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My Pro 600 ballast isn't starting. What should I check?

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Please check the following:

 

1. Contactor

The Gavita Pro series require a contactor to switch. Household timers are not suitable to switch HID gear. Always use a timer with a double throw contactor.

2. Lamp

Sometimes during transport a lamp may get a bit loose in the lamp holder, also because of the heating up and cooling down for the initial period. Make sure the lamp is correctly inserted and check the lamp holder for damage due to sparking. Also inspect the lamp to see if the PIA antenna (the metal stripe on the arc tube) is still in place as a damaged PIA antenna can lead to start-up failures. If you have more than one Pro 600 you can try exchanging lamps to see if the lamp is the cause of the problem.

3. LED code

The Pro 600 has an status LED which blinks a series of up to 7 pulses to indicate status and errors. 7 pulses (igniting) looks like a continuous stream of pulses:

 

Status ballast LED indicator Description Solution
End of life timer exceeded 1 x flashing Lamp outside specs, could not start within allowed attempts Lamp is end of life or defect, replace lamp, reset power supply (disconnect power supply before changing lamp).
Bulb is cycling 2 x flashing Lamp is restarting, exceeds maximum number of  restarts Lamp is end of life or defect, replace lamp, reset power supply (disconnect power supply before changing lamp).
Low Voltage 3 x flashing Input voltage is too low Check input voltage, check wiring and connection, check neutral in 3 phase systems.
Temperature luminaire too high 4 x flashing Luminaire electronics temperature is too high (max. 115°c) Check installation, clean ballast, check environment temperature (max 40 Celcius), make sure luminaire is not heated by HPS lamp light. Reset power supply.
lamp voltage outside specification standards 5 x flashing Lamp voltage is too high or too low, lamp outside specs Lamp is end of life or defect, replace lamp, reset power supply (disconnect power supply before changing lamp).
High Voltage 6 x flashing Input voltage is too high Check input voltage, check wiring and connection, check neutral in 3 phase systems.
Ignition process (luminaire is trying to ignite) 7 x flashing Luminaire is trying to restart the lamp No action required. When lamp doesn’t start: Lamp too hot, defect or not properly connected (remote). Disconnect, check lamp cord and connections

If the ballast is really defect then have it swapped for a replacement from your store under the warrantee rules. 

 
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Article ID: 8
Category: Pro-line HID ballasts
Date added: 2012-09-18 09:17:23
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