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Old 02-20-2018, 06:11 AM   #1
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This ballast did not come with the socket pre-wired. I need to get from the bulb plug to the bulb socket. How do I determine which plug terminal goes to which socket terminal. (Sorry if I am not getting the terminology correct.)

The plan is to cut the plug off and splice in there with some longer wiring (about 3-4') and attach to the bulb socket.

Thanks for any help.

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What the *@*$ is this? That can't be an output device. What kind of power supply is that?

What planet did it come from?
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OK, it seems the wires to the two round posts go to the two socket terminals that have the screws. I just don't know where the wire from the flat post goes.

Anyone? Please?
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I am in Brazil, but that is the typical output on all grow light ballasts I have ever seen. I just never bought one that didn't have the female plug that goes to the bulb socket. I called everywhere -- they don't have the female connectors in Brazil apparently.
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I am in Brazil, but that is the typical output on all grow light ballasts I have ever seen. I just never bought one that didn't have the female plug that goes to the bulb socket. I called everywhere -- they don't have the female connectors in Brazil apparently.
I hope the output is a very very very low voltage with a very very very low amperage capability.
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That ceramic socket appears to only have two inputs, one each for the screw terminals. The other two machine screws hold the socket together, and the other two holes are probably just a manufacturing leftover. In other words, two wires go to the ceramic socket, a hot and a neutral, not a ground.

That power "supply" almost looks like a "power conditioner".
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I am in Brazil, but that is the typical output on all grow light ballasts I have ever seen. I just never bought one that didn't have the female plug that goes to the bulb socket. I called everywhere -- they don't have the female connectors in Brazil apparently.
I've never dealt with grow light ballasts, but I'm pretty sure that if you're thinking of cutting the female end off that cord to use it as a "supply", you're screwing up big time.
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I've never dealt with grow light ballasts, but I'm pretty sure that if you're thinking of cutting the female end off that cord to use it as a "supply", you're screwing up big time.
I don't see a female end on a cord.
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I think I posted in the wrong forum.
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Hi,

This ballast did not come with the socket pre-wired. I need to get from the bulb plug to the bulb socket. How do I determine which plug terminal goes to which socket terminal. (Sorry if I am not getting the terminology correct.)

The plan is to cut the plug off and splice in there with some longer wiring (about 3-4') and attach to the bulb socket.

Thanks for any help.

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Took me a minute to figure this out.

No, had not seen the specialized female plug like you would want to mate to the male plug in foreground.

The device to receptacle connector way in the background is typical, and I think THAT is what people were expecting.

Only quick way is to plug it in and read it with a DVM.
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"I don't see a female end on a cord"

Yes, I'm losing it. I can't edit or delete my posts either.
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This is what I need. Unfortunately, they do not sell those here in Brazil (where I live). I need to chop the male adapter off and hardwire into it. I never had to test lines before with a meter. First time for everything I guess.
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This is what I need. Unfortunately, they do not sell those here in Brazil (where I live). I need to chop the male adapter off and hardwire into it. I never had to test lines before with a meter. First time for everything I guess.
Did you remove the cover on the off-chance there was a schematic inside?
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If you check continuity from the ground prong on the line cord to the prongs on that plug you should be able to see which is the ground. The other two go to the terminals on the socket, doesn't matter which is which. So all you have to do is identify the ground and you know the other two go to the lamp socket.

If you cut the plug off it looks like there will be a green ground and a black & white. Black and white goes to the socket. Green ground goes to whatever fixture you have holding that socket.

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The thing that concerns me is that "supposedly" the "output" is to a male end, rather than a safer female socket. That's why I wonder if he doesn't have this thing all jacked up. Hopefully we'll get to find out if there's smoke or not, and I don't mean the type he's growing.
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This is why electricians don't help DIYers. Let them chlorinate the gene pool by themselves.

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