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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-12-2002, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone retrofitted a strip light with any of the bright kits from ? I have a two x 55 watt kit, and want to retrofit my 48" strip light for a 55 gallon tank. I don't think the reflectors will fit in the strip light. Has anyone had any experience on retrofitting a strip light that they could tell me how to do it?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-12-2002, 11:09 PM
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I did that exact retrofit to my 48" single bulb strip light. The reflector fits exactly into the strip light. Instead of putting the ballast inside the plastic fixture it must be mounted to the backside or the top of the fixture. I mounted mine to the back. You can't see it unless you look around the back of the fixture. They supply you with all the hardware to do this retrofit, If you go to the ahsupply site there are some pictures of a 24" model modified this way. If you need more info, let me know. Its pretty straight forward. Let me know how you make out. Good luck!
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Thanks, I already did it yesterday before I read your post. You are right, it fits exactly in there. I mounted the ballast on the back of the strip light. What di you do as far as all the heat produced from the PCs? I just drilled a bunch of holes in the back of the strip aobut 1 1/2 inch apart. Do you think That is OK? Or do I need to do something else? I had it on for several hours yesterday, and it got hot, but not that hot.
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Raising the strip off the glass will go a long way towards getting air inside there. If it can crack just a half inch, that will move more air than a whole lot of holes.

My PC bulbs ended up dying prematurely from heat damage. The glass tubes completely seperated from the ceramic base. I searched for "120vac fan" on Ebay and found a bunch for less than $5. Now they are hardly warmer than room temperature.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 09:22 PM
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I am installing a 55watt kit into my 24" light strip. The only problem I have is mounting the ballast. Since the plastic is thin, do I need to get caps for the screws? How did everyone else deal with the screws?

If my hood was wooden, it would be no problem. :?
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I recieved 1" vent covers in my kit, fit a drill with the right bit and drill a hole into eeach end of the strip, pop the round vent covers in. Nice and neat.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 10:46 PM
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You can predrill the screw holes in the plastic of the strip light. Drill the holes to the inside diameter of the screw thread and then just screw it in.

I did this retrofit a while back. If you have more questions send me a PM or ask here.



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