- Aug 16, 2013
The bulb in question is rated @ 100W. If what you say is true I could probably under drive it with an 80W ballast. The EYE Moon Pulse Mercury lamp.You can even under drive or over drive lamps moderately for a short time without an ill effect. I ran an 80w fluorescent merc on a 70W son ballast for a few days with no noticeable effects.
I assume you do know that a 175W hid lamp of any type will be enormously bright as a desk light, though?!!
Also on that website there are some antique 40w incandescent lightbulbs I might pick up as well. Those might be more appropriate for a desk light and achieve the same effect.