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Re: Triton lamps
> I am wondering if the Triton lamps actually draw more current than a regular
> lamp even though the nominal wattage is the same. Has anybody ever measured
> the ballast input current when the ballast is driving a Triton lamp and
> compared it to the current drawn by the same ballast when driving a CW lamp
> of the same nominal wattage. There are so many reports of Triton lamps
> able to grow high light plants with quite low watts per gallon ratios that
> it is difficult to imagine it is not true. I would like to determine if
> is due to an increased light output with this lamp because the lamp simply
> draws more power or if it's from a very suitable spectrum or a highly
> efficient lamp design.
The ballast controls the current, not the lamp. It is just an efficient
design, that puts out more plant-useable light per watt of power. I am using
them on two tanks, and have recently discovered the Pillips Advantage 50.
Stacked next to other 40-watt bulbs it is like the sun next to a day-time
moon. Same current and power.
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