T5 retrofit wiring help

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Hey guys,
I'm not that handy when it comes to electrical. But didn't think it would be this much of a pain. So I was following a schematic from coralvue for the icecap 660 ballast. I have 2 of them and each ballast was going to run 3 x 60" bulbs each. I was very meticulous with the whole process. When I thought I was finished wiring. I plugged it in and not all bulbs would fire and the ballast started to smoke a little bit. Freaked me out and I quickly unplugged it. Anyone can help me out? Maybe come by and check my work? Thanks in advance!
 

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Seems like you can run up to 4 x t12 with them. NOT t5. Make sure it can handle the load. As far as I know. Most ballasts can run a max of 2 x 80w t5 each and anymore than that would be too much for the ballast to handle (I can be completely off) just my understanding as far as 60" bulbs go
 
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Seems like you can run up to 4 x t12 with them. NOT t5. Make sure it can handle the load. As far as I know. Most ballasts can run a max of 2 x 80w t5 each and anymore than that would be too much for the ballast to handle (I can be completely off) just my understanding as far as 60" bulbs go
Dang I guess I didn't look at the T12 part. I just looked at total bulb length of 15 feet. Ugh that's not annoying.
 
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