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    I’ve got a dimmable ballast guys, only used the 3 settings so far (it has 4), being..
    250w,400w,600w.
    Just swapped from my 400 - 600w to give a bit more during flower so I’ve cranked up the setting to 600w, but my question is what is this extra one for?

    I’ve got a 600w dual spec bulb in so could I change to the boost?


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  2. "They call it super lumen on the Lumatek ballasts...Gives an extra 60 watts or something like that...


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    Quote Originally Posted by LewisR19 View Post
    I’ve got a dimmable ballast guys, only used the 3 settings so far (it has 4), being..
    250w,400w,600w.
    Just swapped from my 400 - 600w to give a bit more during flower so I’ve cranked up the setting to 600w, but my question is what is this extra one for?

    I’ve got a 600w dual spec bulb in so could I change to the boost?


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    I'm guessing it is giving it A small burst of power. IDK really, but I know on my 400W ballast, If I use one of those normal bulbs, that cost around 20 bucks, I get about 430W from the wall, but if I use the more expence blub, it pulls 484 W from the wall, so I am puzzle to why this extra setting, when the Difference is in the blubs. JMO

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    I think it gives your bulb a extra boost pushing it to its very max but your bulbs won't last as long as using it without.. I've never used this ballast but just what I hear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud Lightyear View Post
    They call it super lumen on the Lumatek ballasts...Gives an extra 60 watts or something like that...


    Regards BL
    Would I be able to use my 600w bulb on that setting or would I be safer on the 600w setting?

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    You can use it yeah but the bulb won't last as long not sure how much less tho..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LewisR19 View Post
    Would I be able to use my 600w bulb on that setting or would I be safer on the 600w setting?
    It should be fine, this is what the ballasts are designed for
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    Quote Originally Posted by M_C View Post
    It should be fine, this is what the ballasts are designed for
    Lovely stuff cheers mate

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    I was always told to run the same watt bulb to match the ballast I own a couple with this setting and always change the bulb for required setting. have seen 600w bulbs crack with the boost setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_C View Post
    It should be fine, this is what the ballasts are designed for
    Ballasts might have been but most bulbs are not...cheaper bulbs are approx +/- 5% tolerance so only equal to about 30w increase, they can pop...quality bulbs yeah, Sunmaster, Phillips, Osram have a 10% or higher tolerance

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    My lumii ballast has an extra option too, cranks it up to 660W for that extra little bit be fine to use it, maybe set it to 600 for a few week then switch it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by AND View Post
    Ballasts might have been but most bulbs are not...cheaper bulbs are approx +/- 5% tolerance so only equal to about 30w increase, they can pop...quality bulbs yeah, Sunmaster, Phillips, Osram have a 10% or higher tolerance
    As with everything in life, you get what you pay for

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_C View Post
    As with everything in life, you get what you pay for
    If you already have A bulb pulling 84 more watts than the 600, than 60 add to that would be 144W on top of what the bulb is. Seems like your bulb would blow?

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