Magnetic vs electronic Metal Halide ballasts

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    I'm confused, I always thought Electronic ballasts where the way to go when using Metal Halides, but I've come across a few comments that have me doubting that and thinking I should just stick to the Magnetic ballasts I have instead of spending a fortune on electronic ones.

    This comment is what started it, from the AquaMedic website:
    Then I came across these comments on other websites:
    So my questions, has anybody experienced certain makes of bulbs not working on magnetic ballasts? How do we know the bulbs won't work, is it stated on the packaging?

    Is it really worthwhile forking out a thousand or two for electronic ballasts? Doesn't seem to be worth it to me.

    Anybody got any links to scientific studies on the differences between magnetic and electronic ballasts?
     
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    Doesn't help much, those are just links to manufacturers.
     
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    Dean look at the data sheets. You can compare output power and stability. Each manufacturer, whilst similar, has different spec's.

    From a magnetic ballast point of view i know that most aquarium globes need high amperage ballasts. eg the 400w globes need a ballast of at least 4.4A
     
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    For those of us simpletons which would be better, Magnetic of Electronic?
     
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    Led :p
     
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