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IceCap 660 VHO Ballast

 
The 660 can drive all VHO, PC and T5HO lamps in any combination up to 4 lamps, so long as the total lamp length does not exceed 16'.


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Installation and Operation I will tell you that this is NOT a plug and play unit!
There is a lot of wiring involved. You you are not comfortable with schematics and wirking with electrical wiring look at some of the pre-wired fixtures.

But do not be too scared! The instructions are very clean simple and easy to understand and iff all else fails call Support they are great people at IceCap Inc.

When you receive this ballast all you get the the ballast box and a wiring harness. Thats about 12 wires that are about 6 feet each. Looks complicated but it really is not.

First isolate the white, black and green wires. Those are the Neutral, Hot and ground wires. You will need to wire nut those to a 110v power cord. I also suggest and codes state that all live wire nuts must be in a junction box.

All the other wires go to the bubs in which ever configuration you choose to use. See included wiring diagram. It is very easy to understand and follow. You can run up to 4 T5ho bulbs with this ballast not exceeding 16 feet in total length. Personally I run 3 60" bulbs


Performance vs. Expectations I could not be happier! I switched from 3x 250w halide plus 2x 110 vho to only 6 80w T5ho. The corals have never looked better I love the color. The ballast overdrives T5 bulbs by about 30 percent. This does decrease the bulbs life but keeping the ends of the bulb cool significantly decreases loss of bulb life.
This ballast run 100% silent.
There is also no line noise generated


Value for money Retail is about $175 but shop around I can always fond them for about $120.
At that price they are the most expensive HO ballast that I know of but they are worth every penny.
Fully repairable you can send this unit in for repair if it ever fails.
It also comes with a full 3 year warranty.


Customer Support I have never dealt with Icecap regarding this product but have spoke with them on many occasion on different products. They are top notch. Will to take the time to really help the customer out.


Liked about it It's IceCap! 100% quality
A top notch service departments.
Extremely efficient ballast
100% silent
Fully repairable


Didn't like The price it high but I still fell worth every penny.


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By ckusnierek
May 25, 2010
 
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Installation and Operation Instillation of this ballast is normally easy, but finding a place to put it might not be. I have it mounted outside my canopy to keep it cool and dry.


Performance vs. Expectations This ballast has always worked well for me. I have owned 3 of this particular one and one of the 430's. I think the 660 version is the best ballast out there for compact flourcents and t-12 VHO's. I have not used it on t-5's but i am sure that it would rock those just as well.


Value for money I always seem to find these on special or at a very good price so i am more than satisfied with the product for the money. I don't think there is a better product out there at any price...


Customer Support I have called Customer support once to help out with configuration questions a long time ago and they were very helpful. They now post this information online so its now really easy...


Liked about it The ballast has always performed, and is easy to wire. The online diagrams show lots of diffrent configurations, so the one your looking for is most likely there. The ballast makes no noise and with the heat sink requires no fans, how nice. I have never had one go out and only know of one that stopped working after being left outside for a year...


Didn't like My only gripe is the heat sink. The edges are very sharp and will do some damage. I have drawn blood more than once and have spent time to sand/file down the edges. One would think this could be done at the factory easily.


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By ANGRY JOHN
Feb 22, 2010
 
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