These lights keep coming up in discussion. They usually cost $30.00 thou so $14 is a good price. The problem with them is the reflector sucks, there is a huge amount of light lost to restrike, the electronic circuits are prone to burning out, the case is not vented to release heat, the case is huge and won't fit in a normal canopy. You are right that the lights will not fire with any other ballast, I tried to use an electronic ballast on one and got no responce from the bulb.
I used two with vent holes drilled into the cases and computer fans attached to force airflow and got nice growth from my plants, the 10 gallon that used to be pictured in the gallery before the upgrade. If you are willing to work the lights over and void the warrenty you can make useful aquarium lights out of them.
Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.
It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".