T5 Lighting -80Watts wiring

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  1. mandarin

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    Good day every one, please give some advise, must the wire between the fluorescent tube and the ballast be a certain lenght, the canopy at the moment is to heavy and a hassle to remove it every time. I'm busy building a new one and i don't want to fit the ballasters inside the new canopy (to make it as light as possible) I would rather fit them some place else, about 3mtrs away.
    Any ideas welcome.
     
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    The shortest wires must be less than a meter. Anything over that and the ballast goes POP. What ballasts are you using? There should be a diagram on there.
     
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    Sorry disagree, I have just measured the length of wiring on my DIY 80 W unit & I have some wires 1,6 mtrs long....no "pops"......or am i just lucky ?
     
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    VS vossloh/schwabe ballasters, will have a look if they mention anything about the recommended lenght, thanks marius.
     
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    I have the VS as well for my 54W tubes. I will try and find the wiring diagram that I used and that I got from someone else.
     
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    Mine at the moment is also that long, some even more.
     
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    Here is that diagram i was talking about. I have heard from a few sources that the ballasts pop.

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    Wires 3,4,5,8,11 and 12 can then be longer am i right.
     
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    Yes. These can be long. Mine is over 1.5meters and no issues.
     
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    Thanks for the diagram marius and to all who replied, we can close this thread boss.:thumbup:
     
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    hi mandarin, hows it going? on my cell, but looks like you are making progress. Are you re-designing yours also?
     
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    Hi Neil, Yes i,m so fed up, damm thing tooooo big for one to handle, MH the other option but to expensive, rather spend it on a frag or two.
     
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    Generally the max length specs are on the ballast.
     
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