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I am currently using a mix matched set of digital ballest. 600w-400w and I found I can't tell any difference between 300w to 600w settings. My question is how do you all like the 250w models? Is not having a cooling fan built into the ballasts a good or bad thing? The 250w's are smaller and lighter. Any input is apriciated. Thank you in advance!
 

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250 digital ballasts are often hard to find. So on my current boat I'm running 400s turned down to 75%. 250s and 400s turned down work great and weigh about the same.
 

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I found the 250w's on ebay for the same price as the 400w ones. I need to turn my current ones down to 300w to run 4 on my geny. So if I will always run them at 300w maybe I should just buy 250w's to start with. I like the idea of not having the cooling fan since they will have plenty of air where I will mount them. And I just assummed they would be lighter since they are smaller. But maybe not enough to notice a difference?
 

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We have 400s on our front deck and 250s on our back deck. I can really notice the difference. Not saying you cant kill fish with them but if I had the choice id take 400s all the time
 

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From what I have seen the difference between 150s and 250s is massive, however, the difference between 250s and 400s is minimal. Last year I ran 4- 400s and 4- 250s. This year I switched to 8 - 250s. I cannot notice any difference at all.
 

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Thank you for all your input. Now I am wondering why Alinder says the 250w's are less then awaldro7 seams to be getting? Is one using mangnetic and the other digital ballasts maybe? Or different housings? If you two would give a little more detail it would be very much appreciated. I do really like the fact you both had 400w and 250w on the boat the same time. That's the best way to compare.
 

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I have 6-400w ballasts and run them turned down on 250. One because I only need one small gen but mostly because a 2000K hps bulb turned to 250w puts off a great deep yellow glow that is easy on the eyes. I have the ability to turn the fronts up to 400 if the water is bad Although i usually don't mess it them. Could use another gen and use all on 400 if I decide to go too a lake with traditionally more stained water too. it's always an option and a great range of versatility to have.. There is a noticeable difference in 250 and 400w settings personally. Really noticeable at first but after a min or so you'll realize you can see plenty enough. I also can't say that switching to 400 would be enough to put several more fish in the boat. I'll stick with the 250 setting personally.
 
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