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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Electronic ballasts are VERY easy to hook up. Much easier than magnetic ballasts, with their starters and all. You just pull your magnetic ballast and starter out of your 10g hood and mount the electronic ballast in it's place. The ballast has a black and white wire feed - just connect this to the power cord in place of the magnetic ballast. There should also be a green wire in the hood, which is ground. Just run that under one of the screws you use to mount the electronic ballast to the housing. The metal case of the housing needs to contact ground.
Then the hook up to the bulb is simple. There are two similar colors (for a two bulb ballast, four for a four bulb ballast), twist these together and then twist two wires coming out of one side of the end connectors and connect the two. Then there is another wire that's the common (usually yellow) connect that to the two wires at the other endcap.
Plug it in and enjoy!
Although you shouldn't see any problems, it's always a good idea to wear eye protection when testing electronic devices in unconventional configurations. Also, after firing the bulb up, monitor temperature for about 15 mins before placing the strip back on the tank. The bulb will definitely get warm, but it shouldn't be hot enough to where you want to pull your hand away. If everything looks good, mount the strip and you're done.
In any case - it's a good idea to provide some sort of additional cooling to help extend bulb life. Even a few additional holes drilled in the ends of the strip can provide much needed air to keep the housing from melting. :fire:
- Sam P -
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