The Gavita Pro Classic SE 600w grow light is the first 240 volt electronic ballast that powers the professional Gavita 600w 400 volt electronic SE (single ended) High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamp. This lamp has the highest PAR light output, improved spectrum and the best light maintenance. Being the most efficient horticultural lamp available and the only lamp specifically developed for electronic ballasts, this is the lamp of choice for dutch professional greenhouse growers.
A 400 Volt HPS lamp is much more efficient than a standard HPS lamp. Both systems consume 600 Watts and therefore cost exactly the same to run but the Pro HPS lamps run at a higher voltage and a lower current. 400 Volt Pro HPS lamps produce more light for the same power consumption and will give at least 10% higher yield compared to even the best standard HPS systems. In fact, when they are seen side-by-side, the HPS lights are noticeably brighter, run cooler and the light they produce is slightly whiter. So in addition to them giving a higher yield, plants grown under a 400 Volt Pro HPS are healthier, happier and are at less risk of heat damage too.
The way that the Gavita Pro HPS lights works is that UK mains power (230 Volts) is fed directly to the combined ballast and reflector via a standard mains power lead. The special ballast then converts the mains electricity to drive the special 400 Volt / 600 Watt Philips Greenpower lamp. The distance from the ballast to the lamp is very short, meaning that virtually no power is lost through the connecting cable. The reflector has been especially designed to give a superbly even light spread despite it's small size. The surface of the reflector has one of the best coatings available and gives at least 95% reflectivity.
400 Volt / 600 Watt Pro HPS Philips Greenpower lamps maintain their efficiency and light output for much longer than standard HPS lamps. In fact they will normally last at least a year before they need to be changed out. It should be noted that normal HPS lamps and 400 Volt Pro HPS lamps are NOT interchangeable with different ballasts. Standard HPS lamps should only be used with standard or digital 230 Volt ballasts. 400 Volt Pro HPS lamps should only be used in lighting systems with a 400 Volt Pro HPS ballast like with this Gavita Pro product. 400 Volt Pro HPS lamps can be identified by the HPS EL marking on them.
Approximate light coverage per unit :
250w = upto 50cm sqr area
400w = upto 1mtr sqr area
600w = upto 1.5mtr sqr area
1000w = upto 2mtr sqr area