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Old 11-08-2008, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

Is this enough KVA for a sunstorm? I ordered one to boost my voltage and the supplier told me on the phone that I would need a 1.5 KVA, when it got to me it said the max amperage was 45 amps. The sunstorm draws more than that so I am not sure if I have to send it back. Could someone answer this? Thanks
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Re: 1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

I believe if your booster is a 16/32 1.5 ( and not a 12/24 ) you will be fine.
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Re: 1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

1.5 KVA is good for up to 60 amp beds.

Here is a diagram to wire it with an incoming voltage of 208. A 12/24 will give you 232 and a 16/32 will give you 240.

Orbit/Sunstorm likes 240 for the facials to reliably start as they are 1000 watt lamps underdriven at 800 watts.

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Re: 1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

1.5KVA 12/24 you are fine.
1.5KVA 16/32 you are cutting it close and should use a 2.0KVA.

What is you incoming actual voltage? Like Brian says the SunStorms like higher voltage. The facial ballasts are 250V so they need 235-240V. Your incoming voltage will determine which booster you need.
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Re: 1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

Thanks for the help everyone, the incoming volatage is 208V but is 212V in the winter and does drop down during the summer to around the 208V range from all the electrical consumtion so my electrician says. The transformer is made by UVALUX (most likely made by someone else and they stamp their name on it) and is a 16/32. Will this wiring diagram work for it? I asked them to send me a wiring sheet and they didn't. I can always get them to email one to me. Thanks for all of your help and let me know what you guys think.
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Re: 1.5 KVA enough for a Sunstorm?

The transformer you have will be fine and the diagram is how you wire it. I have been installing and wiring beds for over 17 years and I have always used a 1.5 KVA booster for a 60 amp circuit. This is what I do...and this is how you do it....

The bed will run at 242 in the winter and 238 in the summer. 16/32 boosters tend to only boost 30 volts. This will be spot on.
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Hey Brian, thanks it is 242 V on the nose. I can notice a big difference with the output as well. My staff didn't know that I upped the voltage and even came up to us and mentioned it was hotter. I will have darker customers and the lamps should be gone in no time! Oh well.
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