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Sun Pulse Ballast Splitter with DIGITAL 1000w Ballast?

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:46 PM

I want to run a 1000w Digital ballast with a sun pulse splitter and two 600w hps bulbs. Is this ok to do?

Here's a link to a video I found on YouTube showing a quantum digital running two 600w hps.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuLsUApPjCo&feature=youtube_gdata_player]YouTube - (1) 1000 Watt BALLAST POWERS (2) 600 watt Bulbs! Sun Pulse Splitter Monster Gardens[/ame]

Is this all just marketing jive? I would assume the digital dimmable ballasts should be able to handle this no problem...
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 03:02 AM

Yes, these splitters are designed to run two 600s with the 1000W. You have to use the sun pulse bulbs though.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:08 AM

I actually have to use the sun pulse bulbs?? I read elsewhere that you don't have to...

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:10 AM

Does anyone know or tried this out yet?

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:08 AM

I use the splitter with a pair of 600w SunPulse bulbs. Either two 3k lamps or a 3k and a 10k. I've been using this setup for about 6 months and will only buy Sun Pulse bulbs now. Also have a 1000w Hps in same room but I like the results of the 600w SunPulse better. They run a lot cooler than the Hps. I will be changing from the Hps to a single 1000w 3k SunPulse in the next day or two as I dont have enough money right now for the splitter,two bulbs and a pair of hoods. Maybe next year when i replace the 1000w bulb I will upgrade to the two 600w bulbs.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:44 AM

Hey trip thanks for stopping by! Those sunpulse lamps sure are attractive!! I haven't tried them out yet but I have found that the splitter is not so effective when it comes to light output...Personally I prefer to run 1 600w bulb per ballast as i feel the output is alot greater especially on the super lumens setting. I will be trying 2 400w mh bulbs on a 1000w lumatek as soon as I can get the bulbs.

The sunpulse splitter does work as advertised but the bulbs just don't get very bright when running 2 600's.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 07:02 PM

Hey Dub,

True, if I had the money I would run four electronic 600w ballasts with the SubPulse 3k bulb and then switch to the 10k bulb for the last 10 days. But my first purchase was a 1000w mag ballast, so i am just trying to get my monies worth out of it. I figure a 1000w ballast puts out about 1100w so I am running two 550w MH lambs. A 600w ballast puts out 680w. If I am using two with HPS lambs then thats an extra 260w (1360w for both) and while that is more lumens it is extra heat. IF only 20% of that hps light is usable (to the plant) and over 60% is usable with the MH (with less heat.) which one would you use? That is the short verision of the SunPulse arguement. I have grown coloas that had 2" Diameter all 14" long (mystery seed from Dutch seeds) with these lights.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:49 AM

I think you are confused about the power consumption/output on the equipment you are using.
A 1000w mag core n coil ballast consumes about 1100 watts. It does not put out 1100w! I would say it puts out less light and uses more energy than a 1000w on a digital ballast. I personally like 600's ALOT MORE! a good 600w bulb on a digital ballast will give some great results. Not to mention you can run 2 lights in the place of one 1kwatt light. If I were you I'd start buying up 600w digital ballasts and ditch the core and coil as soon as you can afford to. I have seen better growth from using dual-arc bulbs than any other type of bulb. HPS for veg and 3 weeks into flower then dual arc from then on.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:51 AM

I buy cheap bulbs off eBay but nothing really compares to the horti super hps line in my opinion. I would like 4 600w super hps and then 1 vert 400mh in the middle :)

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:40 PM

It sounds all true. Thanks for your time and advice.

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