Metal Halide (MH) Replacement Lamp for Mini Sunburst, 100W
This 100W metal halide lamp is the replacement lamp for the Mini Sunburst 100W MH unit (SBMM100H). It has 4000K daylight color spectrum, and is for horizontal operation. E26 medium base.
I have a 1000W ballast. Can I use a 400W or 600W lamp (bulb) in it?
As a general rule, lamps (bulbs) can only be used with ballasts that specify the same wattage rating. A 1000W lamp can only be used with a 1000W ballast, a 400W with a 400W, etc. Many ballasts are made to handle only one wattage level. An exception to this would be the Xtrasun Variable Watt ballasts (XTEDW-), which have various settings for output power and are meant to be used with a lamp of the same wattage as the dial setting (for example, use a 600W bulb when the ballast is set to 600W, etc.).
Can an HPS ballast be used to power a metal halide lamp?
This is never recommended. The ballast and lamp (bulb) type (wattage and HID lamp type) must match. Convertible ballasts, however, can be switched between MH and HPS modes. There is also the option of using a conversion lamp. These are lamps that are designed to produce a MH spectrum while run on an HPS ballast, or vice versa. Phantom digital ballasts can ignite HPS or MH bulbs, except for the 750W model, which is meant only for HPS.
What is the importance of color temperature ratings (Kelvin) on bulbs (3000K, 6400K, etc.)?
Kelvin is a unit of measure that rates color temperature of a light source. Lower Kelvin temperatures will display deeper hues of red and orange light. Higher Kelvin temperatures emit deeper concentrations of blue light. As a general rule, one should use lamps with lower Kelvin temperatures for fruiting/blooming/flowering and lamps with higher Kelvin temperatures for vegetative growth.
How often should I replace my grow bulbs?
Whether fluorescent, sodium, or halide, we recommend replacing light system lamps (bulbs) every 1 to 1.5 years if operated for a minimum of 12 hours per day. Although lamps older than this might still ignite for multiple years, the quality of light they provide to the plants will have significantly degraded after this time of continuous use. (NOTE: The above does not apply to LED lamps, which have much longer service lives).
Why is my Sunburst system making a loud noise when the toggle switch is in the "None" position?
The "None" position simply indicates that the system is operating in neither HPS nor MH mode. This light system should NEVER be plugged in or receive power when the toggle switch is in the "None" position. Doing so may cause damage to the operation of the light system.
What is a Mogul base(E39) socket?
The Mogul base (E39) socket, has a larger diameter and are primarly used in larger lamp wattages. The designation E39 refers to the diameter of the light bulb screw base in millimeters, e.g. E39 has a diameter of 39mm.
My new bulb isn't lighting up, or only lights up sometimes. How can I fix this problem?
The problem might be a bad connection in the mogul socket. Make sure to disconnect the unit from the power supply, and then look inside the mogul socket for a metal tab. Pry this tab upwards a little bit to make better contact with the bulb base.