ARO Electronic Ballast - Good?

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  1. ReefGirlSara

    ReefGirlSara Member

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    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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  2. Chris22582

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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. :)
     
  3. Burks

    Burks Toledo Reefer

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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.
     
  4. ReefGirlSara

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    Where was that? If you don't mind me asking.
     
  5. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R Photo of the Month Award R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    I have always used ARO and love them on my 250w MH.
     
  6. kgross

    kgross Local Fish Store Owner

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    ARO makes good ballasts.

    Kim
     
  7. jimmybling31

    jimmybling31 Well-Known Member

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

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R Photo of the Month Award R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    How come? For the name?
     
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    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.
     
  10. kgross

    kgross Local Fish Store Owner

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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
     
  11. Burks

    Burks Toledo Reefer

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    Off one of the boards. Someone was getting out of the hobby.

    ARO ballasts sell really cheap for some reason. No idea why.
     

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