Metal Halide Lighting

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Introduction

Metal halides are a very efficient point source light. They use various earth metals to allow the lamp to burn in certain colours. MH lamps require a ballast to run and some require an igniter to fire. The correct ballast and lamp combination as recommended by the lamp and ballast manufacturer should always be used. Popular colour temperature MH lamps for marine aquariums include 10,000K, 14,000K and 20,000K.

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Components

Ballast

The component that provides and regulates the electricity supplied to the lamp.

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Lamp

The part of the metal halide that emits the light. Can be double or single ended.

Failures

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Reflector

What reflects the light emitted by the lamp into the tank, where it is required.

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Socket

What the lamp is mounted into.

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Comparisons

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