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Old 18th November 2004, 10:13 PM   #11
The_gnu is offline The_gnu  Sweden
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since the MH's is a rather unusual lamp i don't think they are easy to find, especially not in "regular" stores here in sweden. Maby some light speciallst will sell them. But if you are going to order lamps from outside of sweden I think you should stick to countries inside the EU, since then you only will have to pay the shipping and not some extra Toll fe. Thats why I wont shop from the USA.
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Old 19th November 2004, 01:48 AM   #12
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Default high shipping cost

I think most of your high shipping cost is the ballast: They are very heavy! I have one for a 250 Watt bulb and it weighs 5 kilos. See if you can find a ballast somewhere closer. The bulbs are very light weight, so the shipping from Atlanta Light Bulbs should be much less expensive.

If you can't find a MH ballast locally, but you can find a 400 Watt HPS ballast, then you can order a Ushio UHI-S400DD Metal Halide bulb from Atlanta Light Bulbs. That is a "retrofit bulb", that works with an HPS ballast. It has very good color temperature and high CRI, even for a MH bulb.

But I think you should be able to find MH bulbs and ballasts in Sweden: These are the most efficient lighting available, used by companies and local governments everywhere. They might be difficult to find in a consumer-oriented retail store, but you should try calling some industrial lighting and electrical supply companies.
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Old 19th November 2004, 07:15 AM   #13
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Atlanta Light Bulbs are not very keen to ship out of the USA.
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Old 19th November 2004, 11:45 AM   #14
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I'm getting sick and tired of trying to find a cheap MH ballast, they all seem to cost more than at 1000bulbs + the shipping.
Hmm, the ballast I might order supports 208 and 240 volts, but I have 220 in my outlet, do you think it matters...?
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Old 19th November 2004, 08:38 PM   #15
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Default 220 vrs 240

Probably not as important as 50 Hz versus 60 Hz!
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Old 20th November 2004, 11:28 AM   #16
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ugh, well I ordered it now so we'll see.
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Old 24th November 2004, 07:15 PM   #17
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If you have trouble finding metal halide set you can try the way i found it.
First call Osram dealers for Sweden, find the number at
http://www.osram.se/
Osram produces HQI metal halide lamps

Ask them to tell you names of the stores to whom they sell their metal halide lamps..

Stores that sell metal halide lamps usually sell ballasts and igniters.
All you have to do is to call few stores.

Metal halide is not so unusual lamp. Now lot of stores in their windows use them and people in aquarium hobby love them

I think that HQI TS 400/D Fc2 model would be good for this purpose, 5200 K light, has UV filter....any opinions

If I managed to find MH set in Croatia, then anyone can find it
;-))))

price in Croatia lamp HQI TS400D - 67 EUR
ballast+igniter - 39 EUR
all including VAT in the store

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