More Spectral Analysis of 400W Lamps and Ballasts: EVC, Hamilton, Aquaconnect and Helios Lamps and EVC, Blueline, Reef Fanatic and Icecap Ballasts

Since my last review of 400W mogul base lamps [1], I have received several new lamps and several electronic ballasts for these lamps. New 400W mogul lamps by Ocean Encounter sold under the EVC label in 10000K, 14000K and 20000K versions, Helios Lamps in 12500K and 20000K versions, Hamilton 10000K and 14000K and the Aquaconnect 14000K lamp were tested. In addition to the these lamps, there are now more choices available for electronic ballasts for these lamps sold by Reef Fanatic, EVC by Ocean Encounter, Blueline by Champion Lighting and the electronic Icecap Ballast. In addition some of the previously tested lamps the XM 20000K and the Ushio 10000K were also tested with these new ballasts. A total of 64 spectral plots and performance data is presented in this article.

LampBallast
EVC 10000KMagnetek Ballast (M59)
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
EVC 14000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
EVC 20000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
HELIOS 12500KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
HELIOS 20000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
HAMILTON 10000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
HAMILTON 14000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
AQUACONNECT 14000KMagnetek Ballast
PFO – “HQI”
“HQI”-Taiwan
Icecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
USHIO 10000KIcecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic
XM 20000KIcecap
Blueline
EVC
Reef Fanatic

For each lamp/ballast combination listed, data was collected on the Spectrum, Photosynthetic Photon flux Density (PPFD) or PAR, as well as data on the power consumption of the ballasts. The power consumption was determined using a Vector True RMS power meter into which the ballast was plugged. The Vector power meter also records the voltage and current. The test setup used was the same as previous lamp tests [1], thus allowing for direct comparison of the results of these lamps with previously tested lamps [1-4].

EVC 400W 10000K

This is a new lamp introduced by Ocean Encounter (www.oceanencounter.com). As seen from the Table 2 and Figure 1, this lamp provides considerable amount of PPFD, and performs quite well on the standard M59 ballast. The PPFD values obtained on this lamp are comparable to the XM 400W 10000K lamp.

EVC 10,000K

Figure 1: Spectral Plot of the 400W EVC 10000K lamp on different ballasts.

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BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency

PPFD/Watt

Blueline386120.03.37151.2100470.39
EVC412123.23.46164.886000.40
HQI450121.35.26173.384410.38
Icecap420120.63.58172.283710.41
Magnetic485120.34.27204.783300.42
Reef Fanatic423120.63.66175.989350.41
Taiwan492120.24.37220.181940.44
EVC 14,000K

Figure 2: Spectral Plot of the 400W EVC 14000K lamps with different ballasts.

 

EVC 400W 14000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
Icecap422121.93.58111.9na0.265
Blueline381122.73.22102.8na0.269
Reef Fanatic425122.33.61116.6na0.274
Magnetic3881233.5992.6na0.238
HQI541121.35.08146.6na0.270
EVC4121233.47114na0.276
Taiwan4651224.14131.5na0.282
EVC 20,000K

Figure 3: Spectral Plot of the 400W EVC 20000K lamps with different ballasts.

EVC 20000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiencyPPFD/Watt
Icecap419121.33.5795na0.226
Blueline386121.93.3188.6na0.229
Reef Fanatic423121.83.6397.8na0.231
Magnetic402121.83.781.8na0.203
HQI543121.75.24122.9na0.226
EVC414123.63.48118.6na0.286
Taiwan465121.84.07107.6na0.231
Helios 12,500K

Figure 4: Spectral Plot of the 400W Helios 12500K lamps with different ballasts

HELIOS 12500K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiencyPPFD/Watt
Taiwan443123.33.83124.6179650.281
Icecap412123.23.45115.2244270.280
HQI525123.25.33155.3107280.296
Blueline378123.43.1893.9977150.248
EVC415123.63.49121.2157780.292
Reef Fanatic4201233.55136139110.324
Magnetic398123.93.6482.5na0.207
Helios 20,000K

Figure 5: Spectral Plot of the 400W Helios 20000K lamps with different ballasts.

Helios 20000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
Magnetic3851213.6296.5na0.251
HQI526122.94.94149.6na0.284
Taiwan465122.74.07137.1na0.295
EVC416123.23.52125.5na0.302
Reef Fanatic424123.23.6127.7na0.301
Blueline383123.33.22112.2na0.293
Icecap420122.93.52119.9na0.285
Hamilton 10,000K

Figure 6: Spectral Plot of the 400W Hamilton 10000K lamps with different ballasts.

HAMILTON 10000K Lamp

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
Taiwan HQI514122.84.38191.292620.372
PFO HQI519123.15.54208.584180.402
Reef Fanatic426122.43.62171.384020.402
Magnetic471122.34.0818487880.391
Blueline386121.63.3112289460.316
EVC414122.93.5148.981990.360
Icecap419121.23.57143.689780.343
Hamilton 14,000K

Figure 7: Spectral Plot of the 400W Hamilton 14000K lamps with different ballasts

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HAMILTON 14000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
Taiwan HQI450123.33.97115.300.256
PFO HQI512122.45.6140.5345830.274
Reef Fanatic4261233.61125.1797350.294
Magnetic449122.93.9896.500.215
Blueline387121.63.3184.9700.220
EVC412122.23.49104.200.253
Icecap414122.23.4980.9300.195
Aquaconnect 14,000K

Figure 8: Spectral Plot of the 400W Aquaconnect 14000K lamps with different ballasts

AQUACONNECT 14000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency

PPFD/Watt

Taiwan HQI448122.84.14134.8na0.301
PFO HQI5361234.8170na0.317
Reef Fanatic428122.93.63141.5na0.331
Magnetic341120.63.3580.8na0.237
Blueline378121.63.23124na0.328
EVC416123.23.51146.2na0.351
Icecap418121.53.56143na0.342
XM 20,000K

Figure 9: Spectral Plot of the 400W XM 20000K lamps with different ballasts

XM 20000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency

PPFD/Watt

Icecap414121.93.5199.26na0.240
Blueline385122.53.2891na0.236
EVC412122.93.4894.8na0.230
Reef Fanatic422122.63.5996.4na0.228
Ushio 10,000K

Figure 10: Spectral Plot of the 400W Ushio 10000K lamps with different ballasts

USHIO 10000K

BallastPowerInput VoltsInput AmpPPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
Reef Fanatic424122.83.59149.472670.352
Blueline384120.83.32119.271990.310
EVC413122.73.5143.172330.346
Icecap419120.63.59138.171910.330

 

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank several people whose help made this study possible. They were kind enough to provide us with lamps and ballasts for testing: Patrick at PFO Lighting, Brian at HelloLights.com, Brad Shaw and Perry at Sunlight Supply, Leonhard Ho for the use of his Taiwan “HQI” ballast, Vince from Ocean Encounter, and TAAM enterprises for the Helios Lamps. Finally, we would like to thank Dr. Paul Walker of Penn State University for the use of the spectroradiometer.

 

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References

  1. Joshi, S and Mark, T., Spectral Analysis of 400W Lamps: XM,
    Radium, Osram and Sunmaster, PFO, Advanced Aquarist, Feb 2004.
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/feb2004/feature2.htm
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Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reef aquariums at home including a 500G SPS coral dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. He has published several articles in magazines such as Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, Aquarium Fish, and Advanced Aquarist. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at several marine aquarium society meetings in the US and Europe. He received the MASNA award in 2006, for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.

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