What HID reflectors do you use and why?
I know there are other good options, but if you only need 4" or no air-cooling, i keep coming back to the Super Sun original. I have tried Maybe 7or 8 others. The super sun original (there is a super sun 2 which i dont like as much, but it does have 6" air-cooled fittings) is extremely small and lightweight, while sending out a fairly even footprint for all size bulbs. I have used 400, 600, and 1000W in this reflector. This reflector would be good for supplemental light in a GH since it is so small it would creating little shading of natural light during the day. The only downside is it only has 4" air-cooled fittings. I ahev tried 6" and 8" air-cooled reflectors such as Cool Sun XL 8" and the Yield Master 6" and have noticed a poor light footprint (uneven) and a lot of light being lost through the holes for the ducting. The Super Sun OG has reflective covers over the air-cooled ports so that no light is lost down the air cooled ducting. I will search for an extremely in-depth post from another forum that has people taking a light meter every square inch w/ different reflectors and data logging it. If i remember correctly i think the Super Sun OG was one of the better ones (least hot spots, most even footprint). I look for that info.
What is the deal with the Ballasts integrated into the reflector?
Anyone have experience with these?
Weight and heat :)
Depends on the light however, 250w probably wont produce a ton of heat versus a ballast + 600 / 1000w ... Also a ballast + T5 array probably wouldn't produce a ton of heat either.
The Super Sun Original is what I was going to order, till I started to look at the Block Buster ... The BB is made for 4x4 plots according to people who have emailed SS to inquire about the SS2/1 vs the BB ...The SS1/2 is made for 3x3 plots ... but people praise the SS1/2 for their 4x4 plots too but if you look at the coverage it would be better to use a BB based on the distribution alone ...
The BB is square, the SS1/2 is a rectangle ... the internal angles are obviously different but if you email SS they can tell you more info. I prefer the lumen spread of the BB over the SS series lights with lower watt bulbs. If you use a 1000w in a SS series light sure you could cover 4x4 but it will be very hot vs a 400w bulb (3x3 coverage)
Then again there are people on other forums who purchased two SS2's and have since replaced them with a single BB :)
A lot of people from the forum I linked earlier swear by the SuperSuns in a 4x4 area ... some however have since switched to the BB and are just as impressed ...
One even said "The light changed so much I thought something was wrong with my ballast" 0_0