Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: East Lansing, MI, USA
Would I purchase a new Odessa? No.
I purchased a used Odessa fixture knowing I wanted to take it apart to see if the online fuss was accurate. In my opinion - it is.
First, the bulb sockets are cheap and the positioning can lead to problems. That is based on the way the sockets are constructed. Wire insulation can retract over time. It shrinks. In proper wire connectors, this is provided for. In this case, on the sockets, it will expose wire which is a fraction of an inch over metal. The wires connected to the socket may eventually contact the metal reflector and short. For the sockets I didn't replace, I turned the bulb harness over so the connections are facing the water. This will lead to oxidation of course. I'll replace all the sockets eventually. I didn't have enough on hand to do all of them when I had it apart.
The ballasts are unlabeled and not UL listed. I replaced those with Sunpacks I purchased online. Local suppliers didn't have 65 watt ballasts for compact flourescent bulbs. On the good side, T5 ballasts were in stock.
This one had moon light LEDs several of which were wired backwards. The fans and LEDs are connected with computer style connectors which would be fine, but they were soldered to wire that is too small for the current load.
Since I purchased used, and have the knowledge to rebuild it, I'll have $100.00 in a 48" 260 watt power compact with moon lights.