The new Electronic 250 watt PFO Ballast and the 250 Watt HQI Pendants, pretty much the best I have ever used. The Ballast is a sleek white slim box, and it has NEVER gotten anywhere near the point where I cant touch it. It gets to maybe low warm (maybe 105-115 degrees). Also the venitlation for the pendant is amazing with the disapation of heat and the coverage area is HUGE!!!!!. I paid 250 bucks, and for 250 bucks - heck even it was 500 dollars for the pendant and ballast, I would still say nothing comes close. Not to mention the fact that they weigh 3 pounds and are only a foot long but cover about 3 feet of area.