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    ARO Electronic Ballast - Good?

    I wanted to get 4 new style IceCap electronic ballasts, but I saw a good deal on some used ARO electronic ballasts. Anyone have experience with these?

    EDIT: These are 250 watt MH ballasts. Thanks!
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    I have one running VHO's and havent had a problem with it. Seems to be a good ballast so far.

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    I have a 250w ARO for my DE, can't complain about it.

    But I also cannot compare it to an IceCap. I was in a pinch and got it (new) and a new reflector for $90 shipped.
    If anyone is in the Toledo, OH area visiting, just driving through, or living there please contact me. I can give you a lot of information on local stores and the club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burks View Post
    I have a 250w ARO for my DE, can't complain about it.

    But I also cannot compare it to an IceCap. I was in a pinch and got it (new) and a new reflector for $90 shipped.
    Where was that? If you don't mind me asking.

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    I have always used ARO and love them on my 250w MH.
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    ARO makes good ballasts.

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    mine is ok. I would rather have an icecap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmybling31 View Post
    mine is ok. I would rather have an icecap though.
    How come? For the name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by revhtree View Post
    How come? For the name?

    no after seeing what they look like side by side with same bulb and reflector. the icecap had a much less blued out look to it with the 20k radium. the aro kinda looked more like a washed out blue instead of the crisp blue that came from the icecap.

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    You will find that most electronic ballasts will drive bulbs differently.

    If you go here.

    http://www.manhattanreefs.com/lighting

    You can see the specs of lots of different bulbs on different ballasts. With different bulbs, the ARO ballast will give you a better look than the icecap ballast.

    Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefGirlSara View Post
    Where was that? If you don't mind me asking.
    Off one of the boards. Someone was getting out of the hobby.

    ARO ballasts sell really cheap for some reason. No idea why.
    If anyone is in the Toledo, OH area visiting, just driving through, or living there please contact me. I can give you a lot of information on local stores and the club!

 

 

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