What is so great about the ice cap ballasts?

John Hartford

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When I bought my retrofit from hamilton tech, it came with three black boxes, which I assume are the ballasts? They sold me the electronic kind becuase they said they last longer and perform better, all though they may be a little noisy. So why do people use the ice cap ballast, is it quiet, more efficient? I am just curious.


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Well they are one of the best reflectors especially with t5 bulbs. Icecaps can also overdrive your bulbs to get like 80 watts out fo a 54 watt or something in that range.


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Its actually the magnetic ballasts whick might be noisier. Electronic ballasts are more power efficient, there have been some reliability issues with electronic ballasts