Are you keeping that reflector in that kit or upgrading?

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:41 AM

And what size tent and what strains bro?

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:59 AM

I decided to go with growace.com they were more expensive, but I don't want to burn my house down just to save $30. Saving money gets counterproductive at a certain point. I'll let you guys know how the equipment is once it arrives.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:09 AM

I have a grow space, not a tent, was going to get more lights to fill it up.
I'm keeping the same reflector, Should work just as well. I grow all sorts of strains, This light works for all of them.

Burn your house down? both of these ballast's are reliable if you set it up correctly. Don't overload your circuits and you wont have a problem. I don't see why you don't trust these, it's not like its frequently bought together with a fire extinguisher.

If your as paranoid as i am, you'll have one in reach though.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

Lol yea theres an extinguisher in my grow room too.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

Well if anyone's interested i got my growace kit today, and its great seems very high quality . My only complaint is the fan in the ballast is a little loud, but i would rather it be loud than hot.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:54 AM

Is it the fan, or does it have a buzz to it that goes quieter when you turn it down? I just bought the 600 watt and I'm having that issue... Dunno if it's just the way it is, or if it's defective....

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:22 AM

Is it the fan, or does it have a buzz to it that goes quieter when you turn it down? I just bought the 600 watt and I'm having that issue... Dunno if it's just the way it is, or if it's defective....


im pretty sure its the fan, noise stays the same regardless of dimmer setting

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:06 AM

Right on. My ballast buzzes and gradually drops in level as i drop the power level (50%, 75%, 100%). Probably not so good?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

Right on. My ballast buzzes and gradually drops in level as i drop the power level (50%, 75%, 100%). Probably not so good?


Sounds like you may have a problem, let me know how their customer service treats you

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I bought the 400w ipower from amazon and the ballast burnt out after 3 months. Contacted the manufacturer and they gave me an RMA number to mail it in. I'm 2 weeks away from harvest and I'm sure it'll take weeks to get it back.

So I was gonna buy either the 600w Apollo as a replacement or the LEDWholesalers one (600w bulb/ballast, yoyo, cooltube) for $149 free ship but I'm reading bad reviews about people getting cracked cooltubes, cracked bulbs when they receive it and they say the cooltube is absolute crap material and the yoyo too..

I think Lumatek is a decent brand name for ballasts so I might just buy the ballast only for like $160 and then buy a high quality hortilux bulb ($76) when it's time to replace my bulbs and then keep my Yield Master II cooltube I already have.

One advice to you guys is that heat is not just an issue with these lights, but it's the biggest battle imo, so getting a cooltube is a *MUST* - unless you have a really large grow space. Cooltube + 240cfm fan exhausting is what I recommend.

Also in regards to the apollo, the casing on the ballast looks exactly identical to the ipower ballasts except in different color; and I'm willing to bet they're using same parts inside too, since the reviews seem similar also.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

I bought the 400w ipower from amazon and the ballast burnt out after 3 months. Contacted the manufacturer and they gave me an RMA number to mail it in. I'm 2 weeks away from harvest and I'm sure it'll take weeks to get it back.

So I was gonna buy either the 600w Apollo as a replacement or the LEDWholesalers one (600w bulb/ballast, yoyo, cooltube) for $149 free ship but I'm reading bad reviews about people getting cracked cooltubes, cracked bulbs when they receive it and they say the cooltube is absolute crap material and the yoyo too..

I think Lumatek is a decent brand name for ballasts so I might just buy the ballast only for like $160 and then buy a high quality hortilux bulb ($76) when it's time to replace my bulbs and then keep my Yield Master II cooltube I already have.

One advice to you guys is that heat is not just an issue with these lights, but it's the biggest battle imo, so getting a cooltube is a *MUST* - unless you have a really large grow space. Cooltube + 240cfm fan exhausting is what I recommend.

Also in regards to the apollo, the casing on the ballast looks exactly identical to the ipower ballasts except in different color; and I'm willing to bet they're using same parts inside too, since the reviews seem similar also.


The kit I ordered from growace was a little more money, but ultimately what made the decision for me was safety ratings, the Amazon and e-bay ones didn't have any safety certifications, while growace had many. I'm very pleased with the products I received.




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