New fixture has a few VERY good attributes:
26" wide, so I get a nicer even spread over the entire area. Less intensity, but better spread and angles of light hitting the leaves and penetrating deeper into the canopy. I'm not really looking for MORE PAR, just even PAR.
Cost, 190$ out the door. ATI: about 800$.
Weight, while larger, it weights LESS.
I can modify and put notched into the light frame to hold the wire suspension I have from the old ATI. This will look much nicer than the old ugly black cords.
5. I can gut the ballast out of the old ATI fixture and replace with standard E ballast. Then use just like a non dimmer ATI fixture. Someone will buy that for a decent price I figure.
6. Since the PAR is LESS and the Spread is wider...............I can lower the fixture down right above the top of the tank. The old ATI, I could do that also, but I'd only light the back 2/3'rds or the front 2/3's of the tank, not the entire tank.
1. Uglier and less discrete
2. Non dimming unless I used dimmable ballast and used an apex controller etc.
How old was that ATI fixture?
Maybe not quite 2 years?
Replaced 2 ballast in it during that time.
My other ATI's have all worked without issues.
Just this one was very problematic.