Weird, ballast controls MH and T5? Or am I missing cables?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by kinetic, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    So I started setting up my Giesemann Infinity today, a few issues:

    1. The rails for the tempered glass and such are so tight that the glass is close to breaking when I try to slide them
    2. The halides don't turn on

    I think the halides don't turn on because I'm missing a bunch of stuff?
    - There are only two blue ballasts that say MH electronic ballasts, but they only power the T5's
    - The MH don't fire at all, there are no cables coming out of the fixture for them?

    I'm confused, can ballasts control both MH and T5? Is there some special way of installing 250watt HQI lamps? I just pushed them down into the holders, and they stay. They are a bit shaky as the ends aren't secure, but they won't come out without a good tug. I looked at the contact points, they seem OK.

    Bulbs aren't black, and aren't damaged.

    I don't see any on off switches anywhere for MH.
  2. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Maybe this is why:


    220VAC? too much?
  3. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'd imagine they'd place some transformers in there to mitigate any voltage issues, however, I have no experience with those fixtures.
  4. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    yeah weird! they went through the trouble of attaching american 3 prong plug... you'd think they'd realize?
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    wait, I think the second line in the label says it can go from 95 to 265! So that means it should work.

    welps, back to square one... why won't the halides fire =(
  6. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Have you tried switching to different bulbs?
    I had one issue like that where an IceCap would not fire and when finally I switched the bulb it did, weird but it happened and more weird is that the bulb is new and works on another ballasts but this one.
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Issue has been resolved. There was a missing cable.

    That's the problem with doing multiple posts in various areas of the forum. One undoubtedly doesn't get updated :(

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