Originally Posted by LostTribe
So my old magnetic 400 that is like 15 years old plus got flooded by mother nature last year. It never failed prior to flooding with a lot of use. I got an E ballast 1000w about a year ago and it just went out....Hope the 1000w magnetic holds up for a few days but it was also involved in a flood, but it fired right up and I had opened it all the way up to check connections and its clean inside. I am hoping it hold as I dont want to have to toss them into bloom earlier than planned. Also second guessing my replacement for the old 400, a 400 E ballast....they are warrantied though and cheap.
dude, after watching all my friends have issues with digital ballasts over the last bunch of years..... I got a good chuckle when I wired my grow with 15 year old cap and coil magnetic ballasts. Both 400HPS, 400MH and 1000MH (running NH940HPS conversion bulbs).
sure, they hum a little but they are bullet proof. I grabbed a few new capacitors for the MH kits but otherwise, all my gear is "old school".
I'll never buy into the digital ballast game and when I order new stuff from the electrical wholesaler (not the grow stores LOL) , I'll be saving some good coin too. Only downside is one needs to fabricate their own enclosure/safety box and do all the wiring for lamp and power cord. I always get the ballasts that allow 110/220/430V so I can wire everything 220 and cut down the amp draws.
digital ballasts suck and I think the industry came up with them to cost people more money. Kinda like car parts that are designed to last 5 years instead of a few decades ago when they made them to last for at least 20 years LOL
anyhow, sorry for the ramble, sending positive vibes for your grow