Product Review: Spectral Analysis of 175W Metal Halide

Introduction

In a previous article I presented
the spectral data of 11 175W Metal halide ballasts. This article
continues with the test results of 11 more 175W lamps as measured
using the same basic setup and distances used in all my prior
tests, thus allowing for a direct comparison with previous data
(now available on the web at
http://www.reeflightinginfo.arvixe.com/).

Table 1: List of 175W lamps and ballast tests
reported in this article

LampsBallasts
Hamilton 175W 10000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
Hamilton 175w 14000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
Hamilton 175W 20000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
South Pacific Sunlight 175W 10000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
South Pacific Sunlight 175W 14000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
South Pacific Sunlight 175W 20000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
Venture 175W 10000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
PLUS 175W 11000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
Aqualine Buschke 175W 10000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
PEC 175W 10000KStandard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)
Iwasaki Aqua 2Standard Magnetic (M57)
IceCap (Electronic)
ARO (Electronic)
EVC (Electronic)

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1) Hamilton 175W 10000K

Table 2: Hamilton 175W 10000K performance on
all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)178122.61.626178070.3427
Icecap (Electronic)176122.71.660.782200.3449
EVC (Electronic)1811231.5763.577780.3508
Magnetic (M57)212122.12.0271.687070.3377

Figure 1: Spectral data for Hamilton 175W
10000K Lamp on all ballasts

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2) Hamilton 175W 14000K Mogul Base

Table 3: Hamilton 175W 14000K Mogul Base
performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)179123.31.6448.600.2715
Icecap (Electronic)178122.41.6348.600.2730
EVC (Electronic)1811231.651.300.2834
Magnetic (M57)168122.92.2329.800.1774

Figure 2: Spectral data for Hamilton 175W
14000K Mogul Base Lamps on all ballasts

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3) Hamilton 175W 20000K Mogul base

Table 4: Hamilton 175W 20000K Mogul base
Lamps performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)178124.21.6235.100.1972
Icecap (Electronic)176123.61.635.500.2017
EVC (Electronic)184123.91.5735.900.1951
Magnetic (M57)153122.51.8519.500.1275

Figure 3: Spectral data for Hamilton 175W
20000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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4) South Pacific Sunlight 175W 10000K Mogul base

Table 5: South Pacific Sunlight 175W 10000K
Mogul base performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)179122.61.6332.900.1838
Icecap (Electronic)1781221.623300.1854
EVC (Electronic)183122.21.628.400.1552
Magnetic (M57)194122.12.0331.100.1603

Figure 4: Spectral data for South Pacific
Sunlight 175W 10000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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5) South Pacific Sunlight 175W 14000K Mogul Base

Table 6: South Pacific Sunlight 175W 14000K
Mogul Base performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)181122.51.6424.600.1359
Icecap (Electronic)1791221.6322.900.1279
EVC (Electronic)183122.91.622.700.1240
Magnetic (M57)2231222.2326.800.1202

Figure 5: Spectral data for South Pacific
Sunlight 175W 14000K Mogul Base Lamps on all ballasts

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6) South Pacific Sunlight 175W 20000K Mogul Base

Table 7: South Pacific Sunlight 175W 20000K
Mogul Base performance on all ballasts

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BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)176122.91.628.100.0160
Icecap (Electronic)178123.11.6225.200.1416
EVC (Electronic)178121.81.5532.800.1843
Magnetic (M57)1911222.0227.300.1429

Figure 6: Spectral data for South Pacific
Sunlight 175W 20000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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7) Venture 175W 10000K Mogul Base

Table 8: Venture 175W 10000K Mogul Base performance on all
ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)1791231.6233.600.1877
Icecap (Electronic)178124.21.632.800.1843
EVC (Electronic)1811241.5636.500.2017
Magnetic (M57)213123.72.1634.400.1615

Figure 7: Spectral data for Venture 175W
10000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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8) PLUS 175W 10000K Mogul Base

This lamp is available from http://www.insidesun.com.

Table 9: PLUS 175W 10000K Mogul Base
performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)179123.21.6353.0171130.2961
Icecap (Electronic)179122.81.6350.768670.2832
EVC (Electronic)181123.61.5656.0776120.3098
Magnetic (M57)205122.52.0653.0168370.2586

Figure 8: Spectral data for PLUS 175W 10000K
Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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9) Aqualine Buschke 175W 10000K Mogul Base

Table 10: Aqualine Bushke 175W 10000K Mogul
Base performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)178123.21.6171.5104980.4017
Icecap (Electronic)174123.41.5570.8107470.4069
EVC (Electronic)181123.21.5572.5101000.4006
Magnetic (M57)189123.41.8473.5105650.3889

Figure 9: Spectral data for Aqualine Buschke
175W 10000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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10) PEC (Phoenix Electric Company) 175W 10000K Mogul
Base

Table 11: PEC175W 10000K Mogul Base
performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)175121.51.661.764370.3526
Icecap (Electronic)181121.61.646061080.3315
EVC (Electronic)1751221.5265.861710.3760
Magnetic (M57)192120.81.9166.263390.3448

Figure 10: Spectral data for PEC 175W 10000K
Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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11) Iwasaki 175W Aqua2 14000K Mogul Base

This is a very interesting lamp that will soon be available to
the reef hobby. In all my years of testing lamps, this is the one
lamp that has in fact tested at around 14000K as advertised. It
also has highest PPFD values among all the 175W lamps to go along
with the 14000K CCT, which would make it a very appealing lamp to
those seeing a lamp that truly satisfy the niche of being less
blue than the 20000K and more blue than the 10000K, without
sacrificing light output.

Table 12: Iwasaki 175W Aqua2 14000K Mogul
Base performance on all ballasts

BallastPower
Watts
Input
Volts
Input
Amps
PPFDCCTEfficiency
PPFD/Watt
ARO (Electronic)175123.21.5386.9137940.4966
Icecap (Electronic)165122.61.5386.8145650.5261
EVC (Electronic)178122.51.5387.2145650.4899
Magnetic (M57)189122.62.0271.5152150.3783

Figure 11: Spectral data for Iwasaki 175W
Aqua2 14000K Mogul base Lamps on all ballasts

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References

[1] http://www.reeflightinginfo.arvixe.com/

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  Advanced Aquarist
Sanjay Joshi
About

 Sanjay Joshi

  (51 articles)

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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