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Can you use a 100W HPS lamp with a 150W HPS ballast?



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Not recommended. It would work but shorten lamp life and may cause risk of fire. However, if you just wanted to check a lamp was capable of striking it would be ok for a few minutes. I've done the opposite in the past and used a 150w lamp with a 100w ballast. Works, but not good for any of the components, including lamp.