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Old 10-30-2005, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2 of the following ballasts: http://www.advancetransformer.com/eC...5731103431.pdf

Advance Instant Start electronic ballast, REL-4P32-SC capable of handling up to 4-F32T8 bulbs, including U-bent tubes.

I currently use one to power a 55w PC and another to power a 36w PC. The ballast has 2 red and 2 blue "hot" wires and 2 yellow neutral wires. I use 1 power and 1 yellow for 36w PC. For 55w PC I use 2 power wires and 1 yellow.

I would like to use these ballasts in my new setup. My question is:

-Can I use one ballast to operate 2x36w PC and another to power 2x55w PC?
-Should I instead use one ballast for 1x32w and 1x55w PC?
-Would this be overpowering the ballast too much? I am not really worried about the 2x36w but I wonder if the 2x55 or the 36/55w combo will be too much. I know the wattage is sufficient but I know there is more to powering PC besides wattage, ballast factors and amps for instance.

I am a little gunshy as I reciently had a practically brand new ballast go while powering a 36w PC and 2x 17w NO tubes. I don't think that was over powering it, possibly it got wet or it was just a bad ballast? Either way, I would hate to have my setup only last a week and be in trouble when I have to wait for shipping, plus spend more money

Any help is greatly apprecieated!!!
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Anyone? I might try to set this up tomorrow evening if my current ballasts will work.
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Check this link...
http://www.advancetransformer.com/up...Electronic.pdf
page 24 diagram 94 would be your scematic.

I don't think you would be underpowering the bulbs or driving the ballast to hard. I just ussually use work horse 5 for that application though..

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Thanks for letting me know that Whitepine. Honestly I cannot find my application in that pdf but its not important really. I wired the ballast up and it wored fine powering 2x55watt PCs. Ballast barely even gets warm to the touch.

The whole tank is setup finally! Pics will come later. Thanks for all your help!
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