250W mogul base metal halide lamps have been an ignored set for a while, with only a few limited choices in the past. Recently there is a much larger variety of 250W mogul lamps that have become available and hence there is renewed interest in these lamps. In an excellent study Joe Burger conducted a detailed analysis of the PPFD output of these lamps. Details on this can be found at http://www.cnidarianreef.com/lamps.cfm. This set of articles (Part I and II) complements the work of Joe Burger by providing details on the spectral analysis of these lamps, along with the PPFD and CCT of these lamps.

Nineteen 250W mogul lamps were tested, using 3 different ballasts as listed in the table 1. While testing the last set of lamps, I also received an electronic ballast from Reef Fanatic. Unfortunately, 14 of the lamps had already been returned, and I only had 5 lamps at hand to test with this ballast.

Part I includes the data for the first 10 of the lamps listed (alphabetically) in Table 1. Part II will present the data for the remaining set of lamps along with a comparison of the different lamps.

Lamp | Ballast |
---|---|

Only 5 Of These Lamps Were Tested With This Ballast | |

AB 10000K | Standard magnetic M58 IceCap Electronic HQI ballast – M80 Reef Fanatic-Electronic* |

AquaConnect 14000K | |

Blueline 10000K | |

Blueline Superwhite | |

Coralvue 10000K | |

Coralvue 12000K | |

Coralvue 15000K | |

Coralvue 20000K | |

Hamilton 14000K | |

Iwasaki 6500K | |

PFO 13000K | |

Radium 2000K | |

Sun Aquatics 10000K | |

Sun Aquatics 14000K | |

Sun Aquatics 20000K | |

Sunburst 12000K | |

Ushio 10000K | |

XM 10000K | |

XM 20000K |

The magnetic ballast used was the Magnetek F-can ballast (ANSI-M58) and the HQI ballast used was PFO HQI ballast (ANSI M80).

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 [Ref. 1-11].

## 1. AB 10000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 343 | 120.8 | 3.23 | 130.7 | 7377 |

IceCap | 248 | 120.1 | 2.29 | 77.3 | 7930 |

Standard (M58) | 330 | 123.6 | 2.89 | 101.7 | 8663 |

## 2) AQUACONNECT 14000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 322 | 121.2 | 2.88 | 109.4 | 11444 |

IceCap | 250 | 121.7 | 2.31 | 83.6 | na |

Standard (M58) | 243 | 124.5 | 2.56 | 62.5 | na |

Reef Fanatic | 256 | 123.2 | 2.19 | 96.7 | 24763 |

## 3) Blueline 10000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 321 | 123.4 | 2.82 | 63.9 | na |

IceCap | 248 | 123.3 | 2.28 | 53 | na |

Standard (M58) | 242 | 123.1 | 2.61 | 33.9 | na |

## 4) Blueline Superwhite

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 354 | 122.4 | 3.12 | 159 | 5818 |

IceCap | 255 | 121.8 | 2.3 | 107.5 | 6486 |

Standard (M58) | 302 | 123.4 | 2.78 | 121.5 | 6780 |

## 5) Coralvue 10000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 336 | 121 | 2.97 | 93.8 | 5957 |

IceCap | 245 | 121.4 | 2.25 | 66.73 | 7097 |

Standard (M58) | 261 | 122.3 | 2.56 | 62.9 | 8770 |

## 6) Coralvue 12000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 331 | 121.2 | 2.91 | 75.2 | na |

IceCap | 256 | 123.2 | 2.31 | 56.2 | na |

Standard (M58) | 271 | 123.4 | 2.67 | 44.18 | na |

Reef fanatic | 258 | 123.7 | 2.18 | 52.4 | na |

## 7) Coralvue 15000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 341 | 122.4 | 3.00 | 74.9 | 10100 |

IceCap | 251 | 122.2 | 2.29 | 47.9 | 25741 |

Standard (M58) | 266 | 120.9 | 2.67 | 39 | na |

## 8) Coralvue 20000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 342 | 122.8 | 3.01 | 91.14 | 6183 |

IceCap | 250 | 123.3 | 2.24 | 60.31 | 7839 |

Standard (M58) | 276 | 123.5 | 2.68 | 52.8 | 9004 |

## 9) HAMILTON 14000K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 331 | 122.2 | 2.91 | 99.3 | na |

IceCap | 252 | 121.5 | 2.3 | 69.3 | na |

Standard (M58) | 258 | 123.2 | 2.63 | 53.6 | na |

## 10) Iwasaki 6500K

Ballast | Power (Watts) | Input Volts (Volts) | Input Amp (Amps) | PPFD | CCT |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

HQI (M80) | 373 | 122 | 3.23 | 189.6 | 6266 |

IceCap | 254 | 122 | 2.28 | 110.6 | 7209 |

Standard (M58) | 314 | 122.12 | 2.81 | 131.6 | 6902 |

Part II, will soon follow with data on the remaining lamps and comparison of the lamps.

## Acknowledgements

I would like to thank several people whose help made this study possible. Joe Burger for sending me all the lamps that he used in his tests. Patrick at PFO Lighting, Brian at HelloLights.com, Brad Shaw and Perry at Sunlight Supply, and Venki at Sun Aquatics. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Paul Walker of Penn State University for the use of the spectroradiometer.

## References

- Joshi, S. 1998. Spectral Analysis of Metal Halide Lamps Used in the Reef Aquarium Hobby Part 1: New 400-watt Lamps,
*Aquarium Frontiers,*Nov 1998. - Joshi, S. and Morgan D. 1999. Spectral Analysis of Metal Halide Lamps Used in the Reef Aquarium Hobby Part II: Used 400-watt Lamps,
*Aquarium Frontiers*, Jan 1999. - Joshi, S. and Morgan, D. 1999. Spectral Analysis of Metal Halide Lamps Used in the Reef Aquarium Hobby Part III: New and used 250-watt Lamp,
*Aquarium Frontiers*, - Joshi, S. and Morgan D., 2001. “Spectral Analysis of Metal Halide Lamps – Do Ballasts Make a Difference,”
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