Questions & Answers

What are the benefits of using a Pulse Start Metal Halide System over a Metal Halide System?

Pulse Start vs. Metal Halide is truly a difference of ballasts. Traditional probe-start metal halide lamps do not use an igniter and require three electrical contacts to ignite the gas and remain lit. Newer pulse-start metal halide lamps use only two contacts and use an igniter located inside
the ballast pod. The benefits are numerous.

  • Longer Life – Up to 50% longer life reducing maintenance & replacement cost
  • Higher Efficacy – As much as 24% more lumens per watt saving energy and money
  • Rapid Restrike Time – Less than half the time to re-light when shut down
  • Better Color Rendition – Superior and more stable color rendering as lamps age
  • Less Color Variance – Lamps throughout the area appear to be the same color
  • Quick Startup – Full brightness in 2 to 4 minutes instead of 5 to 10 minutes
  • Superior Lumen Maintenance – About 14% less lumen depreciation means more light

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