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Old 04-23-2002, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I just read info on VHO 160 watt lamps used in booths, the maufacturer said they can be "over driven" you can use higher wattage ballasts and run them at 170 or 180 maybe 200 watts ! All the same lamp!
That sounds to me like they are built to run at 200 watt but will wotk with ballasts down to 160, The ballast controls the lamp out put. So by using a higher or lower wattage ballast controls what the lamp out put will be. 160 watt that in most cases is really 168 watt,,,,,or 170 or 180 .
That the lamps will not burn out early or faster have output loss when over driven.
Sorry I don't remember what lamps maker makes these lamps or even were I read it, mybe someome else can give more info!



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Bed makers have been doing this for years.

You take a 160W lamp and use a 180w choke ballast with it and it will outperform the same lamp with a 160W ballast.How ever your life will decrease much faster.
You can use a 160w lamp in the Suncapsule 200w system. It will tan just as good, but you will only get 350-400 hrs on them.

Ergoline does it backwards. They actually underpower alot of lamps. They use a 160w lamp and a 140w ballast. This will decrease output, but lengthen life.(not sure if they still do this)
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Very interesting......so if for example if I bought 200 watt lamps put them in my booths with 180 watt ballasts the lamps would tan as well and have a longer life, and produce more sessions.

More sessions, less lamp changes = more profit.
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160 watt lamps will perform at up to 200 watts with decreased life but 200 watt lamps driven at less than 200 watts will not perform well. The gas used in the 200 watt lamp is different than the gas used in the 160 watt lamp. There is a difference. And don't think you can run 100 watt lamps at higher wattages because the filament is constructed differently and the lamp will fail in about 50 hours. 160 watt and 200 watt filaments protrude further into the lamp tube to provide a cooling zone at the end of the lamp to keep the filament from burning out.
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Not all Vho lamps have the longer filament & cooling Zone. Philips & Voltarc still use a standard filament in their 160's. Cosmedico, Wolff & LSI use a longer, stronger filament.

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Some of the 160 watt lamps we buy have "cooling rings" some brands don't.
The ones that don't get blacker on the ends faster. The ring is a flat round disk that is on the base of the electrode.
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